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Eagles cough up a 4th and a 6th to snag Fletcher Cox in pick #12…

It was dynamic, for sure… the Eagles traded up to get their man at Defensive Tackle…

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Fletcher Cox (#94), 6-4, 298, extremely mobile defensive tackle from Mississippi State…and DL coach Jim Washburn really wanted this guy…

For the first time in some time, Andy Reid took a player in the first round that many had him targeting and that many fans pleaded he would take.

First of all, which of our MACHers had Cox in their wallets?  Here’s the count:
-B. Quick
-Genetic Freak
-Fields (r69)
-Brozer
-Brizorro
-BRIZER
-go_green
-South Philly Ben
-Kent Phil
-Todd Orange
-Dr. Funt
-Hudson Hawk
-BeanStalk
-DDD

Okay…good work, gentlemen.

Now let’s analyze the pick….

To move up three spots from No. 15, the Eagles gave the Seahawks their fourth and the best of their three sixth-round picks. Coach Andy Reid said that the Eagles went into the draft committed to not dealing away either of their two second-round picks or their third-round selection.

And that’s a smart move— because several players with first-round grades – such as defensive tackles Jerel Worthy of Michigan State and Kendall Reyes of Connecticut, along with Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill – are still on the board and could be there when the Eagles make their next pick of the second round.

“We had ourselves honed in on what we wanted to spend,” Reid said. “And so, we weren’t going to get as elaborate as some (teams) did. We had other people there that we liked if this didn’t work out.”

Getting Cox, many believe, will help him right away. Reid often looks long term. He may not have that luxury this year, and that may have led to the confluence of his and Eagles fan’s win-now objectives in getting Cox. “His athletic ability— it jumped out at you,” Reid said. “For a big man to move the way that he can move…well, that’s rare.”

The Eagles entered the draft with nine picks. They still have six even after giving Seattle the 114th and 172d overall picks. Along with their second and third round picks, the Eagles still have a fifth rounder, two sixth rounders and the seventh rounder that came Wednesday after the Eagles traded Asante Samuel to Atlanta.

Here’s what some of the national media pundits had to say:

USA TODAY: “Philadelphia surrenders pick No. 114 and a sixth-round selection to move up three spots, but Cox is certainly worth the price. A true penetrating three-technique, Cox does his best work disrupting upfield with low pad level and excellent burst. He still has a long way to go technique wise, infrequently using his length to his advantage, but Cox’s relentless motor is invaluable. This is a perfect fit for the Eagles’ aggressive, upfield defense.”

NFLN’s JASON LACANFORA: “Defensive tackles annually go higher in the actual drafts than the mocks. In that sense, Cox’s fast rise should surprise no one. NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell calls Cox the best overall defensive lineman in the draft, with the “natural athleticism and body flexibility to develop into a quality pass rusher”.

A lot to take in for one night! Get your rest, it starts all over for Rounds 2 and 3 later today!

Total Round 1 Draft Results for April 26, 2012….

Pick # NFL Team NFL Draft Pick
1 IND Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2 WAS Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
3 CLE Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
4 MIN Matt Kalil, OT, USC
5 JAX Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
6 DAL Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
7 TB Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
8 MIA Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
9 CAR Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
10 BUF Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
11 KC Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
12 PHI Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
13 ARI Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
14 STL Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
15 SEA Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
16 NYJ Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
17 CIN Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
18 SD Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
19 CHI Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
20 TEN Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
21 NE Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
22 CLE Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
23 DET Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
24 PIT David DeCastro, G, Stanford
25 NE Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
26 HOU Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
27 CIN Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
28 GB Nick Perry, DE, USC
29 MIN Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
30 SF A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
31 TB Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
32 NYG David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Thomas Jackson

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Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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