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Philadelphia Eagles: Why King Dunlap Won't Replace Jason Peters

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  King Dunlap #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Giorgos KassakosAnalyst IApril 2, 2012

Jason Peters is scheduled for an operation tomorrow to fix his ruptured Achilles tendon, yet the Philadelphia Eagles are still looking for the one who will take his spot in their offensive line.

Demetrius Bell visited with the team but left the NovaCare Complex with no contract. The 27-year-old tackle remains a free agent, despite drawing interest from a handful of NFL teams.

It appears that the Eagles are content with King Dunlap, and they will probably look to add an offensive tackle in the forthcoming draft. Dunlap and the rookie tackle will fight to earn the spot Peters held before injuring his Achilles.

Dunlap, however, has little chance to win this battle.

He failed to impress in 2010, despite getting five starts over Winston Justice. He showed some improvement last season, but he did not inspire confidence and didn't look like someone who could be a regular starter for the Eagles.

Furthermore, Dunlap is not the type of player Howard Mudd, Philadelphia's offensive line coach, prefers to use in his line. Mudd likes small, flexible linemen, and Dunlap is one of the biggest bodies in the NFL, standing at 6'9”.

So, Peters' replacement will most likely come from the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Eagles are expected to draft a left tackle between the first and third round. From Jonathan Martin to Matt McCants, anyone can take the left tackle spot of the Eagles.

King Dunlap serves as a nice backup, but you can't expect much more from him.

Philadelphia should draft wisely in order to keep alive their chances of competing in the NFC.

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