Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 4/26/12

In the 2010 draft, I screamed at the TV when the Eagles took Brandon Graham. 2011, when Danny Watkins was picked, I said, “Who?”.

This year, I yelled at the TV as well... but this time it was out of pure excitement. Jeff Lurie and company finally made a move I agree with. They finally made a move to take a legitimate player who has a chance to make an instant impact on this team.

The Eagles made a move that made the entire fanbase ecstatic. Philadelphia dealt the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in addition to a 4th and 6th rounder (114 and 172 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks for the 12th overall pick in the first round.

Trading up three spots allowed the Birds to take Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The 6'4, 298 lbs pass rusher will surely add depth and pressure up the middle for the Birds this upcoming season.

They got great pressure on opposing QB's last year from guys like Jason Babin and Trent Cole on the outside, but lacked that same pressure from up the middle of the field. The scouting report on Cox says he has great lateral movement, which allows him to get to the ball carrier. That speed also helps him get a great first step off the snap with the ability to change directions quickly.

 Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn  have to be excited about this move. The Eagles defense was middle of the pack in the NFL last year in run defense, giving up 112.6 rush yards per game. Cox should help lower that number and hopefully get the Eagles defense back to what it used to be.

He's a great fit for Washburn's Wide Nine, and will team up well with Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. With QB's such as Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III on the schedule next year, that depth and pressure up the middle will be huge.

 Tomorrow is an entirely new day. The Eagles have three picks tomorrow, the 14th and 19th (46 and 51 overall) and the 25th pick 88th overall. I'd love to see the Birds trade up a bit and go after some talent that is slipping. Players like North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins or Alabama LB Courtney Upshall could fall right into their laps.

Guess we'll have to sit tight, and be sure to check back to Buzz On Broad for all your draft coverage.

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