2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

by Cory J. Bonini on February 18, 2013 @ 12:00:42 PDT

 


Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel headlines the 2013 NFL Draft class at his position and is widely considered the top prospect of all.

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Top dog in the nation

He has plenty of experience blocking for high-profile quarterbacks, such as 2012 first-round pick Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins) and the latest Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel.

Strengths

  • Extremely durable and experienced for a junior - 37 career starts
  • Ideal build for the position (6-foot-6, 310 pounds)
  • Impressive ability to recover if he is initially beaten off the line
  • Quick feet and laterally agile
  • Great knee bend for his size
  • Heady blocker - recognizes defensive schemes and responds accordingly
  • Technically sound
  • Efficient blocker at the second level and downfield
  • Good character and well-respected teammate

Weaknesses

  • Occasional sloppy hand work
  • Could be a little more aggressive at times
  • May have benefitted from defensive ends having to play containment against the Aggies' mobile passers
  • While experienced and ready for the NFL, perhaps one more year in college could have taken him to a new level

Expected draft placement

An elite player at a premium position garners a lot of attention in the NFL Draft, and Joeckel will be no different as a prospect. He has all of the makings of a decade-long All-Pro in the NFL.

Depending on what the Kansas City Chiefs do with Branden Albert as a free agent, Joeckel could go as high as No. 1 overall. It is highly unlikely that he falls past the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 4.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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