Superb get-off; first step quickness
Has the ability to bull rush
Great use of hands to shed blocks
Able to use hands and feet at same time
Can move around the line of scrimmage
Strong at the point of attack
Good pursuit skills
Cox's pass-rushing ability sets him apart from other defensive tackle prospects. It is hard to find tackles who have his capacity to pressure the quarterback; a dangerous interior pass-rusher is a huge advantage in the pass-driven NFL. Cox has a unique combination of speed and playmaking ability. He has the power to push linemen back and get them off balance along with the speed to shoot by them and get to the quarterback. Cox has a great get-off from when the ball is snapped. He uses that to get leverage on tackles and sheds blocks with quick, violent hands. Cox has the speed to jet by linemen and cut around them. Unlike some highly touted tackles in this draft class, Cox has a steady motor and is consistent.
Cox projects as a 4-3 defensive tackle who could play the three technique. His length and versatile skill set allow him to be a potential five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 system. Cox should go in the top half of the first round on Draft Day.