Prospect: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Weight: 310 lbs.
Grade: 8.3 (Grading Scale)
+Joeckel has uncanny athletic ability, he makes movements look effortless that most other OT’s looked labored doing
+Has the ability to mirror speed rushers off the edge and force them beyond the pocket and out of the play
+Stays Light on his feet and is able to slide quickly to stay out in front
+Doesn’t rely solely on ability to stay in front of defenders to block pass rusher, Utilizes both his athleticism, long frame, and technical ability to block effectively
+Does a great job getting out of his stance, and moves really well in the open field
+Works well out of the tandem block to get to the 2nd level and get his hands on the LB thanks to speed
-Can get caught by elite level DE’s, Sam Motgomery was able to give Joeckel some trouble because he can combine power with speed and it had Joeckel guessing
-Joeckel got flat footed and Montgomery who was able to generate some push into the pocket off his bull rush, Joeckel was able to re-anchor and stop the rush but it could expose a slight issue
+Went from blocking for Jerrod Johnson, to Ryan Tannehill, to finally Johnny Manziel in his career with the Aggies, all those QB’s had active feet and required Joeckel to be aware of the blocking call and assignments
+Played in a predominant spread based system utilizing a man blocking scheme
+While there wasn’t a ton of experience in either a zone or area scheme he does show the natural ability to operate in it
+Has a high level of awareness, does a good job seeing the blitz as it comes and is able to pick up stunting or twisting DL as they try and confuse the offensive line
+Plays with great leverage, does a good job staying low and standing the defender up out of his stance
+Has good drive blocking technique with his hand placement and footwork
+Really utilizes his long arms to extend out and control the defender
+Works with Jake Matthews along the goal line to run a jumbo package where Matthews aligns to his outside shoulder and both work to clear out an entire side of the defensive line
+Has a leg drive that allows him to generate great push off contact
+Walls off defenders to create lanes that the RB can find and explode through
+May be the best 2nd level blocker in the country
+Gets out in front of sweeps and screen passes to lead block on the outside, uses his size to engulf smaller DB’s on the perimeter
-When Joeckel lets his footwork get away from himself, he will reach and lose his technique
-He’ll bend at the waist and get himself over extended, this tends to occur the most when trying to get to a 2nd level block
+Joeckel is the definition of a premier pass defender, there is no question as to his elite status as a LT prospect
+Has nice long arms that he uses well in pass protection to extend and keep the defender off of him
+Strong hands allow him to maintain control of the block and prevent the defender from shedding and making a play
+Almost always balanced and in perfect position for his block, he’s very tough to rock out of his stance
+Slides well with the speed rushers, and anchors well v. power rushers, got lots of practice going one on one with #1 2014 DE Damontre Moore
+His ability to combine length, athleticism, and technique together make him among the toughest OT’s to beat, he has the ability to not only shut down initial moves but also the counter moves that many of the best pass rushers utilize
+Also because of Joeckel’s intelligence he’s very difficult to set up and get him to take false steps, he doesn’t often cheat or guess rather having confidence in his ability to beat you no matter what you do
-Don’t see the heavy handed punch as one would assume he has due to his strength
-Relies far more on his feet than his hands at this point his career, if he can add a neutralizing punch he could become an elite level blocker
+Prototype OT, you want every aspiring OT from youth football to the college ranks to watch his film and mimic his ability
+Combination of abilities (Size, Speed, Skill) is simply uncanny, you don’t often see a prospect who is this well put together
+Not really any true consistent flaw in his game, he has his hiccups like any other OT will but it’s very hard to find a consistent low light and point to it and say he needs to do this better.
-Will need to polish up some finer points and get away from the occasional flat footed tendency but otherwise he’s a Day 1 ready starter
Joeckel is the #1 OT in this class, despite some people preferring Lewan or even Matthews to him. He’s a guy you know that you can put into your LT spot and not have to even worry about it for the next 10-15 years. I truly believe he’s one of these once every 5-10 draft type prospects and we haven’t seen one sine Jake Long came out of Michigan.
Joeckel doesn’t struggle in any aspect of the game and is just as good a run blocker as he is a pass protector. His skill set combination is nearly unheard of from a junior and when you consider his level of intelligence it’s scary to think about how good he is now as this point in his young career.
I expect Joeckel to go in the Top 5 picks of the 2013 Draft should he declare and he could easily be in the running for the #1 pick.
Joeckel v. Florida
-Effective cut block technique
-Puts his man on the ground when run blocking
-Actually took on two defenders at once with a blitzer and a DE taking contain, at one time had an arm extended on each and neither got hear his QB
-Gets to 2nd level and engages Bostic
-Can’t stay in front of Evans on option run and potentially could of cost his team a TD with missed block
-Flawless technique snap after snap
Grading Out OT Luke Joeckel v. Florida
1-ESPN is slow to return to action and the play is already in progress. Grade: N/A
2-Joeckel performs a cut block on the DE that puts him on the ground. Grade: +2
3-QB draw call, Joeckel allows DE to get up field by design and then seals him off as the QB heads back up field. Grade: +2
4-Started early but gets away with it, allows him to stay in front of McCray easily. Grade: +2
OT Luke Joeckel v. Texas
-Lined up at left tackle or overload TE on right side.
-Perfect hand placement, controls Jeffcoat easily on run play.
-Looks comfortable early in pass-protection, slides his feet effortlessly against the quick Jeffcoat.
-Jeffcoat can’t get off blocks, Joeckel latches on and it is over. Finishing every block.