NFL Mock Draft 2013: The Eagles Select…


We took a look yesterday at the recent mock drafts of ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. From time to time, we’ll check in with various prominent football writers to guage their opinions on what direction the Eagles will decide to take in April’s draft. Today’s expert Tony Pauline of USA Today.

For those of you that are getting bored of the Dee Milliner, Luke Joeckel, and Geno Smith projects, Pauline checks in with a different idea for the Eagles when they draft No. 4 overall.

Pauline, who also does some work for the Eagles’ official team website, says the Eagles will roll with Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

Pauline references Lotulelei’s ability to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 as one reason he could be an attractive option for the Eagles.

Some will argue Lotulelei is the draft’s top player. He offers a remedy for the Eagles’ porous run defense and the ability to line up in a 3-4 or 4-3.

It’s unknown whether Davis will implement a true 3-4 front or if he’ll go with the much talked about “4-3 under” look, but the senior defensive tackle would be an ideal fit in either system.

Last month, I mocked Lotulelei to the Eagles.

It’s been well-documented that the Eagles current defensive personnel isn’t an ideal fit for the system. And while the team will need to rebuild what was an embarrassingly soft and vulnerable secondary, one of the primary reasons the team’s personnel isn’t suited for the 3-4 is because of the lack of a prototypical system defense tackle.

When you look at the film, you notice the double teams he consistently draws and that he can be simply unblockable if he draws only one man. As someone who believes the Eagles must rebuild this offensive line from the ground up, the thought of pairing Lotulelei with Fletcher Cox is an attractive idea.

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