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.
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.