Eagles the big winners in the 2012 NFL Draft

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nfldraft2012_logo_medium.jpgEven in the offseason, the NFL still has winners and losers. As the NFL Draft came to a close on Saturday it came time to determine who had the best draft. That team turned out to be the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted a quality player and filling major needs with each pick. The Eagles started off trading down in the first round from fifteenth to twelfth to select defensive tackle Fletcher Cox out of Mississippi State, who ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper ranked as the best defensive lineman in the draft. Cox will make an immediate

 

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impact on the Eagles' defensive line, helping plug up the hole in the middle where opposing running backs hurt them all last season. In the second round they solidified their linebacking position, drafting Mychal Kendricks out of California. Playing alongside recently added DeMeco Ryans, Kendricks gives them the talent they've been looking for at linebacker also helping a run defense that ranked sixteenth last season. The third pick also came in the second round and was defensive end Vinny Curry out of Marshall. The addition of Curry will make their already great pass rush even better.

AP120426020893--nfl_mezz_1280_1024.jpgIt wouldn't be an Andy Reid led draft without the Eagles drafting a quarterback and that's just what they did in the third round, picking Nick Foles out of Arizona. Though he won't be filling a big need, Foles has the potential to one day develop into a starting QB when current QB Mike Vick leaves. The Eagles' fifth pick was cornerback Brandon Boykin out of Georgia. Boykin has the potential of being one of the biggest steals of the draft, with the talent to match up with some of the best receivers in the league while filling the hole left by recently traded CB Asante Samuel. With their sixth pick they filled a major hole left by the injury to Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters, drafting OT Dennis Kelly out of Purdue in round five.

                                                                                            Eagles' first round pick: Fletcher Cox

Another possible steal came in the sixth round with their selection of wide receiver Marvin McNutt out of Iowa. McNutt was the star receiver at Iowa, currently holding several school records and giving the Eagles another offensive weapon. The Eagles used their last two picks of the draft on offense as well, drafting offensive guard Brandon Washington out of Miami and running back Bryce Brown out of Kansas State. Washington has the ability to outplay his draft stock while Brown gives RB LeSean McCoy help in the back field.

Overall the Eagles did exactly what they needed to do. They went in needing to improve on their defense which was their down fall last season. With their first two picks they drastically improved the defense and throughout the rest of the draft they made a great offense better, setting the team up for a bright future. The Eagles are now contenders once again and can truly be the "dream team" they promised to be last season.

Which team do you think had the best draft?

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This page contains a single entry by Mr. Frank J. Tyler published on April 30, 2012 3:50 PM.

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