There were people who said Fletcher Cox was the best defensive player available in the draft, and some of those people were Eagles' fans, so there was little complaining, for once, when the Birds burned fourth and sixth-round selections to move up three spots. taking Cox 12th overall with the Seahawks' pick.
Cox would seem to be the difference-making defensive tackle the Birds so badly need in the middle of Jim Washburn's wide nine d-line. He is 6-4, 298 and has startling power and speed.
Cox told reporters on a conference call that he thought the Eagles were the best fit for him, that he prayed on it, and that his agents agreed with him about the fit. Washburn, the team's defensive line coach, came down to Yazoo City, Miss., and spent time with Cox before the draft. Cox said they watched tape together and he felt he could play Washburn's style with little adjustment needed.
"I'll bring excitement and a great attitude to Philadelphia," said Cox, who was a Mississippi State teammate of Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney. Chaney texted that Cox "will kill it in the wide nine."