The Jaguars need help on their offensive line, and they hopefully took a step towards that with the seond overall pick in the draft, taking the Outland Trophy Winner with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel.
Shuts down pass-rushers for four quarters
Phenomenal at mirroring speed-rushers going for corner
Good pad level
Fast in his drop
Very advanced technique
Mobility to hit blocks on the perimeter
Gets to blocks on the second level
Can anchor against bull rushes
Could use more strength in power ground game
Can allow pressure to the inside
Joeckel spent the past three seasons Joeckel as one of the top left tackles in college football. He did a superb job of protecting the blind side of quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel. Joeckel has proven his legitimacy by shutting down the pass-rushers of elite opponents. He looks like a safe bet to be a franchise left tackle in the NFL.
Joeckel broke into the starting lineup at left tackle in 2010. The freshman quickly got accustomed to the Big XII and, after some early struggles, finished his debut season strong. He did a very good job of protecting the blind side of quarterback Ryan Tannehill as the junior signal-caller became a starting quarterback for the first time in his collegiate career.
2011 was an excellent season for Joeckel. He did a superb job in pass protection for Tannehill. Joeckel gave up some pressures, but, overall, he did very well for a sophomore and rarely allowed his quarterback to get hit. He especially stood out with a good performance against Texas defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat.
Joeckel continued to improve in 2012 and took his performance to another level. He only allowed one sack that this observer recalls; Florida’s Lerentee McCray beat him for a sack in the second half of the season opener. Otherwise, Joeckel was nearly flawless. He allowed some pressures to the inside, but graded out extremely high.
Joeckel showed how dominant he can be in back-to-back weeks when he shut down Auburn’s Corey Lemonier and LSU’s Sam Montgomery. They didn’t even get a sniff of Manziel as Joeckel owned them from start to finish. It was a complete performance from Joeckel as he shut down their pass rush and moved them out of their gap in the run game.