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Eagles Move Up For DT Fletcher Cox

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Another bold first-round trade for the Philadelphia Eagles lands the man they wanted.

The Eagles traded up from No. 15 to No. 12 overall to select Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, an interior pass rush nightmare who should thrive in defensive line coach Jim Washburn's scheme. The 6-4, 298-pound Cox had 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in his junior season at Mississippi State.

Philadelphia traded their No. 15 pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 114 overall) and a sixth-round pick (No. 172 overall) to Seattle for the right to select Cox.

Here is the scouting report on Cox from Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline.

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors last season. Finished his junior year with 56 tackles/14.5 tackles for loss/5 sacks after posting 9/6.5/2.5 as a sophomore.

Positive: Developing defensive lineman with a large upside. Athletic player who explodes off the snap with a terrific first step, displaying outstanding movement skills and the ability to quickly change direction. Works his hands throughout the play, moves well laterally and gets outside the box to make plays in pursuit. Has a tall, linear build, breaks down well and is agile. Slides off blocks to get to the ballcarrier, flashes power in his lower body and rarely gets knocked off his feet. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, fluid if asked to twist or stunt and displays a burst of closing speed. Possesses good size and offers growth potential.

Analysis: Cox watched his game take off last season and is now positioned to be a top-20 choice in April's draft. His athleticism and versatility are intriguing, as Cox has the potential to line up at several different spots on the defensive line. Cox will only improve as he physically matures, and he has the potential to develop into one of the best defenders from this draft in time.

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