INDIANAPOLIS -- If some NFL folks didn't know who Tanoh Kpassagnon was before, they found out at the Senior Bowl weigh-in in Mobile, Alabama, in January.
That's when the Villanova defensive end emerged on the stage to an audible gasp from the crowd. Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas said it looked like Kpassagnon was cut from stone and was "as body beautiful as it gets."
Turns out, that wasn't as body beautiful as it gets.
In a little over a month, Kpassagnon somehow managed to pack on nine more pounds of muscle. At the combine, he came it at 6-foot-7, 289 pounds.
"Just trying to get stronger honestly," Kpassagnon said.
If there was any fear that the extra weight would slow him down, the physical freak put it to rest by running a 4.83 in the 40-yard dash Sunday after already putting up 23 reps in the bench press. Before the combine, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Kpassagnon has "freaky gifts."
They were on display Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
As of Saturday afternoon, Kpassagnon already had an informal meeting with the Eagles but wasn’t sure if they were on his list of formal interviews scheduled.
During his meetings with teams, one of the questions Kpassagnon has gotten the most is about his love for football. He's been getting those questions so much because he's not a dumb jock. He graduated from Villanova with degrees in accounting and finance.
"I've gotten that a lot. I love the game," he said. "It's probably the first thing I really did for myself. Grades and everything else was instilled by my mom and that was just something that I did to really make my mom happy.
"Football is something I've done for me. Really to make her happy too, but it's really for me."
The Wissahickon High School product had a really impressive career at Villanova, but it was his Senior Bowl performance in January that really began to turn heads. In Mobile, he was able to prove himself against talented players from higher levels of college football.
"I think the best way to show that was playing with them, practicing with them like I did at the Senior Bowl," he said. "But I mean, combine numbers will hopefully also show that I'm a pretty good athlete."
Kpassagnon is more than a pretty good athlete. He's a freaky one.
And it's unclear where, but he'll definitely be the first Villanova player drafted since 2011. He's not under the radar anymore.
"Hopefully I'm going to make this into my profession," Kpassagnon said, "and I want to be the best defensive end there is."