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Dontari Poe visits Eagles

Demetress Bell wasn't the only stranger getting a welcome from the Eagles on Thursday. The Birds were also hosting Dontari Poe, considered by some draft analysts to be the top defensive tackle prospect in this year's draft.

Dontari Poe visits Eagles

Dontari Poe is considered by analysts to be the top defensive tackle in the NFL draft. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)
Dontari Poe is considered by analysts to be the top defensive tackle in the NFL draft. (Dave Martin/AP Photo)

Demetress Bell wasn't the only stranger getting a welcome from the Eagles on Thursday.

The Birds were also hosting Dontari Poe, considered by some draft analysts to be the top defensive tackle prospect in this year's draft.

The Memphis product was spotted walking the NovaCare Complex corridors with Jim Washburn. The defensive line coach started to turn away when he saw a group of reporters, but ended up walking by the group and introducing Poe.

"Y'all know Fletcher Cox," Washburn joked.

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Cox, from Mississippi State, is also rated as one of the top defensive tackles in this year's pool of draftees.

The 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe wowed scouts at the combine in Indianapolis when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds. He also impressed with his strength, squatting 700 pounds and bench-pressing 225 pounds a combine-best 44 times.

His tape, though, does not sparkle, according to some analysts. He didn't always transfer his athletic ability onto the field and sometimes took plays off. Still, many expect Poe to go in the first round. The Eagles hold the 15th overall pick.

They also reportedly hosted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers recently. Each NFL team is permitted 30 visits from prospects outside their area.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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