According to Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, it's time to add another name to the list of 2015 NFL Draft prospects who have met with the Eagles for a pre-draft visit. McManus reports that UCLA defensive end/outside linebacker Owamagbe Odighizuwa was in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Odighizuwa is a 23-year-old (his birthday is today, actually) redshirt senior. The 6-3, 267 pound player is native of Columbus, Ohio but moved to Nigeria for a few years before returning to the United States to live in Portland, Oregon (OREGON BIAS?). Odighizuwa finished his college career with 136 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and eight passes defensed.
CBS Sports projects Odighizuwa to be a late first or early second round pick. Here's a scouting report on him via NFL.com.
Strengths - Absolute Greek God with the pads off. Shredded physique with very little body fat. Strong at the point of attack. Plays with desired anchor and strong lower body. Run defender who can close down creases. Gets off ball with good pad level and has potential to convert speed to power. Hands are violent and active. Relentless and competitive. Never gives up on a pass rush. Expected to be a core special-teams talent. Can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.
Weaknesses - Not skilled as a pass rusher. Won't win around the edge often and must prove he can counter back inside. Has dealt with two surgeries on his hip and missed all of 2013 because of it. Lateral agility is limited. Range in pursuit in question. Could be mismatched if forced to cover in space. More unit fit than talented player.
Sources Tell Us - "He's not Courtney Upshaw, but he could be used kind of like that. I can see him playing in both 4-3 or 3-4, but he can't be counted on as a pass rusher and you have to know that he will be limited to just being a run stopper." -- AFC national scout
Bottom Line - Odighizuwa has some scheme versatility, but he's not necessarily a versatile player. Some scouts believe that he could open some eyes with his straight-line speed in his workout, but his marginal pass-rush skills and average athleticism could stunt his draft stock.
Complete list of known Eagles draft visits
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
OL Terry Poole, San Diego State
WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
S Damarious Randall, Arizona State