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Report: UCLA LB Ayers To Visit Eagles

It hasn't happened in the Andy Reid era and it hasn't happened in Philadelphia since Jerry Robinson in 1979, but it was reported by National Football Post's Aaron Wilson that UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers will visit with the Eagles on Wednesday.

The 6-3, 255-pound Ayers is expected to be selected in the first round of the upcoming draft and many draft experts rate him as the second-best outside linebacker behind Von Miller, likely top-five pick.

A starter for the past two years, Ayers registered 143 tackles, 10 for loss, 24.5 sacks and six interceptions over the course of those 25 games. The redshirt junior renounced his final year of eligibility to enter the draft.

The potential for the Eagles to add Ayers makes a lot of sense. Under new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, the wide-nine technique will put more of an emphasis on the linebackers to secure the C gap. Ayers is slated to play on the strong side. Right now, the Eagles have Moise Fokou who has started off-and-on for the past two seasons. The Eagles tendered middle linebacker Stewart Bradley a restricted free agent contract and then you have promising second-year player Jamar Chaney who can play in the middle or on the weak side.

In addition to Ayers, Wilson also reported that the Eagles hosted the Scouting Combine's fastest man, Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh. FOX Sports' Adam Caplan reported earlier today that the Eagles hosted New Mexico State cornerback Davon House and Utah guard Caleb Schlauderaff.

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