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Report: Workout Set With Michigan Punter

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reported Sunday that All-Big Ten Conference punter Zoltan Mesko is set to conduct a private workout for the Eagles on Tuesday at the University of Michigan campus. Wilson cites an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

Bloghead reported on this last weekend thanks to's Chris Steuber.

A Ray Guy Award finalist, Mesko is a two-time All-Big Ten selection who averaged a school-record 44.5 yards last season, with 17 over 50 yards, 18 fair-caught, three touchbacks and 15 downed inside the 20-yard line.

A second-team All-American selection, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mesko punted in the Senior Bowl for the North squad. He then bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times at the NFL scouting combine.

Mesko, who had a private workout with the Kansas City Chiefs last week, is currently the 2nd-rated punter listed on's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

Writes Steuber of Mesko: "This off-season, Mesko participated in the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine, and while he's considered to be a top specialist in this year's class, he's still developing and has to correct his directional punting."

Specialists are not usually drafted. In fact, since 1970, the Eagles have selected a punter in the draft three times -- South Carolina's Max Runager in 1979, Florida's Ray Criswell in 1986, and Colorado's Mitch Berger in 1994.

Philadelphia's current punter, Sav Rocca, joined the Eagles after a stellar career in the Australian rules-based Australian Football League. Though he is the franchise's all-time leader with a 37.1 career net punting average, the Eagles, as evidenced by the addition of Durant Brooks earlier this off-season, may be looking to challenge that position. The 36-year-old Rocca is currently a restricted free agent.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 12:18 p.m., March 28

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