Although apparently the Dallas Cowboys are trying to camouflage their new found love for defensive tackle Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox is far more versatile and NFL ready at this point in both players young careers. Cox is one of the top defensive prospects in this years NFL draft was due to fly into Dallas on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit but due to the unexpected and damaging weather in the DFW area, the Mississippi State defensive lineman had to stay over night in Nashville. Cox finally arrived in “Big D” on Wednesday morning. He was in Dallas for what equates to a brief “feel ‘em out” type visit with the team. Cox is one of the highest defensive ranked prospects by many draft analysts and seems to be a perfect fit for the Rob Ryan coached defense of the Dallas Cowboys.
Cox will not be staying for long as it appears to be a one day trip. It’s likely that the visit with the team is strictly to visit with coaches and a tour of the team facilities. Cox currently sits atop most experts draft big board, just ahead of South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram. The All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle seems to address the most pressing need in the draft for Jerry Jones and company: Pass rush. The Mississippi State Bulldog also fills the need of an athletic interior lineman who can play the zero to the nine. (gap reference in terms of positions along the defensive line)
Essential, Cox can play and has played every position along the defensive line as coaches at Mississippi State moved him around a lot. With questions in regards to the interior defensive line for the Dallas Cowboys, it seems that Cox is an absolute no-brainer. That is, of course, if the incoming rookie is available when the Cowboys are on the clock at spot number fourteen in this month’s upcoming NFL draft.
If Dallas decides to go with a defensive tackle like Cox in the draft, All-Pro DT Jay Ratliff could possible make the move to defensive end. But with his utility-type value, Cox could still be as effective as a defensive end. His ability to play either position on the line may even entice the Cowboys more, if his name just so happens to drop to them at #14.