By Harry Allison

At first, Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon attracted some attention at the recently completed NFL scouting combine, and now:

He has gone from a late round prospect to a possible day 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, based on his size, speed, and athleticism that he possesses.

The Eagles met with the local prospect at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and followed up with an informal meeting in Indianapolis.

“I think my name is kind of out there now after the Senior Bowl,” Kpassagnon said at his Combine press conference last Saturday. “Hopefully, this will help bring it out more. The Senior Bowl showed I can play with those guys. The combine hopefully will show that I’m a pretty good athlete.”

The 6-6, 280-pounder drew praise from NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, who raved about Kpassagnon’s length and how well put together he looked. He jokingly questioned why Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright didn’t try to get him to play basketball.

Kpassagnon’s best time in the 40-yard dash was 4.83 seconds. He also put up 23 reps on the bench. His bench press results are pretty good for a player with 35-inch arms.

The scouts saw enough in Kpassagnon to ask him to workout in linebacker drills after the defensive line portion of the Combine. He showed the necessary athleticism to drop into coverage zones if a creative defensive coordinator wanted to use him that way.

The arrow is pointing up for Kpassagnon after solid performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

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