Dontari Poe spotted at Eagles' facility

April, 5, 2012
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Today's lesson: When you're trying to keep a pre-draft visit secret, don't have it on the day you hold a news conference to introduce your new left tackle. While at the NovaCare Complex to cover the Demetress Bell newser, Philadelphia Eagles beat writers ran into defensive line coach Jim Washburn and Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe in the hall. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Memphis product was spotted walking the NovaCare Complex corridors with Jim Washburn. The defensive line coach started to turn away when he saw a group of reporters, but ended up walking by the group and introducing Poe.

"Y'all know Fletcher Cox," Washburn joked.

Poe and Cox are among the best interior defensive line prospects in this year's draft, and both are realistic possibilities for the Eagles, who hold the 15th selection in the first round of this year's NFL draft. Now, the fact that Poe was in Philly today visiting the Eagles doesn't mean he'll be the pick. Teams can (and generally do) host up to 30 prospects for pre-draft visits, and Poe is a prospect worth the Eagles' time to investigate, whether they take him or not. Just interesting that he's there, is all.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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