Staff Writer David Weinberg previews the Philadelphia Eagles' areas of need leading up to the NFL draft, which starts Thursday.

Who's there now: Jason Peters (starter), Todd Herremans (starter), Dennis Kopa, Matt Reynolds, Ed Wang.

Why it's a problem: Both Peters (ruptured Achilles' tendon) and Herremans (torn foot tendon) are coming off serious injuries. The team's lack of depth at that position really hurt last season. Demetress Bell and King Dunlap struggled and are no longer with the team.

The best:

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M: 6-foot-6, 306-pounder is considered among the top five players in the draft regardless of position. Considered a can't-miss prospect.

2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan: 6-7, 306-pounder is considered to be just as good - if not better - than Joeckel by some draft experts because of athleticism and determination.

3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: 6-6, 303-pounder is a former tight end who wowed scouts in workouts and on the field.

Tomorrow: Defensive line.