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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles select Aggies OT Luke Joeckel

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The Philadelphia Eagles are projected to take Aggies offensive tackle Luke Joeckel in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.


Andy Reid's last season in Philadelphia as Eagles head coach was undoubtedly a disaster, as the Eagles finished with their worst record during Reid's long tenure at 4-12.

There is one silver lining for Eagles fans: Philadelphia consequently owns the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. In SB Nation's latest mock draft, the Eagles select Texas A&M Aggies offensive tackle, Luke Joeckel.

Matthew Fairburn believes Joeckel is the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft -- and that he fits Philadelphia's needs perfectly.

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.

Joeckel, though, may decide to return to Texas A&M for the 2013 season. Joeckel told CBS Sports that it would be "so hard to leave College Station."

If Joeckel does return to Texas A&M in 2013, it'll be nearly impossible for him to improve his draft stock, as the talented offensive lineman is seen as a top five pick already.

The 2013 NFL Draft will be held April 25 to 27.