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NFL Draft sees Fletcher Cox go to Eagles, Flyers to play Devils, and more!


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Eagles draft defensive tackle Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox photo: blogs.clarionledger.com
I must admit, I (along with the majority of the Delaware Valley) was pretty skeptical about the Philadelphia Eagles going into the 2012 NFL Draft.

As luck would have it though, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Birds traded with the Seahawks and selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with the 12th pick in the NFL draft. In exchange, the Eagles sent their first-round pick (No. 15 overall) a fourth-round pick (No. 114) and a sixth-round pick (No. 172).

Cox will join Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson on the Eagles’ defensive line. His pass rushing ability combined with his quickness figures to mesh perfectly with Jim Washburn’s wide-nine scheme. Many thought Cox wouldn’t be on the board for too long, so the Eagles (for now) seem like they made the right move by trading up for him.

Flyers to play Devils in second round starting Sunday

It seems we’ve been waiting forever to find out who the Philadelphia Flyers will play in the second round of the NHL Playoffs. Well, it took seven games and two overtimes, but the New Jersey Devils squeaked past the Florida Panthers by a 3-2 score  and will face the Flyers stating Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.

On paper, the Flyers are a better team than New Jersey. However, the Devils still have Martin Brodeur, who can still dominate a game on any given night despite the fact that he will turn 40 years of age next week. The orange and black owe the Devils for several heartbreaking playoff losses against them back in the day. And although the Flyers emerged victorious while playing the Devils in the 2004 and 2010 playoffs, things will never be even unless the Flyers can get a Stanley Cup out of one of these tries.

Game 1 is Sunday at 3:00pm in Philadelphia.

Phillies come home

The Phillies return home after a 5-5 road trip and a seemingly rejuvenated offense to play the Cubs for a four-game set starting Friday. The offense might need to stay hot, as Roy Halladay is only 1-3 against Chicago in his Phillies career.

The Phils remain five games behind the first place Nationals in the NL East, and that sounds really weird.

Sixers to play Bulls in first round of NBA Playoffs
The Sixers closed out their regular season Thursday night and will face the number one seeded Chicago Bulls Saturday afternoon at 1pm in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. The Sixers’ late season slide dropped them to the eighth seed. The Sixers haven't advanced past the first round since 2003, when they faced the Pistons in the second round of the playoffs. As you might recall, these were Larry Brown’s final games as Sixers’ coach.

The Bulls have the NBA’s best record at 50-16. This will be a tall order for the Sixers.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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