I took Joeckel No.1 overall because the Chiefs need an anchor on that offensive line. In my opinion, Joeckel is the most complete tackle in the Draft, so this pick was rather easy. While it’s true that the Chiefs have holes elsewhere on the team, none is more glaring than the offensive line.
Joeckel is a guy that the Chiefs can plug into their system and not have to worry about for the next 10-15 years. Joeckel’s skill set, in my opinion, is one that not many can rival. He has great size and speed, which he uses well in both pass protection and in run blocking.
I specifically like that there’s meanness to him in the running game. He stays low in his stance and blows through defenders by utilizing his hand placement, footwork and strength. In pass protection, there are few who performed on his level, and that is why he’s regarded as an elite pass blocker.
Some scouts have raved about Joeckel, saying that it’s not very often you find a tackle that’s this well put together. There are things that he will need to learn at the next level, but that goes for every player who’s ever made the transition from the college game to the pros.
The Chiefs made an investment on Alex Smith when they traded for him and now it’s up to Andy Reid and that coaching staff to surround him with an offensive line similar to the one he had with the San Francisco 49ers if they want him to be successful.
The first step should be taking Joeckel No.1 overall on April 25.