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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Eagles could seek upgrades to offensive line

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The Eagles have the fourth overall pick, and are predicted by some to use the selection on a top offensive lineman.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are still searching for a new head coach following a disappointing 4-12 season but will begin the rebuilding process with the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

With that pick the Eagles are projected to take Luke Joeckel, a junior offensive tackle from the Texas A&M Aggies, according to the latest mock draft by SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn. Joeckel could potentially help to tighten up an Eagles' offensive line that surrendered 48 sacks during the 2012 regular season, which was the fifth-highest total in the league.

Here's Fairburn's take on the pick:

Jason Peters is a huge question mark at left tackle after his most recent injury. Durability was the biggest issue with Philadelphia's offensive line this season, as injuries made the unit look a lot worse than it was. Still, the Eagles would be wise to take the best tackle prospect in the draft. Joeckel is one of the best players in this draft. He needs to get a bit stronger, but has been a solid blindside protector throughout his career.

At, draft analyst Dane Brugler, in his mock updated on Jan. 7, also sees Philadelphia going with Joeckel with the fourth pick. According to, Joeckel is the top overall prospect in the entire draft class.

Rob Rang, another draft guru at, however, predicts that the Eagles will go with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who is the top-rated quarterback prospect by and the 10-best prospect overall.