Philadelphia Eagles trade for No. 12 pick, take Fletcher Cox

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up three spots Thursday night to select Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with the No. 12 pick in the NFL draft.

Cox should upgrade a run defense that allowed 142.3 yards per game last season. Cox was considered to be a top-10 pick by most draft experts, and some believed the Eagles would have to move up further to get him.

Cox, listed at 6-foot-4, 298 pounds, is a speedy, versatile lineman who can play inside or outside. He was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team after he collected 56 tackles and five sacks last season.

The Eagles sent their first-round pick (15th), a fourth (114th) and a sixth (172) to Seattle to acquire Cox.

The Seahawks used the No. 15 pick to select West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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