Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M offensive tackle and IMG Academy trainee, is projected to be a top pick in this year’s NFL draft. After Joeckel’s excellent combine performance, many NFL draft gurus project the talented offensive lineman to be drafted first overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
On March 8, Joeckel attended Texas A&M’s Pro Day where representatives from all 32 NFL teams awaited his performance. Scouts were impressed with his performance at the NFL Combine, and Joeckel only solidified his draft position with his pro day workout. Although Joeckel opted to stand on his forty time (5.3), the lineman impressed coaches and scouts and proved he was worthy of the first overall pick on and off the field. After his workout, he met with multiple NFL teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.
“I think he was impressive on the tape and just watching him out here and getting a chance to visit with him, I think not only is he a good football player, he's an impressive young man,” Oakland Raiders head coach, Dennis Allen said after the pro day. “I think that's the thing that when you look at him, that's the thing that says this guy is going to make it in the National Football League.”
It’s no surprise how impressive the 6’6, 307 pound offensive tackle has been. He was arguably the best lineman in the SEC in Texas A&M’s inaugural season in the conference. The talented tackle has been starting on the offensive line since his true freshman year, started all 39 games, and helped lead his team to an 11-2 record in his final year by protecting his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Johnny Manziel. That’s not all - Joeckel was also named a 2012 All-American, and won the Outland Trophy, awarded to the best U.S. college football interior lineman. Come April 25th, it will be hard for any NFL team to pass up on Luke Joeckel.