NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #12 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jim Washburn has a new toy and like all kids who get new toys, he's excited. Really excited.
"We’ll have to see how it plays out but he’s so athletic he can play as a defensive end. He moves like a guy who is 260 pounds. The thing about him is he is so much stronger than he looks. He’s a good one and I’m excited about him. I’m not going to coach forever, and if this was my last big time project here, this would be fun."
Washburn says he first noticed Fletcher Cox during last football season.
"I happened to be watching Thursday night football for some reason, I guess I was really bored. I was watching Mississippi State playing somebody and I saw him and I called a friend of mine and I said, ‘Who is this guy, 94?' And he said, ‘Fletcher Cox, he's just a junior.' And I thought, ‘Woah.' But anyway, everybody was on board. That was a unanimous deal upstairs. That was pretty neat."
The thing that stood out was Cox's mix of athleticism and size
"He’s just such a good athlete. I told [head coach] Andy [Reid] when I came back from working him out in Starkville, he’s the biggest 296-pounder I’ve ever seen. He’s quick and he’s just really athletic. His feet and hands work so well together. He’s just a really good football player. He’s just a good prospect. He’s a better prospect than he is a player at this point."
Just in case you're worried that Cox might not be the perfect fit for the wide 9....
"When God made him" Washburn said "he made him to be in this system right here."