The decision by the Philadelphia Eagles to select Fletcher Cox with their first overall pick has been met with unanimous praise from fans and pundits alike. Not only was Cox one of the best players available, but a case could be made that he was one of the best defensive players in the draft. Cox is an athletic, fast and smart player, with his main knock being his so-so run defense.
And while draft picks are sometimes selected with the intention of grooming them for a few seasons, Cox can and will be expected to start immediately for the Eagles. While the selection of Cox is partly a long-term strategy, with Cullen Jenkins not getting any younger, Cox will be expected to make an immediate impact.
Here are four reasonable expectations for Cox in 2012.