Ever since the Eagles moved up in the 2012 NFL Draft to snag Fletcher Cox, he has been touted as the cornerstone that the defense will be built around. In a stellar rookie season where he recorded 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble, Cox did not disappoint.
The only question is, “how good can he become?” Chip Kelly has said that he already sees him as one of the best interior defenders in the whole league, and he’s just getting started.
In an offseason full of change, the defensive line was rebuilt from the ground up. Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are gone, while Trent Cole and Brandon Graham are transitioning into 3-4 outside linebackers.
Though the Eagles acquired 330 pound Isaac Sopoaga in free agency to man the middle, 2012 holdovers Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton are expected to fill out the line as the starting defensive ends.
While Fletcher Cox will most likely be the greatest point of production along the defensive line in 2013, it will not be without the help of his teammat...