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Eagles reportedly host versatile USC defender on pre-draft visit

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USC defender Uchenna Nwosu is one of 30 2018 NFL Draft prospects scheduled to meet with the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official pre-draft visit, according to the great Josh Norris.

The 6-2, 250 pound Nwosu finished his four-year collegiate career with 169 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass deflections (!), 12.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.

Nwosu is an interesting prospect because it’s not totally clear how he’ll fit in at the professional level. Nwosu played as an edge rusher for the Trojans but some NFL teams could view him as an off-ball linebacker.

“He’s probably going to have to do what Haason Reddick did a year ago out of Temple, which is stand up, play off-the-ball linebacker and perhaps be used in the subpackages as kind of a joker rusher,” said NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock, via PennLive. “Nwosu is really interesting.”

It remains to be seen how the Eagles view Nwosu. Perhaps they want to meet with him in order to better figure that out themselves. Note that Philadelphia already spoke with Nwosu at USC’s pro day last month.

Scouting report via NFL.com:

Overview: Flashes the athletic traits and speed off the edge that teams will be looking for but the overall tape is very uneven. Nwosu may not have the edge strength to handle run downs, however, if he tests well at the Combine as expected, teams may fall in love with his burst and eyeball a future role as a designated pass rusher.

Sources Tell Us: “He didn’t play until late in his high school career and he’s only started for the last two and a half years at USC. I guess you could argue it either way, but I think he’s worth a pick on day three because we haven’t really seen what he’s going to be yet.” - NFC West Coast scout

Draft Projection: Rounds 3-4

NFL Comparison: Kamalei Correa

Spider graph (compared to NFL edge rushers):

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Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits

USC LB Uchenna Nwosu

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans - [Click here]

UCF CB Mike Hughes - [Click here]

Maryland LB Jermaine Carter - [Click here]

Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith - [Click here]

Iowa C James Daniels - [Click here]

Miami TE Chris Herndon - [Click here]

South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard - [Click here]

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny - [Click here]

Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor - [Click here]

Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain - [Click here]

Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch - [Click here]

Stanford S Justin Reid - [Click here]

LSU RB Derrius Guice - [Click here]

LSU CB Donte Jackson - [Click here]