Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher is reporting that the Eagles will hold a private workout with Utah DT Star Lotulelei. The Eagles hold the #4 overall pick in April's draft and Lotulelei has been a name frequently mentioned among the top 5 picks.
Lotulelei made headlines when he was sent home from the combine by NFL doctors who were concerned about a test done on his heart. The report said that his heart was pumping blood with lower than normal efficiency. It wasn't in a range where it would be considered defective, but doctors wanted him to get further tests.
He got those tests and has since been cleared to workout at his pro day. There's no doubt that the Eagles or any team considering drafting Star will have their physicians check him out, but right now it seems like his health is not a particularly big issue.
As for where he could fit, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks compared him to Packers NT B.J. Raji. At 6-3, 311 he certainly has the size to anchor the middle of a 3-4, but he could also play 5 tech defensive end as well. He played over 90% of the snaps for Utah last year and rotated back and forth between both positions.
Not only does Star show up well on tape, especially against top competition, but he fills up the stat sheet pretty well also (something Dion Jordan did not do). He led his team with 11 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks while also adding 4 PDs, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. Coming from the nose tackle position and regularly facing double and triple teams, those are impressive numbers.
Paired with last year's first round pick Fletcher Cox, Star would give the Eagles one of the most formidable and young up front duos in the NFL.
Check some video of his very strong game against blue chip lineman at USC last season.