Luke Joeckel Primed to Make History as Texas A&M’s First No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft
Joeckel scheduled a workout for Mar. 22 with the Kansas City Chiefs today and assuming all goes according to plan he will be the replacement to Eric Winston at right tackle after the club released him earlier this week.
After the club gave the franchise tag to Branden Albert, there was some speculation that tackle would no longer be a need for Andy Reid’s team. Some thought perhaps they would look at other positions or even consider trading down in the draft.
However, after releasing Winston there is little doubt that the team is enamored with Joeckel. They wouldn’t have cut Winston if they didn’t plan on taking him with the first overall selection.
Furthermore, if the club is unable to come to an agreement on a long-term extension with Albert, then they can slide Joeckel over from the right side to his natural position at left tackle where he has started since his freshman year at College Station.
Joeckel was an integral part of why Johnny Manziel has such a successful season as a redshirt freshman that culminated with a Heisman trophy and a record-breaking performance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Blessed with prototypical size at 6-7 and 300-pounds and quick and nimble feet, Joeckel should be a fixture at right or left tackle for the next decade provided he stays healthy.
Playing in the AFC West, he will get the opportunity to go against his former Aggie teammate, Von Miller twice a year when the Chiefs play the Denver Broncos.
Miller is the highest an Aggie has even been drafted when he was the No. 2 selection in 2011, but Joeckel is all but assured of holding that distinction when the Roger Goodell announces he’s the top pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.