Source: Star Lotulelei scheduled to meet with Eagles

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Source: Star Lotulelei scheduled to meet with Eagles
April 4, 2013, 7:00 am
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Star Lotulelei started all 12 games for Utah last season, recording 42 tackles and five sacks. (USA Today Images)

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is the latest projected first-round pick the Eagles have scheduled for a visit, according to a league source.

Lotulelei is expected to be at the NovaCare Complex to meet with head coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman and other Eagles' brass at some point in the next several days, although the exact date of the visit has yet to be finalized.

Lotulelei is once again projected as a top-10 pick now that an independent cardiologist has cleared him after he was diagnosed with a heart condition, which prevented him from working out at the Combine.

Dr. Josef Stehlik, associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and medical director of the University of Utah’s Heart Transplant Program, wrote a letter to the NFL and team officials earlier this week saying it’s safe for Lotulelei to participate in workouts and play professional football and that tests he conducted showed normal heart function.

That was huge news for Lotulelei, a powerful, disruptive defensive lineman who stands 6-3, 310 pounds. Lotulelei is versatile enough to play in any kind of front, and in the Eagles’ anticipated 3-4, he could be either a nose tackle or defensive end.

As previously reported by CSNPhilly.com, Oregon 3-4 linebacker Dion Jordan and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher were both slated to arrive in Philadelphia Wednesday evening and are scheduled to visit with the Eagles on Thursday, and Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a North Philadelphia native, is scheduled to be at the NovaCare Complex on Friday (see story).

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had his meeting with Kelly, Roseman, and others from the Eagles' brain trust on Wednesday, as did BYU defensive end Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah. San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar, who is not a first-round prospect, also met with the Eagles Wednesday.

Sources said Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who many believe Andy Reid will draft with the first pick overall, and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who many draft projections have coming to the Eagles, also will be visiting in the next several days, although the dates of those meetings hasn’t yet been set.

The Eagles own the fourth pick in this year's draft, which is scheduled to begin three weeks from Thursday.

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