Heading into this year's draft, the Eagles made it very clear that adding a run-stopper to their defensive line was one of their top priorities. They had targeted Mississippi defensive tackle Fletcher Cox as the perfect player to fill that need, but the problem was that he was a top-10 prospect and they were picking 15th in the first round.
That did not stop Andy Reid, who is like a big kid in a candy shop when it comes to drafting lineman, from convincing the Philadelphia brain-trust to trade-up for Cox after he was still on the board when Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe went to Kansas City with the 11th overall pick. The Eagles jumped at the chance to part with a fourth and sixth-round pick to swap first-round picks with Seattle to get their man.
The general consensus from the majority of the football experts applaud this move as a great coup for Philadelphia, but excuse us fans if we remain a bit skeptical; given the Birds' past track record with first-round lineman on either side of the ball.
The following is my recap of the entire first round of the 2012 NFL Draft as original posted on Bang the Book
2012 NFL Draft- First Round Round-Up