There was a report out of Cleveland last Friday that the Eagles had expressed interest in acquiring the No. 4 overall pick from the Browns.
Plenty of reports since have stated that it's unlikely the team would make such a move. But If the Eagles were to make a move up, who would it be for? There was speculation that it could be for Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However, Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated and Draft Insider believes that the Eagles have their eye on a certain defensive tackle.
"Several sources have told us if the Eagles trade into the top ten it will be for defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, not Tannehill," Pauline wrote. "Cox would be perfect for the Eagles wide nine/nine technique."
Cox has been a popular selection in our Mock Draft Tracker. Pauline has Cox rated as his top defensive tackle and No. 11 overall prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. The question is whether the Eagles could wait until the 15th pick to get Cox.
The 6-4, 298-pound Cox had 56 tackles and led Mississippi State with 5.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2011. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Cox posted 30 reps in the bench press and ran a 4.79 in the 40-yard dash. Cox declared for the draft following his junior season.
The Eagles have selected a defensive tackle with a first-round pick three times in the Andy Reid era - Corey Simon in 2000, Mike Patterson in 2005 and Brodrick Bunkley in 2006. Reid has been known for moving up and down in the first round, but the Eagles made no moves to acquire any of the three aforementioned defensive tackles.
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