The first round of the 2012 NFL draft is in the books and what a whirlwind night it was at Radio City Music Hall. Amidst the surprises of the evening came the Eagles with one of the biggest. They actually did what most people were predicting in trading up for defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
There was a time when the Philadelphia faithful would have been disgusted with the selection of an interior lineman but not on this night. Eagles fans have had their eye on Cox for much of the past month and with each selection the anticipation grew that he could actually be had.
When the Eagles decided to make a really reasonable trade of pick Nos. 15, 114 and 172 to get their target the fan base was beyond pleased.
In Fletcher Cox the Eagles picked up a very athletic and versatile defensive tackle. He measures 6’4″ and weighs in at a healthy 298 pounds. He also ran the fastest 40-time for a defensive tackle at the combine at 4.79.
In the Eagles’ wide-nine alignment they showed a lot of weakness up the middle and Cox brings a huge upgrade against both the run and the pass. He can also get after the quarterback from the interior and out on the end.
Jim Washburn is chomping at the bit to unleash his new toy on the NFC East and fans are just as eager to see the havoc he is going to wreak.
Over his last two seasons at Mississippi State Cox totaled 20 tackles for loss to go along with 7.5 career sacks.
Per CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank Cox is ready to get into the playbook and play at 100 miles per hour.
After seeing the Eagles’ run defense look shameful at times in 2011 fans can’t wait to see Cox do just that. It is very doubtful that and fan of the Eagles is questioning Andy Reid or Howie Roseman on their first round execution.
That is a very rare occurrence on draft day but for once the Eagles made the clear and obvious moves and fans were on board with it. As good as Cox may end up being, perhaps the best part of the story is the continued positivity of the 2012 offseason.
Hopefully they can keep the good vibes going on Friday night. Tune in for pick Nos. 46, 51 and 88 and see where the Eagles go from here, but for now enjoy the victorious first round by the Eagles’ front office.