2013 NFL Mock Draft: Star Lotulelei to the Eagles

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The Utah defensive lineman is the fourth-ranked player on Dan Kadar's big board.

No prospects at the top of the 2013 NFL Draft have really set themselves apart from the pack as of yet, leaving the Philadelphia Eagles with a number of different scenarios they could go with with the No. 4 pick. In the event that Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is available, most seem to believe he wouldn't fall past the fourth pick, but in the first mock of the year from CBS Sports' Will Brinson, the Eagles pass on Joeckel to take Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah -- Philadelphia passes on the chance to improve its offensive line in order to add a defensive tackle who can pair with Fletcher Cox and wreak havoc up the middle on other teams.

The Eagles lost All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters for the 2012 season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in May. With his return to the lineup, the Eagles offensive line may return to form, leaving them with the opportunity to upgrade a defense that allowed the fourth-most points in the NFL in 2012.

In the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, the Eagles made a similar move in passing on Joeckel to take a defensive player instead. However, Lotulelei was off the board with the third pick of the Oakland Raiders, so the Eagles were instead projected to take Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan.

Lotulelei, Joeckel and Jordan will all participate in the 2013 NFL Combine, which begins with some players reporting on Wednesday and will conclude with defensive back drills next Tuesday.

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