The Philadelphia Eagles saw an opportunity, and they jumped at it. The Eagles must have been salivating as they watched the first 10 picks of last night’s first round of the NFL Draft unfold.
The player who many pundits said was atop Philly’s wish list all along, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, was still available. The Eagles, though, still had five picks to go before them, so they did what they have been known to do over the last few years – they leaped ahead of other teams, completing a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to move up three spots in the draft to #12 and secure Cox’s services.
The Eagles gave up a fourth-round (#114) and sixth-round (#172) pick to the Seahawks to move up those three spots, a small price to pay for a player they believe will serve a huge role on their defensive line.
Don’t know Cox? Here’s a mini scouting report on him, courtesy ESPN.com:
What he brings: Cox is a disruptive interior run defender who has the initial quickness to disrupt plays in the backfield. He also has the violent hands and closing speed to get after the quarterback. He’s versatile enough to line up at defensive tackle or defensive end.
How he fits: Even though it initially looks like the Eagles are in pretty good shape on the inside of their defensive line, in this Wide Nine defensive scheme, where they really play their linebackers on the edge, it gives the interior of this defense a lot of space to cover. He should be an excellent inside penetrator and a lot of one-gap schemes and the Eagles love to use a deep rotation on the defensive line and come at offenses in waves. Andy Reid will never pass on a good interior player. With Cox upfront and newly acquired DeMeco Ryans at MLB coming from Houston as a free agent, the interior of this defense has dramatically been upgraded.
With the first round in the books, how does Day 2 of the NFL Draft look for the Eagles? Philly will have three picks in Day 2, which starts at 7 pm tonight. They have two picks in the Second Round (#14 and #19) and one pick in the Third Round (#26). Who they will target is really anyone’s guess; picks outside the First Round are often extremely hard to predict.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com has the Eagles selecting California linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the second round. Those picks would fill needs, I guess.
Personally, I’d love to see either Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin or Ole Miss offensive tackle Bobby Massie somehow drop to the Eagles at #14. Then either Kendricks or North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown would look nice at #19.
Who would you like to see the Eagles pick?