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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Chip Kelly gets his QB

Check out our 2013 Eagles mock draft central for more opinions on who could be the #4 pick in April.


Everything you thought you knew about team needs heading into the 2013 NFL draft has changed. Teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, Lions and Browns were extremely active in free agency making their needs in some cases much more obvious, but in others a little more vague.

The Eagles clearly made moves to shore up their defense, but so far have ignored their problems on the offensive line. That's led some mock drafters to assume they'll have to take a lineman with their #1 pick. However, the Eagles biggest issue on the line was injuries. 4 out of 5 starters were lose last season and will be back in 2013. So if their return solidifies the line, what is the one big remaining need?

According to Chris Steuber, from and, it's franchise QB. In his mock, Geno Smith is sitting on the board at #4.

"At first, I viewed the Eagles' interest in Smith as a smokescreen," wrote Steuber. "But, after their moves in free agency, it appears they are setting themselves up for a new franchise quarterback to fit Chip Kelly's offensive philosophy. "

On the eve of free agency, the Eagles braintrust of coach Chip Kelly, GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeff Lurie all flew down to Morgantown to put Geno Smith through a private workout. I find it very unlikely that they would all go down to put Smith through his paces as a simple smokescreen to feign interest. No, it's far more likely that they were doing honest due diligence.

And if Smith's pro day performance is any indication of how he performed for the Eagles, they likely left very impressed.

For a full analysis of each pick, check out

Pick Team Player
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon
3 Oakland Raiders Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
4 Philadelphia Eagles Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7 Arizona Cardinals Matt Barkley, QB, USC
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
9 NY Jets Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
10 Tennessee Titans Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
11 San Diego Chargers Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
12 Miami Dolphins Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
14 Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15 New Orleans Saints Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
16 St. Louis Rams Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
18 Dallas Cowboys Johnathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
19 NY Giants Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
20 Chicago Bears Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
22 St Louis Rams (from WAS) Matt Elam, S, Florida
23 Minnesota Vikings Keenan Allen, WR, California
24 Indianapolis Colts Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
25 Minnesota Vikings (from SEA) Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
26 Green Bay Packers Eric Reid, S, LSU
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
28 Denver Broncos Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
29 New England Patriots Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
30 Atlanta Falcons Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
31 San Francisco 49ers Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
32 Baltimore Ravens David Amerson, S, NC State

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