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Report: Eagles would target Fletcher Cox over Tannehill

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The Eagles have shown quite a bit of pre-draft interest in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They worked him out in College Station on April 2, and a recent report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggested that the Eagles were interested in trading up in the draft. Though the Plain Dealer‘s story didn’t specify the player Philadelphia covets, dot connectors may have believed it was Tannehill.

According to Tony Pauline of SI.com and TFY Draft Insider, however, the object of Philadelphia’s affection in any trade wouldn’t be a new quarterback. It’d be Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Citing “several sources,” Pauline reports that Cox would be the Eagles’ target if they engineered a trade into the top-ten selections. Cox is an up-the-field, pass-rushing interior lineman, and would fit Philadelphia’s Wide-Nine defensive scheme.

We projected Cox to the Eagles in our latest online mock draft, and it’s believed the team sent defensive line coach Jim Washburn to work out Cox on Mississippi State’s campus after the Combine.

One potential top-ten trade partner could be Jacksonville at No. 7 overall. It’s no secret that the Jaguars want to trade down in the draft, and the Eagles may have to leap ahead of the pass rusher-needy Dolphins (No. 8) and Panthers (No. 9) in order to secure Cox.

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59 Responses to “Report: Eagles would target Fletcher Cox over Tannehill”
  1. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 17, 2012 2:48 PM

    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious.

  2. holdsteady76 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:49 PM

    I thought MIA had to take Tannehill at 8

  3. mding729 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    I hope the eagles do trade up to the number 4 pick. I hate the eagles and the browns, but just to see the browns fans reaction would be priceless.

  4. Max says: Apr 17, 2012 2:57 PM

    Seriously if a team were interested in Tannehill they would not draw attention to it, all this Eagles, Seahawks, and Chiefs talk is probably generated by those teams as well. Trying to create a fake market for Tannehill, so that Teams like the Browns and Dolphins feel the pressure to take Tannehill early and let the players the Eagles, Seahawks and Chiefs really want slide down the board. Believe nothing.

  5. fatsmcnadds says: Apr 17, 2012 2:58 PM

    Trade up for Fletcher Cox!LOL please do signed the rest of the NFC East.

  6. deadeye says: Apr 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    Of course leaking a story like this would work perfectly if they truly are targeting Tannehill.

  7. realnflmaster says: Apr 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    I’d like to see this kid win his first ring with the JETS in 2012.

  8. dexterismyhero says: Apr 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    What about Vince Young? Is he still dream teaming?

  9. We'reFineThere says: Apr 17, 2012 3:02 PM

    The Eagles aren’t moving up into the top 10. And they are certainly not moving up for a DT when there are like 8-10 worthy of going in the first two rounds. They spent the offseason putting themselves in a place where they can take the best player available regardless of position.

    Yeah, they probably would like to have Fletcher Cox the most of the DT group and they could take him at 15 or maybe even move up to 13 but not into single digits.

    I think the Eagles draft plan is more like… Kuechley, Cox, or Barron… not Cox at all costs. (and yes I am scared of Tannenhill if he ends up slipping).

  10. kapooti says: Apr 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    no one has bought into the tannenhill rumor anyways.

  11. We'reFineThere says: Apr 17, 2012 3:05 PM

    Oh, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has basically been like a random dude’s blog for at least 3 years now. It’s the same as the National Enquirer of Sports News.

  12. moelester says: Apr 17, 2012 3:07 PM

    Well duh. Mike Vick is the best QB of all time who shows no danger of injury or aging. Why would they need another QB?

  13. silverhornet says: Apr 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    Careful… you never want to trade up too far and reach for Cox. Reaching for Cox is never a good thing.

  14. skinspop102 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:10 PM

    “Pauline reports that the Cox would be the Eagles’ target”…”the Cox”…haha. Should have known that was the Eagles target all along. Gobble it up Iggles!

  15. gerard33 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:14 PM

    most reports between now and the draft are calculated LIES, don’t believe it…

  16. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Apr 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    i would suggest trading before the 9th pick, because if he’s there for carolina, he’ll be suiting up in a panther’s uniform next year. and that is a fact.

