Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Check out our 2013 Eagles mock draft central for more opinions on who could be the #4 pick in April.
CBS Sports has released a pair of new mock drafts from their gurus Rob Rang and Dan Brugler. While there are a lot of interesting selections up and down the board in each mock, the story for the Eagles remains the same. It's Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel in each draft.
For the rest of the picks, both guys have 2 QBs going in the top 10. With this draft being seen as a lean year for signal callers, that hasn't been a popular forecast. However, I tend to agree with these guys, we're going to see QBs go higher than expected because that is what's been happening in the league. QBs get "overdrafted" as they say because it's such a vital position and teams are so starved for a franchise guy. They're going to look at a Mike Glennon or Matt Barkley and say, "I don't know if I have a top 10 grade on this guy, but I like him and I don't want to risk losing him and it's not that expensive to pay top picks anymore so.... He's our guy!"
The other thing I wanted to note from this draft is the rising stock of CB Desmond Trufant, who opened eyes with a great performance at the Senior Bowl. Both CBS mockers have him as a first rounder now.
Here are their thoughts on the Eagles pick.
The hiring of Chip Kelly as head coach could mean that the Eagles will look to address the quarterback position as Nick Foles, 1-5 in six games as a rookie starter, is a pocket passer and a poor fit in the Kelly's read-option offense. Michael Vick potentially could fit, but he's 32, gets injured too frequently and hasn't operated particularly well in up-tempo offenses. The safer choice might be to wait until a round or two for a passer better suited to the scheme (perhaps Florida State's E.J. Manuel or Arizona's Matt Scott) and add the left tackle capable of protecting him here in Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated overall prospect.
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.
Here are the full mocks from each.
|Pick||Team||Rob Rang||Dane Brugler|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|5||Detroit Lions||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU||Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Matt Barkley, QB, USC||Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas||Matt Barkley, QB, USC|
|9||New York Jets||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Keenan Allen, WR, California||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama||Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri||Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU||Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama||Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Kawann Short, DT, Purdue||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|19||New York Giants||Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|20||Chicago Bears||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma||Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia||Datone Jones, DE, UCLA|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from WAS)||Matt Elam, SS, Florida||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington||Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Alex Okafor, DE, Texas||Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama|
|26||Green Bay Packers||D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia|
|27||Houston Texans||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia||Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU|
|28||Denver Broncos||Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida||Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State|
|29||New England Patriots||Kenny Vaccarro, FS, Texas||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon||Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina||Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame||Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame|