PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles blasts through the blocking dummies as defensive line coach Jim Washburn looks on during rookie minicamp at their practice facility on May 12, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
If you've ever seen tape of Fletcher Cox at Mississippi St. you'll know that he really played all over their defensive line. If you check out his snaps against Alabama last year, you'll see that he literally played all four spots on their line. While he's coming into the NFL as a DT, there was always talk that he'd be versatile enough to DE as well.
In his first minicamp as an Eagle, it seem as though the team is taking a look at him there. Cox played DT and "a lot" of defensive end this afternoon.
"I played a lot at d-end," Cox said after practice. "We had different packages where the coaches would move me out and give me a lot space and let me move around."
Having the ability to put a guy that's 6-4, 298 out at defensive end is certainly valuable in some packages. As we know, Jason Babin is not the greatest run stopping defensive end, so having a big athletic body like Cox as an option on certain downs is exciting.
Preparing Cox for whatever positions he'll play here falls of course on Jim Washburn. Reports from practice said that Washburn was letting the expletives fly early and often this morning and Cox said that working under Chris Wilson at Mississppi St. prepared him for a guy as intense as Washburn.
"It was like working with Coach Wilson back at Mississippi State. They'll both get after you and coach you really hard. They'll get right into you."