When newly drafted players join their NFL teams this season, the coaches, system and competition each encounters will have a huge influence on how quickly they can make an impact. Here’s a look at the best and worst fits for players drafted in 2012. Note: this isn’t an assessment of good or bad picks, but rather an analysis of the best and worst marriages between player and team with regards to maximizing each player’s potential.
Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia (Round 1, 12th overall)
Cox should be ecstatic to be joining a defense that racked up 50 sacks last year, including 29 from Trent Cole and Jason Babin alone. Lining up next to Cullen Jenkins—who had 5.5 sacks of his own—and between Cole and Babin, Cox should see plenty of single-team blocking. Though he will have plenty of responsibility as a run defender in the Eagles’ wide nine front, Cox should be able to rack up sacks from day one in Philly.
Courney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Baltimore (Round 2, 35th overall)
The Ravens l...