While it seemed unlikely to many that Cox would fall past the top 10 picks, the Kansas City Chiefs chose to select Dontari Poe instead. The Eagles then seized the opportunity, giving up fourth- and sixth-round picks to trade up to the 12th overall pick and nab their man.
Not only did the Eagles land arguably one of the best defensive players in the entire draft, but they did so without relinquishing any of their second- or third-round picks. However, the Eagles still have seven picks remaining in the draft and the right selections here would be key to building a well-balanced team with a great deal of depth and talent.
Here is a projection of the final rounds of the draft with the Cox already in the books...
While the Eagles pulled off a nice trade earlier this offseason when they acquired DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans, the team still needs additional help at the outside linebacker positions. The team likely would not prefer to go into 2012 with Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle and Jamar Chaney as their options.
With that in mind, the Eagles likely select Zach Brown here.
Brown has a great deal of talent, as he is very athletic and possesses blinding speed. But Brown also appears lacking in instincts and does not possess the best block-shedding technique, relying instead primarily upon his speed to beat blockers.
Overall, Brown has tremendous upside and would at the very least add needed depth to a position that struggled mightily in 2011. And as Reid has admitted his mistake of undervaluing linebackers in past offseasons, he may seek to right his wrongs this draft with this selection.
Andy Reid loves drafting linemen in the early rounds of the draft and it is very possible that he will use his other second-round draft pick to select Kelechi Osemele here, adding depth to the offensive line.
While the Eagles have a solid starting rotation in place at O-Line, but the team is relying heavily upon Demetress Bell staying healthy. If Bell were to get injured again, Osemele would give the Eagles a very versatile option, as he has the ability to play both guard and tackle.
This would give Howard Mudd more flexibility in shifting linemen around should an injury occur.
Osemele is a player with tremendous upside due to his very long arms, athletic ability and quick feet. However, Osemele struggles at times in pass protection and some are concerned about his work ethic and passion for the game.
But a good coaching staff could potentially bring the best out of Osemele. Howard Mudd is one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL. If anyone can help maximize Osemele's potential, it's him.
With their third-round pick, the Eagles would be wise to select Casey Hayward to add to their cornerback depth.
Hayward is a player capable of playing both zone and man coverage. He has great ball skills and does not shy away from providing run support. Some may point to Hayward's lack of speed as an area of concern, but he is a solid all-around corner who does everything well.
If selected, Hayward can be a very serviceable nickel corner, which would be imperative due to the aging of Joselio Hanson. And with the recent trade of Asante Samuel, adding cornerback depth is a must for this team.
One area that the team has continued to struggle in over the past seasons has been their lack of a big target to throw to and, with many picks in the 2012 draft, they may get their man in Evan Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is not much of a blocker, but he has good vision and hands. And as a tight end, he stands at 6'2" and 242 pounds. He would give Vick a possible red-zone threat to take advantage of.
In the later rounds, expect the Eagles to add depth to the safety position.
While the Eagles were not able to land Mark Barron, the team desperately needs to add competition to the safety position. Bernstine has a great deal of quickness and athleticism and if anything, he can help push Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett to step up.
Bernstine is also a kick return specialist. His speed and athleticism will likely make him very useful in special teams.
The Eagles will always need pass-rushers for their wide-nine technique, and they will likely take another one with a late sixth-round pick.
Miles Burris has good size and speed to play the linebacker position, but he also has enough strength to play defensive end. He has a good motor and could be a solid rotational player on the Eagles roster.
Burris will increase depth on the D-Line, but could also potentially develop into a very good player over the next couple of seasons.
With their final pick, which was acquired through the Asante Samuel trade, the Eagles likely select Darrion Weems, an offensive tackle out of Oregon.
Selecting Weems would contribute to the depth at the tackle position, which is very important just in case the Demetress Bell experiment fails.
And as Andy Reid loves taking linemen, don't be surprised to see him use his last pick on another O-lineman.