April 27, 2012 10:06:58 AM
I apologize but while The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog was at Starkville High's home baseball playoff game I was unable to transcribe what the draft analysts said upon Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here's what they said:
Mike Mayock, NFL Network: "This is another rare cat right here. People talk about a 300-pounder, he ran 4.76 at 300 pounds at the combine. And here's the deal with him. He'll be a 21 year old rookie. You can play him inside, you can play him outside. Remember Jim Washburn... with that wide nine, here's what the wide nine means, Jason Babin lines up in Avalon, New Jersey. On the other side, they line up in Los Angeles, California. And somebody in the middle's gotta handle all that space. And that's what this cat's gonna do for them. And it's a great call and a nice move-up by the Eagles."
Mel Kiper, ESPN: "He's a penetrator, he gets into the backfield, not a stay-at-home type, this kid can complement what they're doing at defensive end and get after the quarterback."
Jon Gruden, ESPN: "I think he's really going to complement this defensive line in Philadelphia. ... They need an inside pass rush presence like Cox so quarterbacks can't step up. They also need a defensive lineman that can go chase Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins. This kid plays gap to gap at Mississippi State. He's moving all the time, he's slantin', he rarely comes off square. I think that's what he's going to do at Philadelphia. ...Come off the ball and get after opposing quarterbacks. I like this pick by Philadelphia."
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