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2015 NFL Draft: Eagles hosted Jeremiah Poutasi on a visit

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According to Tony Pauline (via PhiladelphiaEagles.com) and Josh Norris of NBC Sports, it appears the Eagles have already hosted Utah offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi for a pre-draft visit. Poutasi is the fourth (known) offensive line prospect to visit Philadelphia this offseason.

Chip Kelly already had the chance to see Poutasi up close when the coach personally attended Utah's pro day. The Eagles reportedly put Poutasi through a work out at that time.

Poutasi is a 20-year-old junior who measures in at 6-5, 335 pounds. He played at offensive tackle for the Utah Utes but he's expected to move to guard in the NFL. The Eagles have a need at guard so Poutasi could make sense for them. He's expected to be drafted in the middle or late rounds.

Here's a scouting report via NFL.com. The book on Poutasi seems to be that he's raw but has some upside.

"Strengths - Improved from 27 quarterback hits/sacks allowed in 2013 to just 9.5 in 2014. Footwork and poise in pass protection improved as season progressed. Works to stay square in his pass sets for as long as he can. Beefy frame that takes up space. Flashes power when he's allowed to fire out. Uses wide base, choppy feet and good body control for his climb to second level. Decent feet for a man his size and is able to slide laterally to block on an angle. Has enough upper body strength to eventually anchor up even when he gets upright.

Weaknesses - Power is limited by lack of flexibility that robs him of leverage at point of attack and against bull rush. Has a small "strike zone" and leaves his feet behind at contact, causing him to fall off of too many blocks. Needs to improve sustaining blocks and finishing. Drops head and head-butts down blocks and run stunts. Hand placement needs work. Uses half-hearted "reach" rather than authoritative punch to subdue determined rushers. Sets soft, shallow edge in pass protection that allows worker bees and edge speed an entry over the top. Feet get stuck and he struggles to redirect against inside moves.

Bottom Line - Improving tackle prospect with athletic limitations that could always hamper his ability to consistently protect the passer as a tackle in the NFL. Played from two-point stance at Utah, but could benefit from a move inside to guard, where he can fire out and play forward. Poutasi will have to learn to sustain blocks and play with faster, stronger hands. Learning those things could take time."

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Complete list of known Eagles draft visits

OT Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah

CB Randall Evans, Kansas State

WR Jimmie Hunt, Missouri

WR Adrian Coxson, Stony Brook

S Adrian Amos, Penn State

OT Donovan Smith, Penn State

OL La'el Collins, LSU

CB Byron Jones, Connecticut

OLB Obum Gwacham, Oregon State

CB Jalen Collins, LSU

DB Eric Rowe, Utah

OLB Danielle Hunter, LSU

OLB Shane Ray, Missouri

WR Breshad Perriman, UCF

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA

WR Rashad Greene, Florida State

LS Joe Cardona, Navy

OL Terry Poole, San Diego State

TE Randall Telfer, USC

WR Chris Conley, Georgia

CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

S Damarious Randall, Arizona State

WR Nelson Agholor, USC