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September 1, 2014, 5:24 pm

Eagles could go defensive on draft day

The Philadelphia Eagles will be selecting with the No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. The draft will take place from April 26 to 28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Eagles need to come out of this draft with some players to help bolster the team for the future. It looks as if the Eagles could get a defensive player with their first round pick.

There are some talented players where the Eagles will be drafting on the defensive side. The majority of these players are on the defensive line. However, if the Eagles front office and player personnel staff do their homework, they could come away with a player in the first round.

The players who could be available for the Eagles will be defensive tackles Michael Brockers, LSU; Dontari Poe, Memphis; Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State; defensive end Quinton Coples, North Carolina; linebacker Zach Brown, North Carolina and safety Mark Barron, Alabama. The Eagles should take a good look at these players.

Michael Brockers, Alabama:

Brockers is one of the biggest players at his position. He stands 6-foot-6 and 306 pounds. He’s not an easy guy to block. Brockers had 47 total and 23 unassisted tackles last season. He was third on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss. He had a career-high six total tackles, all solo in the Southeastern Conference championship game against Georgia. He also had two TFLs, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in that game.

Dontari Poe, Memphis:

Poe brings size and girth to the defensive line. He plays well against the run. The 6-foot-5, 350-pounder, had 33 total and 18 unassisted tackles. Poe was named second team All-Conference USA. He has good lateral movement. He can take up a lot of space.

Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State:

Cox doesn’t have great size. He’s 6-foot-4, 295-pounds. But what he has is great quickness. He can really move his feet. He knows how to explode off the ball. He had 56 total and 26 unassisted tackles. He had 14.5 tackles for loss. He also had five sacks. Cox can play against the run as well as the pass. He has the ability to get pressure on the quarterback.

Quinton Coples, North Carolina:

Coples has good height and range at defensive end. He stands 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds. He had 7.5 sacks this season. He had 55 total and 29 solo tackles. He was one of the best in college football at his position. Coples does a nice job of rushing the passer.

Zach Brown, North Carolina:

Brown is one of those playmaking linebackers. The Eagles could definitely use a player like him. He has great anticipation whether you’re talking about the run or the pass. He had 105 total tackles. He had 13.5 tackles for loss. Brown also had 5.5 sacks and three interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 230 pounder, has a lot of ability.

Mark Barron, Alabama:

Barron covered a lot of ground at safety. The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder, had 42 solo tackles, two interceptions, two interceptions, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He also received All-America honors.


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