Fletcher Cox polymerizes the fire and wind of sports: size and speed.

Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Cox was gifted with athleticism and bulk. At 6 ft 4 and 298, he ran a 4.79 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, one of the best times in history by a DT. After shinning in his junior year, Cox earned All-American honors. As a formality, he entered the 2012 NFL Draft the same year.

He never looked back.

Cox emerged as a rising star amid the fading dust of 2012. He recorded 39 tackles and netted 5.5 sacks in 15 games played. His best game by far was in the Eagles’ visit to Washington, where Cox claimed eight tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He eclipsed his declining peers after Jim Washburn left, and looks a lock for a bright future. Cox was named to the All-Rookie team this past week, and was one of the lone bright spots of 2012.

The new coach will be able to build around him, Mychal Kendricks, and Brandon Graham for the future. Cox will be able to play run defender/space eater as the 3-4 DE, or at his current pass-rushing DT spot if the 4-3 is salvaged. While he has areas in which to improve, this much is known: amid a period of poor drafting and scouting, Howie Roseman deserves credit for getting this one right.

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