Eagles Trade Up to 12th Pick, Select Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox

I said it in February. I did. I actually got it right. And here’s the proof.

After trading their fourth and sixth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the 12th overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox.

Good. Bleeping. Pick.

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.

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 at the NFL Combine.

Apparently, those eyes included that of Howie Roseman and Andy Reid.

It’s well-known that the Eagles have shown a tendency to build from the inside out via the draft, so it’s not surprising that the Eagles used their first round pick on a potential game-changing defensive tackle.

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.

Great. Bleeping. Pick.

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