SI's Banks Says Eagles Should Have Taken LB Lavonte David

You may remember last spring when the Eagles traded up from the 15th overall pick to select Fletcher Cox. While the pick seemed to work out well for the Eagles in year one, Don Banks of writes that if each team had a crystal ball, well, the Eagles would have never had a chance to select the talented defensive tackle.

Banks posits that Cox should have instead went one pick earlier at No. 11 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

So where would that have left the Eagles? While they probably would have stayed at No. 15, Banks kept each team at the position at which they drafted; thus, with the No. 12 pick in the 2012 NFL Revised Draft, the Eagles select…

Philadelphia Eagles (Original Pick: Fletcher Cox, DT)
Re-do Pick: Lavonte David, LB. The Eagles need play-makers in their defensive front seven, and David proved to be a second-round find for Tampa Bay. His 139 tackles led the Bucs, and he had 19 tackles for loss, with two sacks, one interception and five passes defensed. Taken 12 spots after Cal outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks by the Eagles in the second round, David out-performed Kendricks on the weak side.

Credit the Eagles here. Often when Banks does this exercise, the team ends up with a player better than who they drafted. While David was very good in year one, Cox has a chance to develop into one of the best young defensive tackles in the game if he adjusts to new defensive coordinator Billy Davis’ scheme.

Here’s what Banks had to say about Cox:

With Poe contributing little as a rookie nose tackle, we’re giving Kansas City Fletcher Cox, a versatile talent who can play both defensive tackle and 3-4 end, and whose 5.5 sacks with the Eagles was one of their few defensive bright spots.

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