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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Has Cowboys Taking Fletcher Cox In First Round

In the latest mock draft from Todd McShay, the ESPN Insider has the Dallas Cowboys taking Mississippi State DL Fletcher Cox in the first round:

Record: 8-8 | Top needs: 3-4 DL, G, CB, RB, 3-4 OLB, TE

Fletcher Cox*, DT, Mississippi State

Stanford G David DeCastro and Alabama S Mark Barron are possibilities here, but I like what Cox could bring to Rob Ryan's defense. He has the versatility to play anywhere along the defensive line and can provide pass-rush production from the inside.

An athletic 6'4 295 defensive lineman, Cox has the ideal size to be a 3-4 DE and could see snaps at both defensive line positions in the NFL.

Last season at Mississippi State, the junior had 56 tackles, including 14.5 for loss and 5 sacks, in 12 games.

Throughout the season, he showcased tantalizing glimpses of talent, but many draft analysts think he didn't quite put it all together enough to be worthy of a Top 10 selection.

A comprehensive breakdown of his 2011 game against Wake Forest:

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