The 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight series continues, as we preview one pro prospect per day, right up until the start of the draft, April 25-27. However, none of the reports in this series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned eight picks.
Day 30 of 32
Luke Joeckel is picked by many draft analysts to be the first-overall selection in Thursday's draft. His initial rise to stardom likely can be traced to his freshman year at Texas A&M, where he started every game at left tackle in 2010, earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors, blocking for QB Ryan Tannehill (later selected by the Miami Dolphins), who led the Aggies to a bowl appearance.
In 2011, Joeckel received Second-Team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches after another strong season.
In 2012, new Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin took over and the Aggies (led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel) took the SEC by storm. Joeckel's dominating play continued, helping to anchor the best offensive line in the country. He earned First-Team All-American and All-SEC honors.
Joeckel's consistent play continued during his team's 41-14 win against Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Luke helped clear the way for an A&M offense that generated 633 total yards, including 326 rushing yards and 307 passing yards. Joeckel and his fellow offensive linemen did not allow a sack in the game.
From the impressive bowl win, Joeckel later went on to work out for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Combine stats: Top Performer *
40-yard dash (5.30 sec)
225-lb Bench Press (27 reps)
Vertical Jump: (28.5 inches)
Broad Jump (106.0 inches)
3-Cone Drill (7.40 sec) *
20-yard shuttle (4.68 sec)
What else should you know about Luke in 2012?
* SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top blocker)
* Consensus All-American
* USA Today All-Bowl Team
"Joeckel's balance, footwork and ability to recover in pass protection are outstanding," Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN NFL Draft analyst said. "He takes good angles in the run game and gets to the second level well. Joeckel showed well against the likes of Alabama and LSU during the season, and he continues to solidify an elite grade."
"Played with greater physicality in 2012, though he could still show a little more nastiness, allowing defenders to ease from his grasp after he has made the initial block rather than finishing the block to completely eliminate his opponent," writes Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com.
"Will occasionally allow his hands to slip to the side or lower back of the defender when blocking on the move, though he shows good recognition to ease up when doing so to not draw the flag. Nitpicking, but it deserves mention that Joeckel was protected a bit by blocking for two mobile quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill, Johnny Manziel) over the past two years and therefore pass rushers may have had some containment responsibilities and not rushed upfield quite as feverishly as they would against a more stationary target."
Name: Luke Joeckel
College: Texas A&M
Hometown: Arlington, TX
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