Texas A&M Aggies: Luke Joeckel Not the Only Key Cog Heading to 2013 NFL Draft
Left tackle Luke Joeckel is considered by many to be the top prospect in the 2013 NFL draft and perhaps the most popular candidate to fill the Kansas City Chiefs‘ first overall selection among mock drafts. There’s plenty good reason for this given the stellar job he’s done in protecting the blindside of Ryan Tannehill and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. With long arms and incredible agility for a man his size, he has the makings of a tackle who can be trusted to protect franchise quarterbacks at the pro level.
However, Joeckel is not the only prospect coming out of Texas A&M in this class that deserves attention.
Demontre Moore provided the Aggies another terrifying pass rusher off the edge after Von Miller went to the pros. Moore isn’t expected to meet Miller’s perennial NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate expectations — Miller set that bar absurdly high I’d say — but Moore like Miller can give offensive lines fits out as a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE.
It’s also quite possible that Moore, who recorded 18 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 2012, could join Joeckel in the first round. Fellow A&M edge rusher Sean Porter will likely follow a couple rounds behind, though he would play more of a straight linebacker role.
The Aggies will part with some other prospects that have a shot at the draft or finding an NFL roster later. Running back Christine Michael possesses all the talent in the world but ESPN’s Todd McShay has called him the draft’s biggest risk. Wide receiver Ryan Swope and punter Ryan Epperson also hope to land on an NFL squad this offseason.
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