Overview of the Eagles Key Draft Acquisitions
Written by Leslie Branch
The 2012 draft is complete, and everyone agrees that the Eagles did a great job this year. Here are a few of the Eagles’ top picks.
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (6-4, 298). This pick alone solidified the Eagles’ 2012 draft as a a success in the minds of fans and critics alike. The 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Cox is a large man, and scouts figure he has more room to grow in terms of both size and ability. Cox is a great fit in the Eagles’ wide-9 scheme due to his ability to line up as a defensive tackle as well as a defensive end. The pick also serves to create the sought after buzz-word “competition” in the Eagles’ upcoming training camp. Future sports analysts taking online classes predict that Cox, along with Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon, and Cullen Jenkins figure to be locks for roster spots, leaving Cedric Thornton and Derek Landri to fight for remaining spots on the defensive line.
Mychal Kendricks, LB, California (5-11, 239). Kendricks is an interior linebacker from Cal whose predicted spot in the draft shot up after an exemplary combine. In the combine, Kendricks was amongts the top performers at his position, posting an eye-popping 4.47 40 yd. dash time, as well as a 39.5 vertical jump. He is smaller than the prototypical ILB, but this just allows for scheme versatility–something the Eagles seemed to be seeking this year as a rule of thumb.
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (6-3, 266). Coming from a smaller, lower profile Conference USA program (Marshall), Curry is a pass rushing specialist most notable for a high upside and a natural athletic ability that will hopefully trump his shortcomings on paper. Sure, he is smaller than what NFL offensive lineman are used to handling, but perhaps the Eagles will put him at outside linebacker. Curry is known for his explosive speed and ability to close a ball carrier, as well as a talent for creating lanes to the quarterback over the course of a game.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona (6-5, 243). In Michael Vick, the Eagles have enjoyed a dynamic QB for the last few seasons; however, they have not enjoyed that QB for a whole 16 games. With Vick as your starting QB, the second-string QB will see substantial playing time compared to second stringers in the rest of the league. Spending a 3rd round pick on Foles makes a whole lot of sense for the Eagles. Accredited Online Colleges agree that the Seahawks’ 3rd round pick on Russell Wilson after signing Matt Flynn during the offseason is questionable. For the Eagles, their QB pick represents the classic “time will tell” kind of pick: its not as if Reid has had much success with developing quartbacks in the past…
For more resources on the Eagles’ 2012 draft, check out the following resources.
Fox Sports – a comprehensive overview of all of the Eagles’ picks.
Bleacher Report – the all-things sports blog, featuring opinions on the Eagles’ pick.