The 2012 NFL Draft certainly bore fruit for the Philadelphia Eagles. They landed three defensive studs in Brandon Boykin, Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox. They also struck gold in the third round with the selection of quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles looks to be the future of the franchise at signal caller and is already in his first Pro Bowl. It certainly is an impressive haul. Boykin broke out this year; he was second in the league in interceptions with six, playing limited snaps in the slot no less. He had two less interceptions than the talkative Richard Sherman in far less playing time; that’s an impressive feat for a second year player.
Kendricks looks like an ascending star at linebacker. He made plays all over the field in the decisive divisional win over the Dallas Cowboys and at only 23 years old is only going to continue to improve.
Cox is turning into a beast along the defensive line. He and partner in crime Cedric Thornton did a great job controlling the run game up front and getting pressure on the quarterback when needed.
Finally, what can you say about Foles? He had a record setting sophomore campaign. His quarterback rating was the third highest in NFL history in a single season. He had an astounding 27 touchdowns to only two interceptions. Keep in mind that he started the season on the bench behind Michael Vick, so he did all this in 11 starts.
Foles simply exceeded all expectation and had a mind-blowing season. Right now, this is his team. Most teams are happy to come away from a draft with one or two real impact players, and it looks like the Eagles have found four from the 2012 draft alone.
This A+ draft has set up the franchise well going forward. A few more drafts like this, and their will be no limit on how far this team can go.