Fletcher Cox Selected 12th by the Philadelphia Eagles

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) as the 12th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Since announcing he would forgo his senior season, Mississippi State's own Fletcher Cox was projected as a first round pick in this year's NFL draft. That dream officially became true tonight, as the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded up from the #15 spot, took Fletcher with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft.

Fletcher tonight became the highest Bulldog player drafted in the NFL draft since RB Michael Haddix was taken 8th overall in 1983. DB Walt Harris was the next highest after Fletcher, taken 13th by the Bears in 1996. Fletcher will now join former MSU teammate and current Eagles starting MLB Jamar Chaney on the Philadelphia defense.

Cox opted for the NFL Draft after an outstanding Junior season at MSU, in which he recorded 56 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. Fletch is known for his quick burst off the ball, and will instantly become a factor for the Eagles on the defensive line. The 2011 Eagles defense struggled, and Cox will be a part of the process to strengthen the front in front of Chaney and the other Philly LBs, CBs and Safeties.

Fletcher became the 10th Bulldog all time to be chosen in the 1st round of the NFL Draft, and the 18th Defensive Lineman chosen from State as well. He also became the 7th Bulldog drafted under head coach Dan Mullen.

Bulldog nation now turns its attention to Vick Ballard, Charles Mitchell, Quentin Saulsberry and James Carmon as they all anticipate being drafted in Friday and Saturday's rounds of the NFL Draft.

Oh, and here's the Chrome Cowbell Scott Stricklin gave to Fletcher for his draft table:

We'll have more on Cox to the Eagles in the coming days, as well as coverage of all other Bulldog players drafted this year.

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