|Cox's 2011 season at Mississippi State got off to a rough start when he was suspended for the season opener for breaking team rules, but things only got better from there - to the point where he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. That decision appears sound as Cox is considered among the top defensive linemen on the board and stands a good chance of being selected in the first round. Cox was an imposing anchor on the Bulldogs' line as a junior, racking up 56 total tackles - 14.5 for loss - and five sacks while also blocking a pair of field goals. Those numbers were enough to make him the only Mississippi State player named to the AP's All-SEC first team. Though his primary position is defensive tackle, Cox also saw time at defensive end with the Bulldogs and could potentially play both positions at times in the NFL. An excellent natural athlete, Cox didn't place among the defensive tackle leaders in any discipline at the combine, but nonetheless impressed scouts in workouts. He has been praised for his ability to accelerate and make plays quickly, and his physical gifts mean he could develop into an even more imposing presence than he already is.