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Fletcher Cox is a great fit in Philly

Fletcher Cox is a great fit in Philly Welcome to the nest Fletcher Cox. The key to a solid defense is your middle. If you are vulnerable there you might as well not show up on Sunday because you will be gutted and exposed for the entire world to see. A strong core gives you the opportunity to do a lot of things. It frees up other people to help make plays. It gives you stability and confidence for containment. It is the keystone of your defense. The Eagles have been lacking in this area for quite some time now, probably back to the days of a young Corey Simon.   I must admit, being a former safety and a devout Weapon X fan, I wanted Mark Barron at first. Realizing that safeties are not the highest commodity in the NFL these days I fell in love with the thought of big hits, run support, and turnovers. It was D-line or bust for me at the beginning but my personal experience on the back end kind of blurred my vision. This move makes total sense. Projected to go as high as five in many mock drafts (p...

Getting offensive about the Eagles draft - Part 5

Getting offensive about the Eagles draft - Part 5 This is the fifth of a six part series examining the Eagles’ needs entering the 2012 NFL draft. Part 1 ran Monday, Part 2 Tuesday, Part 3 and Part 4 earlier today, and Part 6 (a full mock of the Eagles’ 2012 draft) will post Thursday to coincide with the first round of the 2012 draft. Unlike the defensive unit as a whole, the Eagles 2011 offensive line was not only a strength of the team, but also one of the best performing units in the entire league.  In fact, Pro Football Focus, which grades every player, on every play, in every game, ranked the Eagles’ offensive line as the second best group in football, with Jason Peters lauded as the game’s finest left tackle.  Still, in the era of free agency, and with the risk of serious injury constantly imminent, the Eagles may try to bolster this area through the draft, especially since tackles Peters and Todd Herremans will both be on the other side of thirty before the end of next season.&nb...

Full Eagles 2012 mock draft

With 10 picks in the 2012 draft, including two #2s, two #4s, and three #6s, the Philadelphia Eagles have the capability to address many needs, while stocking their team with young talent.  For the sake of argument, I’ll assume that they use all of their picks, though this could change drastically between now and April.  What follows is what I would do with the picks, not necessarily what the club is most likely to do.  So, without further adieu, I’ll get defensive about the Eagles Draft. Round #1:  Fletcher Cox  (DT)  Missisippi State:  Cox is an outstanding prospect, with a productive college resume, and as a 3 technique, one gap penetrator is an ideal fit for Philadelphia’s style of defense.  He is not only the best pass rushing tackle available in the draft, but also is versatile enough to, occasionally, slide out to defensive end, forcing offensive tackles to adjust to a bigger, more physical opponent. &nbs...

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 3

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 3 This is the third of a six part series examining the Eagles’ needs entering the 2012 NFL draft. Part 1 ran Monday, Part 2 yesterday, and the rest will post today and Thursday, with Part 6 (a full mock of the Eagles’ 2012 draft) posting on Thursday to coincide with the first round of the 2012 draft. Although both the linebacking corps and their stable of defensive tackles are areas that warrant attention this off-season for the Eagles, the defensive backfield also could be a unit of primary focus during the upcoming NFL Draft.  At present, the cornerback situation is solid, with Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, and promising second year man Curtis Marsh all but assured of returning in 2012.  The Birds have been extremely nebulous about Asante Samuel’s future with the team, but reading between the lines, my guess is that he will not be back, possibly traded for a pick in next year’s draft.  Even with the loss of Samuel,...

Getting offensive about the Eagles draft - Part 4

Getting offensive about the Eagles draft - Part 4 This is the fourth of a six part series examining the Eagles’ needs entering the 2012 NFL draft. Part 1 ran Monday, Part 2 yesterday, Part 3 earlier today, and the rest will post today and Thursday, with Part 6 (a full mock of the Eagles’ 2012 draft) posting on Thursday to coincide with the first round of the 2012 draft. Though the defensive side of the ball should be the Eagles’ main area of focus this offseason, come draft day, they may also look to add talent at the wide receiver position.  While unlikely considering the long-term deal that the Eagles agreed to with DeSean Jackson, it is still valuable to take a look at potential WR candidates in this year’s class.  There are three or four possible first round wideouts for the Eagles to consider (though, again, this is unlikely given the locking-up of Jackson).  Assuming that #1 receiver prospect, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, will be off the board before #15, the Bird...

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 2

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 2 This is the second of a six part series examining the Eagles’ needs entering the 2012 NFL draft. Part 1 ran yesterday, and the rest will post today and Wednesday, with Part 6 (a full mock of the Eagles’ 2012 draft) posting on Thursday to coincide with the first round of the 2012 draft. Although middle linebacker is both the glamour position of the defense and the most visible area of need for the Eagles, the team must look to improve at all three levels of the defensive unit, including the defensive line.  Presently, the defensive tackle position is a five-headed monster, with starting roles going to Mike Patterson, as the inside tackle, and Cullen Jenkins playing the 3 technique assignment.  Both players were strong in 2011, and should be counted on this season.  While Trevor Laws was uninspiring backing up Jenkins, Derek Landri was a revelation, considering how little was expected of him when the season began. It remains to be seen whether ...

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 1

Getting defensive about the Eagles draft - Part 1 This is the first of a six part series examining the Eagles’ needs entering the 2012 NFL draft. Parts 1-5 will post today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, with Part 6 (a full mock of the Eagles’ 2012 draft) posting on Thursday to coincide with the first round of the 2012 draft. Though for Eagles fans, the 2011 season was one that most wish that they could forget, it’s important to remember philosopher George Santayana’s caution that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  So, if we are to move forward, then we need to look back on a season that began with such promise.  The initial warning signs appeared in the Georgia Dome, on a warm Sunday night in September.  Week two’s defensive meltdown against Atlanta, when the Falcons scored five touchdowns on their five trips inside the twenty yard line, introduced a red zone defense problem that would plague the team for the bulk of the season.  As t...
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