Nobody can say the Philadelphia Eagles aren't doing their due diligence in evaluating the talent on the Alabama defense.
Butkus Award winner and former Crimson Tide LB Reuben Foster was in Philadelphia on Wednesday to visit the Eagles, according to NJ Advance Media, one of three Alabama defenders to do so this week alone. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos are hosting one of the NFL draft's top running backs in Oklahoma's Joe Mixon on Thursday, per ESPN.
Foster is considered a first-round talent, and the Eagles' top draft choice comes at No. 14 overall. Mock drafts from five NFL.com analysts suggested a wide range of possible landing points for Foster, as high as No. 9 overall and as low as No. 27 overall. He is the third prospect on Alabama's stellar defense to visit the Eagles. CB Marlon Humphrey was set to visit the club earlier this week, as was LB Ryan Anderson.
The Broncos hold the No. 20 overall pick, but it's unlikely they'll need their first-round choice to acquire Mixon. He was barred from the NFL Scouting Combine under an NFL conduct policy, and a 2014 incident in which he punched a female OU student has made him undraftable for some clubs, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. As such, despite being considered one of the draft's top rushing talents, his draft status remains a blurry picture.