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Report: Eagles Have Interest In Indiana OT

With the release of Shawn Andrews, the Eagles figure to be in the market for an offensive lineman or two in the NFL Draft next month.

In fact,'s Chris Steuber reports that the Eagles are one of several teams interested in Indiana's Rodger Saffold, "one of the more intriguing and rising tackles" available in the draft.

According to Steuber, Saffold has a workout with the Eagles scheduled for March 31. The workout is expected to be conducted at Indiana University. Saffold has worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, and has a workout scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons next week.

A four-year starter at Indiana, Saffold played in 42 games, starting 41 of them, and only missed two games during his career.

Writes Steuber: "The experience Saffold brings to the NFL makes him an intriguing tackle prospect, but it's been his performance this offseason that's raised his draft stock. Saffold was the talk of the scouting world after his showing at the East-West Shrine Game and continued to impress scouts at the Scouting Combine.

"The 6-foot-5, 316-pound Saffold was considered to be a 3rd – 4th round draft pick a few months ago, but after being tested against the best in the nation and displaying his skills during drills, there's a strong chance that he's selected in the first round."

Over the years, head coach Andy Reid has not been shy about drafting offensive linemen, selecting seven of them over the last four drafts. One of those was Winston Justice, who was solid in his first season as a starter at right tackle in 2009.

Saffold is currently the 6th-rated offensive tackle listed on's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 2 p.m., March 20

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