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Early mock drafts have Eagles eyeing Joeckel

Early mock drafts have the Eagles getting some offensive line help in the form of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel.

Early mock drafts have Eagles eyeing Joeckel

Texas A&M´s Luke Joeckel displays the Outland Trophy Award after being named the nation´s outstanding interior lineman at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel displays the Outland Trophy Award after being named the nation's outstanding interior lineman at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

There’s still a couple months until mock draft season officially begins, but after a season such as the one the Eagles have had this year, it is never too early to start looking ahead.  It is no secret that the Eagles struggled protecting the quarterback throughout the season, so offensive line support makes sense as a main focus for the team. 

Several current mock drafts have the Eagles at the #4 spot selecting Luke Joeckel, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M

You may have seen Joeckel blocking for Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football during the season, and if drafted, the Eagles are hoping he can provide the same type of protection for their quarterback, whoever that turns out to be.

Joeckel was this year's reciepent of the Outland Trophy, granted to the nation's top interior lineman, as he helped Texas A&M to the third ranked scoring offense in the country.

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At 6'6'', 310 pounds, Joeckel is a physical specimen, and has a combination of size, strength, and athleticism that would make most offensive line coaches salivate.  Joeckel has so much potential in fact, that some analysts have him slated to be selected first overall.

However, other sources such as CBS, and Walterfootball.com, have Joeckel falling to Philly in the four spot, as a player with whom the team could build the future offensive line around. 

Michael Kaskey-Blomain Assistant Sports Producer
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