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Road to the Draft: Luke Joeckel

By Mark Gaughan

Luke Joeckel

Position: Offensive tackle.
School: Texas A&M.
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 306 pounds
225-pound bench press: 27 repetitions. 3-cone drill: 7.4 seconds.
Career stats: 39 games, 39 starts.
Draft projection: Top five overall.

Lowdown: Joeckel has the prototype size and frame to be a 10-year NFL starter at left tackle. He’s a candidate to be picked No. 1 overall by Kansas City or No. 2 by Jacksonville, although it's a close call between Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher as the top tackle in the draft. Both are just as highly regarded as last year’s top-ranked tackle, Matt Kalil, who went to Minnesota fourth overall. They’re not in the Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden category. Joeckel – pronounced JOKE-el - started for the Aggies since the first game of his true freshman season and is leaving college a year early. He won the Outland Trophy as the top lineman in college football. Joeckel had strong games against both Louisiana State and Alabama this season. Joeckel was part of the best tackle combination in the country. Aggies right tackle Jake Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. He opted to return to school for his senior year and ranks as a top-10 candidate in the 2014 NFL Draft.

He said it: "I love offensive line," Joeckel said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Growing up I always thought I was too athletic for the position. … I always ended up on offensive line just because I was the biggest guy on the team. The offensive line is what I was born to play. I loved the physical aspect of it. You finish every play with a one-on-one block. There are not many other positions on the field like that. I love that part of it. I’m a background guy, and that’s why belong on the offensive line."

On looking up to Browns tackle Joe Thomas: "In high school and all that, I watched Joe Thomas. He’s definitely the guy I loved to watch. I love the way he plays. I don’t know about his weight room numbers and stuff like that, but he’s just one of those guys that looks like he’s got that brute strength, lumberjack strength, and I kind of pride myself on that too. A guy who doesn’t get pushed around too much, and great pass block. Plays hard, plays to the whistle. That’s the guy I watched in high school."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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