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2016 NFL Draft: Eagles host local prospects from Temple and other schools

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The Eagles worked out some local guys.

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Each year leading up to the NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles host a pro day for local prospects from schools such as Temple, Villanova, etc. Note that these local visits do not count against the team's 30 pre-draft visit limit. This year the list of local players the Eagles hosted includes the following:

LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple

[Per Geoff Mosher]

The 23-year-old Matakevich was recognized with the Chuck Bednarik Award for being the defensive college football player in 2015. Despite lacking plus size and athleticism, Matakevich was very productive for the Owls. He finished his college career with 493 tackles (40.5 for loss), seven sacks, seven interceptions, 11 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. CBS Sports projects him to be a third or fourth round pick. The Eagles might have interest in adding depth to their linebacker corps in the draft.

RB Brandon Ross, Maryland

[Per Geoff Mosher]

Ross measures in at 5-10, 205 pounds. He finished his Maryland career with 2,543 rushing yards (5.2 per attempt) and 19 rushing touchdowns. He also contributed as receiver with 40 receptions for 401 yards and two scores. Ross could be a late round pick or an undrafted free agent.

WR Robby Anderson, Temple

[Per Aaron Wilson]

Anderson is listed at 6-3, 190 pounds. He only ended up playing two seasons for Temple after being ruled ineligible for the 2014 season. He finished his Temple career with 114 receptions for 1,730 yards (15.2 per reception) and 16 touchdowns. He's projected to go undrafted.

OL Kyle Friend, Temple

[Per Aaron Wilson]

Friend, 22, measured in at 6-1, 295 pounds at Temple's pro day. He benched 225 pounds 41 times, which is seven more reps than the top performer put up at the NFL Combine this year. Friend has experience playing at both guard and center. He's projected to be a seventh round pick by CBS Sports.

Lafayette, DB Matt Smalley

[Per Nick Fierro]

Smalley is listed at 5-10, 190 pounds. He returned 48 kicks in college for 1,191 yards (24.8 average) and two touchdowns.

WR Antwane Grant, WKU

We already profiled Grant, who is native of Wilmington, DE.

Grant measures in at 6-1, 205 pounds. He played football at Nassau Community College before transferring in 2014. Grant finished his two-year stint at WKU with 96 receptions for 1,210 yards (12.6 average) and 13 touchdowns. He also ran the ball three times for 65 yards and one score.