The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they have agreed to terms with first round draft selection, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, to a four-year contract worth just over $10 million ($10.241).
Unlike years past, the Eagles front office wasted little time getting all nine of their draft picks under contract so there is no chance of a distraction once training camp gets under way in just 34 days. Getting Cox signed was of the utmost importance to the Eagles and their fan base due to his tremendous ability to stop the run — a true sore spot for the Birds during the 2011 season.
Cox (6’4″ – 294) was the top rated defensive tackle in the draft and the Eagles made a move to jump up a few spots, from No. 15 to No. 12 to get the man they were eyeing leading up to the draft. During his tenure at Mississippi State, Cox was named to All-SEC first team after recording 56 tackles and 5 sacks. Cox is a natural at the position who plays bigger than he really is and it is
believed expected that he will grow in both his size while adding even more talent to his existing skill sets — especially with the likes of Howard Mudd mentoring him.
Cox has good quickness off the snap and a strong ability to attack gaps in an offensive line, getting “skinny” to slip past interior lineman. However he can also line up as a defensive end due to having adequate speed to challenge an offensive tackle. With the ability to play either defensive tackle and defensive end, he will be a phenomenal addition to an already solid defensive line.
My prediction is he will become an immediate starter playing opposite of veteran Cullen Jenkins — and forcing Mike Patterson to a backup role!