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Report: Eagles hosted Alabama edge rusher on pre-draft visit

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The last visit that Philly will host before the 2020 NFL Draft?

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it appears that the Philadelphia Eagles (among other teams) won’t be hosting 30 prospects on pre-draft visits like they usually do each year. The Eagles closed their facilities effective earlier today, March 13. UPDATE: The NFL officially announced top 30 visits are over for all teams.

The team did host at least one visit earlier this week ... and perhaps the last one ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. The great Josh Norris of Rotoworld reports that the Eagles brought Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis to the NovaCare Complex.

Lewis, who turns 22 in August, measures in at 6-5, 262 pounds. Injury issues (torn elbow ligament and an ACL tear) limited him to playing only 14 combined games for the Crimson Tide over the past two years. He logged 47 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and three pass deflections during that span.

The Eagles likely wanted to bring Lewis to Philly to get a closer look at his medical situation. Some believe he projects as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker but clearly the Eagles think he has 4-3 defensive end capability. Either way, he could be a Day 2 selection.

Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham are entrenched as the Eagles’ starting pass rushers for 2020 but the depth behind them is less settled. Vinny Curry is currently set to be a free agent. Josh Sweat took a step forward in 2019 ... but is he anything more than a third or fourth defensive end? The likes of Genard Avery, Shareef Miller, Joe Ostman (coming off injury), and Daeshon Hall (could begin season on PUP) are unproven NFL players.

Scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:

The evaluation requires both projection and a small leap of faith due to durability concerns after he missed most of two full seasons. He needs to fill out his long, athletic build with more girth and muscle to help set stronger edges and hold his ground against downhill rushing attacks. He’s played in just 26 games, so he’s less technically sound than most Alabama defenders at this stage, but he was still productive and showed growth as a player in-season. With more coaching and development as a rusher, he should be able to pair traits with skill to become a future NFL starter, provided his health issues are in the past.

Spider graph via Mockdraftable:

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Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits

Alabama DE Terrell Lewis

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