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Philadelphia Selects Fletcher Cox With 12th Pick Of 2012 NFL Draft

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NEW YORK - Mississippi State three-year standout defensive tackle and 2011 All-American Fletcher Cox was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. Cox is the 10th first-round pick in school history and the second in the last two years.

"I am so proud of Fletcher for the tremendous honor of being a first-round draft pick tonight," Head Coach Dan Mullen said. "He has worked for everything he has earned and is the epitome of what being a Bulldog is all about."

A native of Yazoo City, Miss., Cox was a three-year letter winner on the defensive line and aided the Bulldogs to seven wins and a bowl victory during the 2011 campaign. An early entry into this year's NFL Draft, he was named to both the AP and Coaches' All-Southeastern Conference teams following his junior season and was a prominent figure on the Mississippi State defense throughout his career.

Cox helped lead the Bulldogs to Egg Bowl victories in each of his three seasons, as well as victories in the 2011 Gator Bowl and the 2012 Music City Bowl. Over the last two seasons, Cox paved the way for the Bulldog defensive front that allowed less than 20 points per game, good enough to finish among the top 25 nationally both years. Cox led the team in 2011 with 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. 

A prized recruit in high school, Cox burst onto the scene at Mississippi State by receiving Freshman All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2009. He went on to start in 25 games throughout his decorated career with the Bulldogs, racking up 24.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and a school-record five blocked kicks. 

Cox is the first defensive lineman chosen from Mississippi State in the first round since Glen Collins was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 26th pick in 1982.

Many more Bulldogs hope to hear their names called as the 2012 NFL Draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds and concludes Saturday with rounds four through seven. For more information on the MSU draft picks, follow the program on Twitter at and like the team on Facebook at

All-Time MSU Players Selected in the First Round

Pick     Year    Pos.     Name                          Team

2          1982    LB       Johnie Cooks               Baltimore Colts

5          1956    RB       Art Davis                    Pittsburgh Steelers

8          1983    RB       Michael Haddix          Philadelphia Eagles

8          1959    DB      Bill Stacy                    Chicago Cardinals

10        1975    DT       Jimmy Webb               San Francisco 49ers

12        2012    DL      Fletcher Cox              Philadelphia Eagles

13        1996    DB      Walt Harris                  Chicago Bears

24        1996    WR      Eric Moulds                Buffalo Bills

26        1982    DE       Glen Collins                Cincinnati Bengals

32        2011    OL       Derek Sherrod             Green Bay Packers

All-Time MSU Defensive Lineman Selected in the NFL Draft

(Since AFL/NFL Merger in 1970)

Pick (Overall)     Round        Year    Pos.     Name                          Team

12 (12)                  1                 2012    DL      Fletcher Cox              Philadelphia Eagles

33 (165)                5                 2011    DL       Pernell McPhee           Baltimore Ravens

15 (1520               5                 2007    DL       Antonio Johnson         Tennessee Titans

1 (137)                  5                 2005    DL       Ronald Fields              San Francisco 49ers

31 (96)                  3                 2002    DL       Dorsett Davis              Denver Broncos

20 (183)                6                 2001    DL       Ellis Wyms                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

31 (93)                  3                 2001    DT       Willie Blade                Dallas Cowboys

24 (190)                6                 2000    DL       John Hilliard               Seattle Seahawks

26 (120)                4                 2000    DL       Alvin McKinley          Carolina Panthers

6 (102)                  4                 1997    DT       Terry Day                    New York Jets

19 (215)                8                 1992    DT       Nate Williams             Pittsburgh Steelers

5 (116)                  5                 1991    DT       Robert Young             Los Angeles Rams

13 (264)                10               1989    DT       Anthony Butts                        Denver Broncos

7 (284)                  11               1986    NT       Pat Swoopes               New Orleans Saints

2 (26)                    1                 1982    DE       Glen Collins                Cincinnati Bengals

2 (113)                  5                 1981    DE       Tyrone Keys                New York Jets

12 (290)                11               1978    DT       Larry Gillard               Cleveland Browns

10 (10)                  1                 1975    DT       Jimmy Webb               San Francisco 49ers

Mississippi State Football Draft Notes:

Ten Bulldog players have been selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft. A breakdown on those selections includes three running backs, three defensive linemen, one wide receiver, one offensive lineman, one linebacker and one defensive back.

Mississippi State has had a player drafted in the first round in back-to-back years for the first time since 1982 and 1983 when Johnie Cooks and (2nd overall) and Glen Collins (26th overall) were chose in the 1982 draft, and Michael Haddix (8th overall) was chosen in the 1983 draft.

A MSU defensive lineman has been drafted in three of the last five years. In all, there have been 18 Bulldog defensive linemen selected in the draft. Cox is the highest MSU player drafted since Michael Haddix was chosen eighth overall by the Eagles in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Under Head Coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State has had seven players taken in the NFL Draft (as of the end of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft), including two first-round draft choices. The seven overall and two first-round selections are the most by any university in Mississippi since Mullen arrived in 2009.

Cox became the 15th Bulldog drafted by the Eagles and the first MSU defensive lineman chosen by Philadelphia. He was the first State player selected by the organization since Jamar Chaney was a seventh-round choice in 2009.

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