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    @ fatsmcnadds
    be carefull what you wish for brother. a beast like COX or Brockers in the middle of that line would be bad news for the entire NFC east..

    Tannehill, no chance he is drafted high by a team that needs to win NOW.

    I think a deal that included Asante would cut down greatly on the amount of picks we had to give up to move forward. I would love for them to give up Asante & both 2nds to get back into round 1 for Baron / keuchly..

    this will be a weird first round guaranteed.

  18. bigbluecrew420 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:15 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh
    Apr 17, 2012, 11:48 AM PDT
    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious.

    —————————————————-

    You forgot

    - the only team to make Tebow look like a professional QB

    - the team that got sent home by Tebow

    - the team who’s QB rapes women and is as selfish as one could be. The team with QB who puts only the QB first with his reckless behavior

  19. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    Ask yourself this: If one of your team’s backup players (who don’t even see the field) were to say ANYTHING to the media…would it have any weight to it? NO!

    The media simply did their job and took the “dream team” talk and RAN WITH IT.

  20. therealsmiley says: Apr 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    But they’re the Iggles…does it matter? Hail!

  21. dryzzt23 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    If the Iggles took Tannehill, they’d finally have a real QB for once.

    Vick is terrible, neither Kafka or Edwards are long term answers to the Iggles NFL-worst QB problem.

    Tannehill could sit for a year and learn the West Coast OFF, then the Iggles can cut Vick and Tannehill will take over.

  22. musicman495 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:21 PM

    As we all know, Sen. Larry Craig developed the Eagles’ Wide Nine Stance.

  23. fink says: Apr 17, 2012 3:21 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan, so I know that the Eagles fans suspect I don’t know a damn thing.

    Your offense has the potential to be explosive, and your defense is not that far off from being a dominant force.

    In all honesty this Eagles team frightens me more than any other NFC East team. Maybe even more than any other NFC team, period.

    Trading up for Cox is just typical pre-draft posturing. A lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  24. 69firebird says: Apr 17, 2012 3:23 PM

    They better get someone for tebow to throw to

  25. trollaikman8 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    Reid and company have been salivating over Cox for quite some time. Oh, and pastries.

  26. snowpea84 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:35 PM

    Eagles clearly value DT. Obviously they have spent a number of high draft picks on the position.

  27. armeniandelight4 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:41 PM

    Do we really need to trade up to get him?

  28. mungman69 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:43 PM

    There are a lot of bitter people here.

  29. redmosquito22 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:53 PM

    The Eagles are so close to the vest that no one outside of the people in the draft room have any idea what they are thinking. If you think these reports have any validity then you don’t know how the Eagles operate. If anything these rumors are a smoke screen to cover what they really want.

  30. jacksaysfu says: Apr 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    Im fine with Fletcher Cox but I still prefer Luke Kuechly . Everyone can hate on the Eagles all they want but I guarantee that you don’t want your team to play them . With a full off-season & the team finally coming together (4game winning streak) the Eagles are dangerous.

  31. illbringdabeers says: Apr 17, 2012 4:03 PM

    hey steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh,

    Didn’t the Steelers win their 6th Championship in 2008?

    I think the Packers won their 6th Championship in 1944.

  32. jenniferxxx says: Apr 17, 2012 4:05 PM

    “You forgot

    - the only team to make Tebow look like a professional QB

    - the team that got sent home by Tebow

    - the team who’s QB rapes women and is as selfish as one could be. The team with QB who puts only the QB first with his reckless behavior”

    ….. and the team who was first to get into steroids in a big way, using them to win several tainted Superbowls. Lots to be proud of … right.

  33. dirtyjersey9er says: Apr 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    @steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh

    You make me so much happier that the 49ers beat the brakes off the Steelers last season.

