2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Eagles
Cox announced in early January that he would bypass his senior season at Mississippi State and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. And why not? The defensive tackle is coming off a brilliant 2011 campaign in which he led the Bulldogs with 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He also had 56 tackles, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery that he returned for 52 yards. Cox has a decent amount of experience despite only being a junior, as he played in 12 games as a freshman and started 11 contests as a sophomore.
The Yazoo City, MS native has good size at 6'4'' and 295 pounds. He has great quickness off the ball, although he sometimes struggles when he draws double-teams. Cox can add some pounds to his impressive frame and he will probably have to do so in order to be an elite performer at the next level. He is a good character guy who gives 100-percent effort on every play and he heads into the NFL with no real red flags of any kind. Look for Fletcher to go off the board sometime during round two of the draft.... [Read More
Mychal Kendricks is shooting up draft boards after an impressive NFL combine. He was a top performer at his position in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20 yard shuttle. He also did fine with 24 bench press reps. Kendricks flashed some talent on tape, but very few had him graded out amongst the Top 100 prospects of this class.
He's an undersized inside linebacker who will have some scheme versatility in 3-4 defenses. Kendricks is an aggressive tackler with good range. Great first step and does well to stay small and penetrate the line of scrimmage. Plays with a great bend which gives him the leverage advantage when he gets in trouble. He can't take on blocks that well, but he is feisty enough to stay with the play to the whistle.
Looks pretty good in coverage. Solid drop step and can change directions well in open spaces. Too often relies on speed and needs to learn to play more under control and not downhill every snap. Not a great zone coverage guy but can stick with guys in man coverage.... [Read More
Vinny Curry is a well-rounded defensive end prospect out of Marshall. This member of the Thundering Herd has shown flashes of first round potential as a three-year starter.
Curry definitely looks the part of an elite, athletic defensive end at 6'4" and 263 pounds. He will have to compete with underclassmen to maintain his early round draft stock, but he's adding a great senior year to an already stacked collegiate resume.
He displays a very good array of pass rushing moves. Whether he is ripping offensive tackles to the ground or shoving them back into the quarterback, he does a great job consistently getting after the quarterback (especially if the pocket collapses). Curry will need to improve his technique on running plays that attack his side of the field. He is sometimes too caught up in attacking the quarterback that he'll either take himself out of position or a well-timed double team will severely compromise his gap assignment.
If he adds some flexibility to his lower half, Curry could end up as a team's leading pass rusher. If he shows explosion during the combine, his stock could be on the rise very quickly.... [Read More
Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles has that prototypical NFL-ready size and arm strength that many scouts consider the foundation of any legitimate quarterback prospect. He doesn't have much mobility and will need time to adjust to a traditional NFL offense, but Foles is a very solid player who will certainly gain a lot of attention as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.
Foles played in a pass-heavy offense at Arizona that at times was one of the better offenses out of the Pac-12 this season. Foles has very good accuracy from within about 20 yards. He can hit guys in stride, which of course allows them to make plays. When his feet are set, he puts good velocity behind his throws and Foles can certainly attack downfield with his strong arm. His deep range accuracy is lacking. At times, he is a bit of a chucker and sometimes, it looks like he's trying to place it. Either way, he needs to be more consistent with those big throws.
Before the snap, he makes pretty good reads and doesn't have problems checking down. He has a tendency to lock onto his first option so he'll need to learn to look off of other receivers. When Foles is pressured, his elongated release and sub-par mobil... [Read More
Boykin has just about done it all for a streaking Georgia team this season, and he is a big reason why the Dawgs have won 10 in a row and will play for the SEC Championship. The senior has started all 12 games at cornerback, making 44 tackles (26 solo) -- including eight for loss -- to go along with three interceptions and seven pass breakups. He has been the team's primary kick returner (31 returns for 731 yards) and he has returned nine punts for 88 yards. Boykin has also lined up on offense, rushing five times for 95 yards and a touchdown and and catching four passes for 58 yards and another score.
The Fayetteville, GA native is one of the more experienced players in college football. He played in 13 games as a freshman in 2008 and he has started 12 games each of the past three seasons. He has decent size at 5'10'' and 183 pounds and with a good vertical leap he can contend with almost all receivers. Boykin generally runs in the 4.4s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.35 from that distance. He would do well to bulk up just a bit heading into the next level so that he can be physical with wideouts at the line of scrimmage. Boykin can be a major contributo... [Read More
Iowa Hawkeyes team captain wide receiver Marvin McNutt is a unique prospect in that he has great height and the ability to run routes like a smaller player. Whether he's slicing through zone defenses or climbing the ladder to make an acrobatic grab, he's an athletic talent with a high football IQ. At 6'4", there's still room for him to add some bulk to his frame. He's not a burner, but gets in and out of his cuts quickly.
McNutt doesn't project as a No. 1 WR in the NFL, but for ball-control offenses that are looking for a receiver who can catch anything in his zip code, McNutt can be that player.
He displays great footwork off the line and can quickly get up the field. Once he finds the ball in the air, he uses his frame well to block out defenders. McNutt catches well with his hands and doesn't often rely on making basket catches.
He's not a burner and will likely run a mid-4.5 40-yard dash. McNutt possesses average athleticism, whether it is his agility, speed or leaping ability.... [Read More
Washington is leaving early for the NFL after his junior year at Miami, but he already has two full seasons as a starter under his belt. After making one start as a freshman in 2009, Washington started all 25 games over his next two campaigns. He was called for just three penalties in all of 2011 while anchoring the offensive line for what was a decent (but unspectacular) Miami offense. The team allowed only 19 sacks and the offense finished sixth in the ACC in rushing at 145.7 yards per game.
Washington has great size at 6'4'' and 320 pounds. The Miami, FL native generally runs around a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.18 from that distance. He has experience at both guard and tackle, but is expected to play guard at the next level. Washington is a stellar athlete by guard standards, but he probably is not quick enough to play tackle in the NFL--at least not in protecting the quarterback's blind side. He sometimes relies too much on athleticism and lacks the tactical fundamentals, often times getting sloppy with his hands. Washington should be a real force in the running game, and he will likely be a second or third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More