NFL draft position preview: OT

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NFL draft position preview: OT

April 24, 2013, 9:00 am
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Eric Fisher, left, and Luke Joeckel are the two top tackle prospects in this year's draft. (USA Today Images)

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To beat a dead horse, the Eagles saw firsthand the importance of depth along the offensive line in 2012. After losing both their tackles to injuries, they trotted out has-beens (Demetress Bell), scrubs (King Dunlap) and rookies (Dennis Kelly) to protect Michael Vick and Nick Foles. With Jason Peters on the mend and Todd Herremans possibly kicking inside, the Eagles should be looking to find a bookend for Peters, who will also serve as his eventual replacement on the left side.

Fortunately for the Eagles, this draft has its share of mobile tackles.

Top 10 tackles

1. Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M, 6-6/306
Doesn't have the can't-miss aura of Joe Thomas or Matt Kalil, but he's pretty darn close. As safe a pick as you can get in this draft. A top-3 pick.

2. Eric Fisher - Central Michigan, 6-7/306
The only thing Joeckel has over Fisher is the consistent level of competition he played against. Fisher has experience at both tackle positions. A top-5 pick.

3. Lane Johnson - Oklahoma, 6-6/303
The converted QB is an outstanding athlete, and is only missing the seasoning Joeckel and Fisher have. A top-10 pick.

4. D.J. Fluker - Alabama, 6-5/339
A monstrous right tackle who can block out the sun, Fluker will need to improve his foot quickness a bit to become elite at the next level.

5. Kyle Long - Oregon, 6-6/313
Long, Howie Long's son, played guard at Oregon under Chip Kelly, but has the size and quickness to move to the outside.

6. Menelik Watson - Florida State, 6-5/310
The British citizen is still pretty raw after only playing the game for two years, but has the size and athleticism (he played basketball at Marist) to play LT (he played on the right side at Florida State). Watson played with Long at Saddleback Junior College.

7. Terron Armstead - Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 6-5/306
An ultra-athletic LT, Armstead will need to step up his game against NFL competition.

8. Justin Pugh - Syracuse, 6-4/307
Has shorter than ideal arms for tackle, but is smart, versatile and experienced. Could possibly play guard or center, too.

9. Reid Fragel - Ohio State, 6-8/308
A tight end until 2012, Fragel was moved to RT as a senior and took the position quickly. Upside is high, but will be a project.

10. Jordan Mills - Louisiana Tech, 6-5/316
Is still more of an athlete than football player, but he works hard and, with good coaching, could be a versatile lineman capable of playing everywhere but center.

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