  34. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    @snowpea84

    Actually, the Eagles haven’t really drafted a DT “High”. Bunkley was taken at 14, its the top-half but not high. Cox is what the Eagles are looking for, Brockers could be the pick too but there just isn’t enough tape on him and he would slide to them naturally. I have a feeling that Philly will be calling the Bills come draft day if Cox is on the board after Carolina, Buffalo could definetly move back, and should. The Bills moving back makes the task of taking a Michael Floyd (If he’s still there) or Johnathan Martin much easier to swallow. It would also atleast guaruntee us another 2nd, where I think teams will be made this season. You mentioned Lavonte David for the Eagles in their “Team Needs”, but I really hope the Bills take him, you could call it a man-crush if you will. Either way, I think this could be a scenario that definetly happens come draft day, and it would make both teams better.

  35. angrycorgi says: Apr 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    I hear the iggles fans really like cox too.

  36. fatsmcnadds says: Apr 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    The Eagles are so in Love with COX they’re willing to give up there Tight Ends!

  37. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    Fletcher Cox is Nick Fairly with no motor and less character issues.

  38. wydok says: Apr 17, 2012 4:32 PM

    Isn’t this obvious?

    What kind of ****storm would there be if the Eagles moved up to number 4 and took Tannehill?

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t be finding their next franchise QB, because Vick is not long for the team, but there is no way they would trade up this year for a QB.

    I’m not sure Cox is worth trading up to the Brown’s pick, though. He might still be there at 15.

  39. eaglesfanforreal says: Apr 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    I’d rather have Floydd, nice big RZ target. Cox be ok too, but hope we don’t trade up for him. All these sly play on words though, I think everybody is just jealous that if we did get him, the rest of the league would envy our Cox.

  40. cooklynn17 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    With the 7th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Adlopho Flop, 6″2′ 235 lbs from No-Ware State…

    ha ha, your franchise sucks.

  41. santamoss says: Apr 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    I heard the Eagles were purposely trying to lose at the end of the year to move up in the draft board to get Fletcher. They had a phrase for it, it wasn’t “Suck for Luck” but I can’t remember what it was.

  42. ilovephillyhaters says: Apr 17, 2012 4:50 PM

    Steelers superior moron what ever relax the eagles will have a better year the the steelers most teams will learn to control your cap to keep your aging team.

  43. eddiemeredith says: Apr 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    Fletcher Cox is unequivocally the best defensive lineman in this draft. He is 6’5 300lbs and runs a 4.8; he can play 3 tech or 5tech in a 3/4 with excellent effectiveness; and i would argue that he could very easily drop 15 lbs and become a defensive end.

    Watch him play Vs Alabama. Their excellent offensive line couldn’t stop him from disrupting just about any kind of play and getting consistent pressure.

    He has the height/weight/speed to please Al davis and an excellent sense for defensive line play across the line. His skills are refined but not to the point of a Gerald McCoy who’s moves could probably never improve from his college days.

    Cox will not make it past Carolina by any stretch.
    The eagles would either have to Move up to get him or take either Kuechly or Barron as the next best DT isn’t high enough value. Poe = No and the rest are all about the same skill level and therefore devalued. Look at Cincinatti’s Wolfe for a later pick and UNC’s Zach brown as an ideal 2nd round pick if the eagles can take Barron (as they should) in the first round.

    That is all.

  44. deathmonkey41 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:07 PM

    People are making too much of this- Andy Reid just sent Washburn down to Mississippi for some fried Catfish and he just happened to run into Fletcher Cox while he was there.

  45. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 17, 2012 5:09 PM

    Reports like this make me think that the Eagles are indeed targeting Tannehill.

  46. mojosmagic says: Apr 17, 2012 5:10 PM

    “The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious”
    Dude your nothing but a fat slob, couch potato, beer guzzling slob who has lost all grip on reality. You are not a professional football player so get the WE out of your mouth.

  47. eaglesfanforreal says: Apr 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    santamoss says:
    Apr 17, 2012 4:45 PM
    I heard the Eagles were purposely trying to lose at the end of the year to move up in the draft board to get Fletcher. They had a phrase for it, it wasn’t “Suck for Luck” but I can’t remember what it was.

     Dude, really? We won our last four games and were still fighting for a playoff spot all the way up to the last game. I know you’re trying to be funny, but the joke be better if we were actually losing games at the end of the season. Here- no way they trade with Cleveland, everybody knows they wait and take Cox around 6, or longer.

