A Fresh Name: Eagles Should Target DT Fletcher Cox

Luke Kuechly. Vontaze Burfict. Devon Still. Oh, and RGIII.

Glad we got that out of the way.

Now, let’s turn our focus to another potential draft target for the Eagles with the 15th overall pick in the draft, Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox.

Cox was an athletic force along the defensive line in his three years for the Bulldogs and was regarded by many experts as one of the top five defensive line prospects in this year’s draft. Most current mock drafts project Cox going somewhere near the end of the first round.

But after his performance in Indy yesterday, he may be working his way up the list, and onto the Eagles’ radar.

Cox opened the eyes of many with his 4.79 40-yard dash, 30 reps on the bench, 103 inches in the broad jump, and an impressive 4.53 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

Here’s hoping those eyes included that of Howie Roseman and Andy Reid.

The fans’ focus remains on upgrading the linebacker position, and I’m all for that. But it’s well known the Eagles have shown a tendency to build from the inside out via the draft, so it’s very much a possibility that the Eagles use their first round pick on a potential game-changing defensive tacklke.

Cox might fit that profile.

He’s a versatile player who will play primarily serve as a pass rushing defensive tackle, but also possesses the athleticism and strength to produce and pass rush off the edge and hold his own against the run. He tallied 114 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over his three-year career. Cox came on strong in 2011 when he recorded 56 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks on his way to being named first-team all-SEC by the Associated Press.

Oh, and one more thing. Remember Jason Pierre-Paul’s season-changing blocked field in Dallas last December? Well, Cox can do that, too. He’s blocked five kicks, including a field goal in his team’s 23-17 win in the 2011 Music City Bowl.

So, yeah. It’s time to put Cox on the radar.

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