Jim Washburn LOVES Fletcher Cox.
"He's such a good athlete," Washburn said not long after the Eagles selected the Mississippi State defensive tackle Thursday night in the NFL draft. "I told Andy [Reid] when I came back from working him out in Starkville, [Miss.] he's the biggest 296 pounder I've ever seen."
Cox goes 6-foot-4, 296 pounds. He'll play defensive tackle for the Eagles, but he can line up anywhere on the line, Reid said.
"He's sudden. He's quick and he's athletic," Washburn said. "He's just a really good football player. A good prospect. He's a better prospect than he is a player at this point."
If there's anyone that will get the most out of Cox, who the Eagles got with the 12th overall pick after they traded a fourth and sixth round pick to Seattle, it's the hard-nosed, Southern-born Washburn.
"I've coached Fletcher Cox my whole life," Washburn said. "I've coached him a million times. I've been in his house hundreds of times. I've coached Southern black kids my whole life. That’s what my life's work's been. We hit it off."
Cox was one of the first defensive line prospects Washburn worked out in preparation for the draft. He traveled down to Starkville, worked out the 21-year-old, ate lunch with him and got to know the Yazoo City, Miss. native.
"We had a good time," Cox said.