  48. cmdeagle856 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:25 PM

    To all of you eagle haters, I hope we do draft Cox so Washburn can have him penetrating your O-lines with no vaseline and shove him down each and every one of your QBs throat.

  49. eaglesfanforreal says: Apr 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 17, 2012 2:48 PM
    The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. We are the ships in your ocean of tears. We truly apologize. We did not choose greatness, it chose us. But only because we allowed it. Whoa, so gracious.

    Pinnacle of evolution? Congrats, you just made an atheist believe in the creationist theory.

  50. jsrdc says: Apr 17, 2012 5:59 PM

    IMO, Cox very likely won’t make it to pick 15. The Eagles have traded up in the past to get their guy, and this year may be no different. Cox is a very solid prospect, and if he is still on the board at 14, I hope the Cowboys snag him (if they themselves don’t trade out of that position). The Eagles will very likely have a strong draft. They usually do, so whoever their first pick is, he is likely to be a solid player with a high motor, and good character.

    As a Cowboy fan, my disdain for the Eagles is very real, but I do respect the organization for doing a great job with their drafts. I only hope the Cowboys can draft as good or better, and with last year’s successful draft for Dallas, I think this year they follow up on it.

  51. angrycorgi says: Apr 17, 2012 6:15 PM

    The only thing that will satisfy those drunk guys that comprise the iggles fan base is more cox.

  52. thetechnocrat says: Apr 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Go ahead and draft either. You’ll be in the same position before and after the draft as last year. Needing OLB help, O line help and a non tackling secondary.

  53. kepickle says: Apr 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    Fletcher Cox will be a panther come the thursday best just get use to it now Eagle fans

  54. geo1113 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:45 PM

    thetechnocrat says:
    Apr 17, 2012 6:18 PM
    Go ahead and draft either. You’ll be in the same position before and after the draft as last year. Needing OLB help, O line help and a non tackling secondary.
    ————————

    The O line is set recognizing that Bell is not Peters. They will look for developmental and backups. So they don’t need to draft OL in the first couple of rounds. Merely getting Ryans and moving Chaney outside helps the LB situation. As for the non-tackling seconday, the real problem with tackling was the Casey Matthews experiment. So they really are not in the same position.

    But since you brought it up, what suggestions do you have? How would you go about drafting?

  55. phillybirds says: Apr 17, 2012 7:00 PM

    No one will ever be able to predict the Eagles plans for draft day. I’m sure we will trade up. But it will be for someone that no one knows about lol.

  56. phillyphan83 says: Apr 18, 2012 12:04 AM

    Why do so many of you idiots still think we will go after kuechley? He’s an INSIDE linebacker and, earth to birds fans: does the name Demeco Ryan’s mean anything to you? Were not going to draft Kuechley and move him outside. If we do it would be disastrous. What do I think were gonna do? SS or DT but I’m leaning DT. What I can garauntee is were going have a wait and see approach because this draft is loaded with talent at the top and there will be a quality player available at 15. No need to trade up.

    Also wouldn’t be surprised to see Asante traded to improve our picks, I would keep him though. More and more teams are running 3 and 4 receiver sets so we can’t have a schmuck in the slot. And do feed me any crap about not having money for him, were in great cap shape.

  57. dougherde says: Apr 18, 2012 2:33 PM

    I would Trade Samuel And 15 to the Rams for next years Redskins 1st rounder and a 3rd Rounder this year with the Rams.. DONE!

  58. redhoteagle says: Apr 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    If the Eagles choose Tannehill then organization is telling us that Reid will be here over a year to “groom” him. If this is indded a “do or die” season for Reid then there is no way we are choosing a QB. I hope we do choose a DT or a Safety in the 1st round.

  59. griffnjnc says: Apr 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    I really like Michael Brockers better, especially for the Eagles’ needs. Brockers blows up blockers and maintains excellent balance enabling him to plug the gap and stop the run. Cox appears to blast through the line, but does not maintain balance and ends up on the ground. Watch tape on both players against top teams in big games.

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