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What's next in draft for Eagles?

Having traded up to select defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first round, the Eagles can now look ahead to Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday.

What's next in draft for Eagles?

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The Eagles are looking for a running back to complement LeSean McCoy. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles are looking for a running back to complement LeSean McCoy. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Having traded up to select defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first round, the Eagles can now look ahead to Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday.

The Birds have three picks: They own the 14th and 19th selections in the second round and the 26th pick in Round 3.

The fact that they have an extra second-round selection – courtesy of last summer’s Kevin Kolb trade with the Cardinals – gives them some ammunition to move up in the second round if there is someone they specifically want.

If the first round is any indication, expect some deals. There were 19 deals made in the first round, which the NFL says is the most since 1970.

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While the Eagles have no crying needs, there are some things they would like to come out of this draft with, including a cornerback who can play in the slot, an offensive tackle that can provide depth behind starters Demetress Bell and Todd Herremans, a running back to complement LeSean McCoy, and perhaps their quarterback of the future to succeed 32-year-old Michael Vick.

The Eagles and the rest of the league will get to sleep on Round 1 and get back at it Friday at 7 p.m.

"I think it’s good because you’re able to take a deep breath," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "You’re able to pause and take a look at what’s out there. Have some detailed conversations on the things that have changed, as opposed to being in the moment. We talk a lot about calm thoughts in calm times. That’s what it allows us to do."

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