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Eagles move up for Fletcher Cox

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The Philadelphia Eagles couldn’t keep their love for Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox a secret leading up to the draft. But Cox fell further down the board than most anticipated, and he became a realistic trade-up target for Philadelphia at the 12th overall pick.

The Eagles sent pick Nos. 15, 114, and 172 to Seattle in exchange for No. 12. And with the 12th pick, they drafted Cox.

At 6-foot-4, 298, Cox ran an impressive 4.81 forty-yard dash at February’s Scouting Combine. He has huge hands and long arms, and is an up-the-field pass rusher who will fit nicely into line coach Jim Washburn’s “Wide-Nine” scheme.

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59 Responses to “Eagles move up for Fletcher Cox”
  1. obamablowz says: Apr 26, 2012 9:14 PM

    GREAT PICK!!!!!

  2. gb4mn0 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:15 PM

    The vikequeefs blow!

  3. duncanthecat says: Apr 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    I hope he can play Safety or else he is simply going to be another player chasing RGIII.

  4. phillyphan83 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    Good job Andy & Co. thanks for not screwing this pick up.

    first.

  5. justanotherdummy says: Apr 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    Excellent. The Birds got who they wanted and didn’t give up squat to more a few picks.

  6. joebuckiscreepy says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    Birds got Cox.

  7. omegaichiban says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    wide nine is the way to go…look how well it did last year!!!

  8. therealhook says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    To all the idiots out there who say the eagles don’t build from within and try to buy a championship… Jackson, mcoy, maclin, now cox…. How many stars you drafted in the last 4 years?

  9. how887 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:19 PM

    Hooray!! NFC Championship here we come yo!

  10. The Shoeman says: Apr 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    Great trade … for us.

    Wooo – Hooo

  11. nogoodell says: Apr 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    RG III killer

  12. darthsat says: Apr 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    The first round unfolded perfectly for the birds. Great pick taking a top flight D lineman who can get to the quarterback.

  13. alefty says: Apr 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    EAGLES!

  14. melmilliones says: Apr 26, 2012 9:25 PM

    Thank god. The Eagles finally didnt screw up the draft. Much need big man in the middle. MLB. Now a tackle. Its looking good

  15. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:25 PM

    Perfect! Perfect pick!!! wooohooo Welcome Fletcher!!

  16. jimmywho14 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:25 PM

    Great pick for the Birds. Thank god they didn’t pull a Mamula this time

  17. sloiggles says: Apr 26, 2012 9:26 PM

    Great pick by the Eagles. This kid should hopefully be as good of an interior force as Babin/Cole are outside. Now….safety and offensive line help please.

  18. areyesrn says: Apr 26, 2012 9:28 PM

    I’m actually happy with this pick…

  19. drewzducks says: Apr 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    When did Stone Cold Steve Austin start announcing the draft picks?

  20. cinfante54 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:33 PM

    Pairing him up with Antonio Dixon. Look out for “Dix ‘n Cox: The Interior Penetrators”

  21. neilanblomi says: Apr 26, 2012 9:35 PM

    I LOVE COX!!!!!

  22. somekat says: Apr 26, 2012 9:35 PM

    awesome pick. After Barron, exactly who I wanted them to take. Now I’d like to see them get the safety from Notre Dame

  23. mancave001 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:36 PM

    Sweet

  24. thagreatone24 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:36 PM

    Awesome pick up birds…now what to do with the rest of our picks

  25. phillybeav says: Apr 26, 2012 9:37 PM

    Eagles focusing on the heart of the defense this off-season:
    1) DT… check
    2) MLB… check
    3) S… please

    So far, so good…

  26. iggles20 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:37 PM

    I love this selection!

  27. pasportyxlc says: Apr 26, 2012 9:39 PM

    woo hoo…..the mans a beast……will fit in great in this “D”

  28. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:41 PM

    Money. Great move hopping STL and sticking them with Brockers. Brocker still good run d man, but Cox is PRIME to wreak havoc with Cullen Jenkins in the middle vs Run AND pass. Rad. Our DL is becoming a monster. And imagine if Brandon Graham EVER does ANYTHING….

  29. sledgehorn says: Apr 26, 2012 9:43 PM

    Four words…
    Cole-Cox-Jenkins-Babin

  30. eagleschic says: Apr 26, 2012 9:46 PM

    Great move Birds! He was a steal at 12.

