Joeckel (pronounced JOKE-ell) was a highly regarded prep prospect who signed with the Aggies over the likes of Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and many others. The Arlington, Texas native as a consensus All-American as a high school senior.
He won the starting left tackle position as a true freshman and has started ever since, earning a spot on the Big 12's All-Freshman team in 2010 and First Team honors by the Associated Press in 2011 (coaches voted him to the second team).
He continued his rapid development as a junior, becoming the fourth SEC player in the past six years to win the Outland Trophy. He also earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given annually to the top blocker in the SEC, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the South Conference.
Joeckel's ironclad blocking on the blind side was instrumental in quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
Smooth out of his stance in pass protection. Eases back and catches the defender easily, showing excellent lateral agility and balance to handle speed and counter-moves, as well as the core strength to absorb the bull rush.
Plays with excellent fundamentals. Keeps his knees bent, butt down and both his head and hands up. Alert. Recognizes stunts and zone-blitzes efficiently and without panic.
Demonstrates rare poise when initially beaten, showing a late burst and quick, strong hands to recover rather than simply become a turn-stile. Quick off the snap when run-blocking, demonstrating not only the burst to gain the advantage over defensive linemen in short-yardage situations but the mobility to get to and block effectively at the second level.
Keeps his hands inside the defenders' chest plate and keeps his feet moving on contact, generating legal blocks with great effectiveness. Quick, effective cut-blocker.
Durable. Started all 37 games of his collegiate career, each at left tackle.
WEAKNESSES: Played with greater physicality in 2012, though he could still show a little more nastiness, allowing defenders to ease from his grasp after he has made the initial block rather than finishing the block to completely eliminate his opponent.
Will occasionally allow his hands to slip to the side or lower back of the defender when blocking on the move, though he shows good recognition to ease up when doing so to not draw the flag.
Nitpicking, but it deserves mention that Joeckel was protected a bit by blocking for two mobile quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill, Johnny Manziel) over the past two years and therefore pass rushers may have had some containment responsibilities and not rushed upfield quite as feverishly as they would against a more stationary target.
COMPARES TO: Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns -- Like the Browns' star left tackle, Joeckel boasts a combination of size, strength and athleticism that will one day result in All-Pro status.