It was reported earlier this month that the Philadelphia Eagles would schedule a pre-draft visit with former Utah Utes star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, and Eagles beat writer and NFL Insider Adam Caplan has reported that this visit is taking place today. Lotulelei is one of the most talented players in this draft class, and he passed nine heart tests to alleviate those once-pressing medical concerns.
Lotulelei is still regarded by some as the best DT in the 2013 NFL Draft class, but others believe Florida Gators disruptive DT Shariff Floyd is the king of the DTs in this class. There is some good depth at the position, as Alabama’s Jesse Williams, Purdue’s Kawann Short, and UNC’s Sylvester Williams are three other notable names. Sheldon Richardson of Missouri and Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins are two other heralded prospects at the position.
There is definitely a chance of the Eagles going for a defensive tackle with their first-round pick, and they could also take Floyd with the fourth pick. Lotulelei can play anywhere on the defensive line, and that versatility will be appealing to the Eagles. They did draft Fletcher Cox in the first-round of the draft last season, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to affect their decision significantly this year. The Utah product prefers to play nose tackle, but the Eagles are probably going to move him around the line.
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