  31. bleed4philly says: Apr 26, 2012 9:50 PM

    Great job boys!

  32. jrc323 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:51 PM

    Now that’s one hell of a front four.

  33. mur215 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:53 PM

    like it alot

  34. flyeagles76 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:56 PM

    Solid move by the Eagles. I am very happy with this pick.

  35. eaglesw00t says: Apr 26, 2012 10:11 PM

    I am completely stoked about getting Fletcher Cox. He fits our defense perfectly, and is exactly what we needed. He is a huge pickup for us. I haven’t been this excited about a pick since Bunkley. Eagles fans have had a rough millennium in the first round. This is the first step up for us.

  36. thesmartest1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:17 PM

    SOTD!!!!

  37. peternorth1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:20 PM

    So if he has big hands…. does that mean he has big P…

  38. mur215 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:39 PM

    E -A- G- L- E- S

  39. andyreidsbossoms says: Apr 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    I love it..great pic chins

  40. Gordon says: Apr 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    Eagles love Cox!

  41. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 26, 2012 11:22 PM

    Solid pick!

  42. dallasblows says: Apr 26, 2012 11:25 PM

    Awesome trade and gave up nothing in order to beat St Louis to the punch. Now lets add a S , LB and CB in rounds 2-3 and we are in good shape

  43. phillyblowz says: Apr 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    Hes a great kid. Raised right by his parents, Holden and Sharon Cox.

  44. fmwarner says: Apr 27, 2012 12:07 AM

    Love the pick, and love that they only had to go up to 12 to get him.

    Now go get Lavonte David in the second round!

  45. cobrala2 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:10 AM

    You should’ve seen my wife’s jaw hit the floor when she saw how massive that Cox was in HD. ;-)

  46. scrap7681 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:15 AM

    Great pickup! Eagles should have lots of penetration up the middle with Cox leading the way!

  47. schuckme says: Apr 27, 2012 12:46 AM

    Its about time Reid got it right in the draft, i wonder if thats no coincidence wit the fact that this draft may very well be his last as head coach of the Eagles.. nonetheless, love the pick, worth the price? only time will tell but i believe so..

  48. schuckme says: Apr 27, 2012 12:51 AM

    Antonio dix, fletcher cox.. talk about raping and penetrating the dallas cowgirls..

  49. sjoyner59 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:17 AM

    yeahhhhhhh I am loving this pick,great start to the draft !

  50. philahitman says: Apr 27, 2012 7:26 AM

    Great pick. i been wanting Cox for months cause of how he fits Washburns system. Playin inbetween Cole and Babin he cant be double teamed.

    Now add Jumaine johnson as a slot CB, Offensive Tackle depth and a Safety!

  51. philahitman says: Apr 27, 2012 7:28 AM

    I put offensive tackle ahead of safety because good O lineman usually come off the board earlier.

  52. cleverbob says: Apr 27, 2012 7:29 AM

    Looks good to me. Let’s all check back in 2015 to see who ended up being the better pick – Poe, Cox or Brockers.

  53. philahitman says: Apr 27, 2012 7:42 AM

    …and Osweiler or Foles to develop behind Vick.

  54. mungman69 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:04 AM

    Great pick

  55. greymares says: Apr 27, 2012 8:07 AM

    for the first time since McNabb they took the guy that I wanted with the first pick.

  56. philahitman says: Apr 27, 2012 10:11 AM

    Mike Adams next? Andy builds trenches.

  57. dlightner13 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:20 PM

    @duncancat

    RGIII =MVII

  58. sullijo1 says: Apr 27, 2012 2:00 PM

    Please thank the Chiefs for picking Poe and making all this possible.

    Eagles got the better player.

  59. oldbyrd says: Apr 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    I am Reid’s biggest critic. I deplore the was he discounts linebackers. Evidently I was right along with almost every body else including knowledgeable sports critics. But lets give the coach credit, The Eagles have had a fabulous draft including an assin at linebacker. That kid can flat out play. A little short but, I don’t think it will matter in his case. A very fast LB that hits like a Mack truck. Andy: Hats off you did a nice job. Curry is gonna be a good one. However this is the break or make year for Brandon Grahm….he’s a good kid I hope he is healthy so we can see if he can play. Dixon, Landry, Cox these guys are a lot better than given credit for. Except of course Cox. I can’t wait to see this def. with a year under their belt.

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