NFL Mock Draft 2013: Eagles projected to take OT Luke Joeckel

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar thinks the Philadelphia Eagles will try to shore up their offensive line in the 2013 NFL Draft.

After a dismal 4-12 season that saw the Philadelphia Eagles tie for the worst record in the NFC, the team has a chance to select a top talent with the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. In his latest mock draft, SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects the Eagles to take Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel.

Still on the hunt for a head coach, the Eagles are another team difficult to choose a player for in the first round. Regardless of the head coach or the offensive scheme he employs, having a franchise left tackle is paramount. If Joeckel continues to slip in a mock draft this far, he'll continue being the pick. Because Jason Peters' future is such an unknown, Joeckel should be picked without hesitation.

The Eagles' offense struggled to score in 2012, ranking 29th in the NFL with an average of 17.5 points per game. A major contributor to the offensive ineptitude was the inability to keep the quarterback upright. Philadelphia allowed 48 sacks, fifth-most in the league.

The addition of Joeckel would certainly give the Eagles' offensive line a boost. A draft-eligible junior, he was recently awarded the Outland Trophy, which goes to college football's best interior lineman. At 6'6 and 310 pounds, Joeckel would bring the size and talent to Philadelphia's line that it desperately needs.

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