After trading up three spots with the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles chose Mississippi State‘s Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox with the 13th overall first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Eagles brass selected the 6’4, 298 pound Fletcher Cox because of his versatility. Cox possesed both the tremendous strength and nimbleness many NFL defensive coordinators running a 4-3 scheme seek.
Fletcher Cox was seen by most scouts as a top 15 pick. At Mississippi State, Cox was touted as a tough, quick tackle who provided a formidable force in the middle. In college, Cox displayed an explosive burst and often required a double team. Insiders feel that Fletcher is an athletic defender who projects solidly to either 4-3 tackle spots.
Consensually, Fletcher Cox was scouted as a terrific athlete for his sheer size. Scouts love Cox’s great arm length, that should assuredly give him a nice advantage on the interior. Cox’s rare explosiveness on the snap propels him with the power to finish a play with authority.
The Eagles not only drafted a need, they drafted a stud. From day one, Fletcher Cox will provide the front four the force they desperately needed. With the addition of Middle Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, Cox will inject a certain stability in the middle that the Eagles have been lacking since Corey Simon and Jeremiah Trotter.
I love the mind-set of the Eagles: Sure up the middle of the defense and let your smaller, quicker linebackers and safeties make plays. Rush the quarterback, cover the sidelines and plug the middle of the field. That, sounds like a recipe for success.