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Eagles Notebook: Birds trade up, grab Fletcher Cox

Birds draft the defensive tackle they've been enamored with all offseason.

They got their man.

The Eagles traded up three spots, sending the No. 15 pick plus a fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder to Seattle, and grabbed Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

For the past several weeks, speculation has run rampant that the Birds were highly interested in the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder. When Roger Goodell walked to the podium to announce the No. 12 pick, it was a foregone conclusion: Fletcher Cox.

Cox, an inside/outside player, should thrive in Jim Washburn’s Wide-9 scheme and form a formidable tackle duo with Cullen Jenkins. Both players can collapse the pocket and rush the quarterback. Several experts have called Cox the most complete, NFL-ready defensive tackle in the entire draft.