With the first pick in the 2013 Orange Mane NFL Mock Draft the Kansas City Chiefs Select:
Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
6’6” 310 lb.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
ESPN’s Todd McShay has Joeckel as his No. 2 overall prospect:
Joeckel fared well against the likes of Alabama and LSU this season. His balance and ability to recover in pass protection stand out, and he takes good angles and is able to get to the second level in the run game.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Joeckel third:
Joeckel has the ability to take away good pass-rushers. There’s very little to not like. He has a ton of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. He can really drive people in the run game, even if he gets questions on how nasty he is as a finisher. The feeling now is he’s a safe bet to be the first OT taken.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com has Joeckel ranked as his top prospect:
Joeckel is the same type of player as Jake Long, who was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2008. A junior, Joeckel has great size and athletic ability, as well as really good hand placement.
Former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has Joeckel ranked as his top underclassman:
Strong candidate for the first overall pick. Three-year starter at left tackle in the Big 12 and never red-shirted. A true height-weight-speed prospect who plays with good athleticism and body control. Will play early while he develops better hip and core strength. Good teammate too.
NFL.com compares Joeckel to Denver’s Ryan Clady:
A technician with an athletic build, Joeckel excels as a pass protector for the Aggies and displays enough of a temper in the run game to be one of the top picks in this draft class, and a long-time NFL starter at left tackle, especially as he continues to add bulk in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Joeckel has the technique to play at the next level right now. Many young offensive and defensive linemen come into the league with adjustments needed to their footwork. The team that drafts Joeckel doesn't need to worry about making those normal fixes.
His best asset is the ability to control pass-rushers. Joeckel is a mountain of a man at 6'6'' and 310 pounds with long arms, helping him to neutralize top talent on the other side. Joeckel is also quite strong and can handle the bullrush, something that isn't easy for taller players with a higher center of gravity.
For his size, Joeckel has the incredible ability to get out in space. Joeckel isn't a great run blocker in a phone booth, but once Joeckel pulls and gets out to the second level, he's a force.
Pick was made at 11:00 PM Mountain Time. ColoradoBuff is now on the clock.