For Eagles fans, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was a bright spot on a defense that struggled this past season. Philadelphia certainly noticed his contributions, but Cox has received some praise on a national level by being named to Mel Kiper Jr.'s All-Rookie team. Kiper, ESPN's noted draft guru, created a "starting" group of rookies based on their play this season.
"As he got more comfortable, the first-rounder out of Mississippi State became a lot more disruptive," Kiper wrote. "He finished the season with 4.5 sacks over the final seven games and should be a fixture for the Eagles going forward. Cox has a chance to become a Pro Bowl-level interior lineman."
Cox led all Eagles defensive linemen with 65 combined tackles in 2012 and was tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks. He also contributed seven tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hurries.
Cox joined Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and fellow defensive tackle Michael Brockers of the Rams on Kiper's list.