Naturally, no one talks about the top offensive linemen in every NFL draft, even though they’re the most important players on the field. No matter how great any quarterback, running back or receiver is, they cannot success without a solid offensive line. In the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is the best prospect by a mile and he’s ready to start on any pro team right now.
The Kansas City Chiefs have the first overall pick in this year’s draft and they desperately need a quarterback. However, there’s no player this year who fits the description of a franchise quarterback, so the Chiefs would be wise to just look at their best option, which is Joeckel.
Joeckel started every game at left tackle for the Aggies in 2010, which earned him honorable mention on the All-Big 12 team. The next year, he was named to the All-Big 12 second team, but that’s before things really took off.
In Texas A&M’s first SEC season (Joeckel’s junior campaign) this past year, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle took home All-America and All-SEC honors while anchoring the best offensive line in college football and the competition wasn’t even close.
The fact Joeckel still stood out while playing alongside Jake Matthews (son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews) is another reason why he’s a franchise tackle. Whoever the Chiefs bring in as their new quarterback will definitely be well-protected, which allows any passer to reach his full potential along with other things, of course. Kansas City would be foolish to pass on Joeckel because he’s the surest thing in this year’s draft.