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The Eagles had to trade up to get Fletcher Cox.
The Eagles must be very happy with their defensive line and the depth at all four positions.
There are a few teams in the NFL that have so many capable defensive linemen, including rookies Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry, who were added in the 2012 NFL draft.
Cox was regarded as one of the top defensive linemen in the class. As soon as he fell out of the first 10 picks, Philadelphia didn’t hesitate to trade up and get him.
Last year, the Eagles struggled to stop the run, both in the first and second level. The team knew they had to improve at both linebacker and on the defensive line. Cox was probably the best they could get in the draft, and so they got him.
While the line can cope without much help from Cox in 2012, the Eagles need him to shine immediately for another reason.
That is, to prove that they evaluated the first-round talent this year better than they did in previous years.
The last three first-round picks for the Eagles were Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Graham and Danny Watkins. Maclin has justified his status, but Graham remains unproven and Watkins needs to be more consistent.
Andy Reid and Howie Roseman have been criticized for their decisions in the draft, especially those in the first round. A bust will put them under more pressure. That’s why Fletcher Cox is a big bet for the Eagles in 2012.