Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox does the broad jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox has become the consensus top defensive tackle in the eyes of most draft analysts. There seems little doubt that any DT will go ahead of Cox and there also seems little doubt that he'll fall out of the top 10. With the St. Louis Rams at six and the Carolina Panthers at nine both with needs at the position, any team that wants a shot at drafting Cox would likely have to vault themselves into the top 10 with a trade.
According to ESPN's Todd McShay, the Philadelphia Eagles could be that team. Today on NFL Live, McShay said that the Eagles are interested in a trade with the Jaguars for the seventh overall selection to ensure a chance to secure Cox.
This coincides with information that I received from a source yesterday who told me that the Eagles have inquired about acquiring the seventh pick to select Cox.
In a previous post I tried to predict potential trades if the Jaguars elected to trade back. With two second round selections available to the Eagles (46 and 51), sending one to the Jaguars would likely be enough to convince Gene Smith to swap first rounders. If not, it will take a third rounder and some extra compensation to convince the Jaguars to part with the seventh pick.