2013 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles select Luke Joeckel with No. 4 pick

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Joeckel would go a long way in beefing up the Eagles' offensive line. For new head coach Chip Kelly, the addition of a stud offensive tackle could do wonders as he tweaks his offense for the NFL.

The Eagles made the surprise hire of the offseason when they picked Oregon coach Chip Kelly to be their newest head coach. With plenty of talent already on the roster and the No. 4 draft pick at their disposal, look for Philadelphia to take plenty of instant-impact guys at the 2013 NFL Draft.

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According to the latest mock draft from CBS Sports, the Eagles will take the player many feel is the most talented with the fourth pick: Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Just like other positions on the Eagles' depth chart, offensive tackle looked to be a strength, but injuries have really taken a toll on this team. Although Jason Peters' injury situation will be a factor in Philadelphia choosing a tackle - as will the type of offensive linemen new head coach Chip Kelly seeks - Joeckel has the chance to grow into one of the NFL's best.

Joeckel would immediately provide protection for whichever quarterback wins the starting job in the fall, whether it be Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Alex Smith or JaMarcus Russell. At 6'6 and 310 lb., Joeckel has the strength and technique required to anchor an offensive line at the next level for a long time.

He might not be a flashy pick for Kelly and the Eagles, but he's probably one of the safer bets in the first round. For a team that hasn't drafted particularly well in recent years, Joeckel could be a big step in the right direction for the franchise.

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