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Eagles draft pick Joe Kruger hoping to follow in brother's footsteps

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Ronald Martinez

There's probably no player in this Eagles 2013 draft class with a better role model than 7th round pick Joe Kruger. His brother Paul in the last calendar racked up 9 sacks, won a Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens and scored a brand new $40 million contract from the Cleveland Browns.

Plus, as Joe said yesterday, he also helped his little brother get an NFL job.

"He helped me a lot with the Combine," said Joe Kruger of his brother. "He got me prepared for that really well-told me what it was going to be like and that it would be a long process, a lot of meetings and stuff like that. Throughout the draft, we were just all sitting there in my parents family room and just sitting there waiting. He wasn't saying much, he was just kind of surprised that I got taken so late. That really doesn't matter now. I'm really excited I'm on a team and I'm excited to get out there."

Joe actually compares well body-wise to his brother. The younger Kruger stands 6-6 and weighs in at 269 pounds, while the elder came into the NFL at 6-4, 263.

Joe he said he thinks he and brother, who was a second round pick in 2009, have a similar style of play as well.

"I would compare our game a lot. I think we are both powerful players. I think Paul is going to be dropping more and playing more linebacker now. This offseason they [Cleveland Browns] had him lose a little bit of weight. So, I guess we'll see what the Eagles have me do. We're similar motor. We both go to the ball until the whistle has been blown and both have the same mentality. I'm a guy that hates to lose and I really don't sit well with it."

A third Kruger brother, Dave, was actually signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns yesterday. So in all, it's a pretty good time for Kruger family.