Eagles sign top pick Fletcher Cox, complete draft signings

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Philly announced that Cox is officially signed on Monday. (US Presswire)

And then there were none. For the Eagles, at least. Philadelphia wrapped up the signings of their 2012 NFL Draft class on Monday by inking defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to a four-year deal.

Cox, the 12th-overall pick in April's draft, was considered the safest defensive tackle in the entire draft (Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers theoretically possessed more upside but also more risk).

The Eagles liked Cox enough to give the Seahawks a fourth- and a sixth-round pick to move up three spots and grab the Mississippi State product. It's not expected that Cox will start right away, but he should step in and help fortify Philly's defensive line from the get-go.

Cox was a first-team all-SEC performer in 2011 and picked up 114 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and five blocked kicks in three years at Mississippi State.

There are now 15 unsigned first-round picks: the top eight selections in April's draft, as well as Dontari Poe (11th), Kendall Wright (20th), Brandon Weeden, Riley Reiff, David DeCastro, Dont'a Hightower (22-25), and A.J. Jenkins (30th).

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