Luke Joeckel 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Luke Joeckel
College: Texas A&M
Position: Offensive Tackle
Luke Joeckel decided to capitalize on his stellar junior season as the starting left tackle for Texas A&M and declare for the NFL Draft in lieu of returning for his senior season. Obviously, like the rest of the team, he was overshadowed by Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, but many believe Joeckel is the top prospect in the class, and has a shot at going to the Chiefs with the No. 1 overall choice. He was a first team All-American and won the Outland Trophy for the nation’s best interior lineman.
Joeckel’s most notable attribute is surely his pass protection, as he allowed just one sack all year in 2012. Obviously, having the mobile Manziel behind him likely helps that number, but he was also stellar when protecting Ryan Tannehill when he was the Aggies’ QB. He has nearly-perfect technique, and is about as athletic as offensive linemen get. Joeckel is proficient at staying with pass rushers attempting to speed-rush around the edge, and his athleticism allows him to get up to the second level and block downfield, as well. He’s very strong, which allows him to maintain his blocks for as long as he needs. Playing in front of a mobile quarterback, this is a hugely important skill. He has great footwork, and can plant very well against guys attempting to bull-rush. He’s also proven to be highly durable, and he started 38 games during his college career.
There aren’t many holes in Joeckel’s game. He’s shown to be susceptible at times to moves made by opposing rushers to the inside, but that’s easily correctable with coaching, considering his physical attributes.
Joeckel is a supremely talented left tackle, and seems to have the makeup of a guy that can anchor your offensive line for the foreseeable future. He’s a franchise player that is ready to start at the next level immediately. Joeckel will almost surely be taken somewhere in the top-five of the draft.
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