The Philadelphia Eagles made major strides to their linebacker corps this offseason, trading for Houston’s two-time Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans and acquiring stud linebacker Mychal Kendricks in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Fokou was initially a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in 2009, and he has appeared in 43 games, starting 22 over the last three years. Fokou saw his most action in ’10, registering a sack, a forced fumble and 31 tackles in 11 starts. He has zero career interceptions but just one sack. He’s not particularly effective against the run or the pass, and he’s really more of a body that can play linebacker should there be an injury or two.
Fokou was the team’s starter at strong side linebacker in 2011 before suffering an ankle injury late in the season that caused him to go on injured reserve.
Lloyd has potential, as he is the son of former NFL great Greg Lloyd, Sr., a star linebacker of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990s who made five Pro Bowls. This Lloyd was a seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Connecticut, and he saw his first action last year in Week 12.
In return, the Eagles received a solid corner in Thomas, a former third-round pick of the Colts who missed his entire rookie season (2010) due to injury before seeing action in 437 snaps last year. According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas didn’t play very well, allowing 68.4 percent completions on 38 throws his way for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Thomas probably won’t contribute much in 2012, as he’s buried on the depth chart behind Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh and Joselio Hanson. Still, it’s a good move considering the Eagles didn’t get much from Fokou or Lloyd in the time they had them. Neither was likely to make the team, and Thomas could be a surprise in the future.