There are two separate reports that two of the premier defensive tackles in this year's draft - Oregon State’s Stephen Paea and Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson - will visit with the Eagles. The Eagles are allowed to host 30 non-local prospects at the NovaCare Complex, but since Wilkerson starred at Temple it won't count against that total. It only makes sense for the Eagles to take advantage of that.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football post reported that Paea will visit with the Eagles next week. Paea set a Combine record with 49 bench press lifts of 225 pounds in February. The 6-1, 303-pound Paea signed with Oregon State after only having played three years of organized football. In fact, Paea moved to the United States when he was 16 from Tonga where he was a burgeoning rugby star likely headed for the pros. At Oregon State, Paea won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top lineman in each of his last two seasons. He earned All-America honors last season as he posted 45 tackles, 10 for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles. Paea is ranked No. 5 on NFL Network Mike Mayock's list of the top defensive tackles.
Wilson also reported that Wilkerson will visit with the Eagles, but not until April 15. The 6-5, 305-pound Wilkerson is rated No. 3 by Mayock and is considered to be someone rising up the draft boards. The Owls' Defensive MVP last season, Wilkerson earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as he totaled 70 tackles, 13 for loss and 10 sacks.
The five defensive linemen who have selected with a first-round pick during Reid's tenure are: defensive tackle Corey Simon (2000), defensive end Jerome McDougle (2003), defensive tackle Mike Patterson (2005), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (2006) and defensive end Brandon Graham (2010).