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The Philadelphia Eagles find a future Hall of Famer in 2012.

Sometimes, there are sure things in the NFL. John Elway was one. So was Von Miller and Joey Bosa. You can probably even throw Chase Young in that category. In 2012, with the 12th-overall selection in that year’s selection meeting, Philly went with a highly-touted defensive tackle from the Mississippi State Bulldogs. His name was Fletcher Cox.

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We can state now, with confidence, that one’s going to work out pretty well for the organization. Frankly, it already has, and it was obvious that it would be when he turned in a nice career in the SEC that climaxed with a First-team All-SEC nod in 2011 and a First-team All-American nod that same year, his final run at the collegiate level.

Playing in college football’s best conference was a fine tuneup for the pro game as Cox broke in with a Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team nod following a 15 game-run that included nine starts. The result was 39 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and three pass breakups.

Philly has had its share of misses in the first round of a few drafts, but this is one that they got right. If Cox continues on his current path, he’ll make the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his playing days are over. That’s a guarantee.