04/25/2013 - The Kansas City Chiefs have informed Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel that he will not be their selection with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday night, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Although there is no confirmation that Eric Fisher will be the pick, the Central Michigan left tackle is considered the favorite to be drafted at that top spot and be the newest member of the Chiefs. Kansas City has reportedly been attempting to shop the No. 1 overall pick, but if they stay put, Fisher is expected to be their guy.
"We are taking calls," Chiefs coach Andy Reid told the NFL Network earlier Thursday. "We do have the player we like in mind, and we're ready to roll with him and welcome him into ... Kansas City and help us become a better football team. But you do keep your ears open, and you listen to all the different options that are presented to you. But we feel pretty strong about the guy we have in mind." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 1. *Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Having earned all-conference recognition all three years of his career, including first-team all-SEC honors and winning the Outland Trophy in 2012, the baby-faced Joeckel is already a proven star who is just going to get better as he grows into his frame. He isn't an elite athlete and needs to gain strength to hold up against the bull rush, but he's remarkably smooth in pass protection, demonstrating the same caliber of efficient footwork, balance and technique that made Matt Kalil an instant star for the Minnesota Vikings a year ago. Having proven himself against elite competition throughout his career, he's the safest prospect in the draft -- and he's only going to get better. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/14/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Texas A&M's pro day Friday, where 16 players worked out. Two head coaches - Rex Ryan of the New York Jets and Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders - were present, as well five defensive line coaches and two linebacker coaches.
Luke Joeckel, OT (6-foot-6 1/4, 307 pounds) - Joeckel - who I have going No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs in my latest mock draft - stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Tony Sparano, who is now the offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders, worked out Joeckel, who went through drills for around an hour. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/11/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the top-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and a possible target for the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick, and wide receiver Ryan Swope decided to rest on their combine results, only participating in the positional drills Friday.
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano put Joeckel through a battery of blocking tests, while Swope caught passes from former Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Both performed well and kept their positive draft momentum pointing north. Joeckel has a formal workout with the Chiefs scheduled for March 22 in Kansas City and also spent time with the Oakland Raiders' staff Thursday night and Friday. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/11/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Joeckel met with nine teams at the NFL combine and will meet with the Raiders on campus in the coming days and receive a visit from the Chiefs, who pick first, on March 22. He only performed position drills on Friday after doing all the testing drills at the combine last month. It was still enough to catch the eye of former A&M linebacker Allen, whose Raiders pick third.
''I think he was impressive on the tape and just watching him out here and getting a chance to visit with him, I think not only is he a good football player, he's an impressive young man,'' Allen said. ''I think that's the thing that when you look at him, that's the thing that says this guy is going to make it in the National Football League.'' - AP Sports
03/11/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel never had to look for motivation to excel at sports. He had competition, right from the crib, in his twin brother Matt, and it has helped him become perhaps the top prospect in next month's NFL draft. Representatives from every NFL team were on campus Friday to watch the group of prospects led by Joeckel. Most teams sent scouts or assistant coaches, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen made the trek to College Station.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Joeckel declared for the draft after a standout season where he anchored a line that protected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Joeckel started all 39 games of his A&M career and won the Outland Trophy this season. He said he benefited this season from A&M's move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. ''Going against the best competition is going to get me ready for the next step,'' Joeckel said. ''This year I went against probably five guys that could be going in the first round ... and I think that definitely improved my game.''
Joeckel credits much of his success to the lifelong rivalry with his brother, who is a quarterback at A&M. "That's been the biggest thing for sure, competing with my twin brother every day growing up, and probably fighting multiple times a day every day has helped me get to where I'm at now,'' Joeckel said. ''We still fight all the time, and I think that makes me a better ball player every day.'' - AP Sports
02/21/2013 - Even with the spotlight fixed on College Station last season during Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy run, left tackle Luke Joeckel was content standing in the shadows and doing his job -- namely, keeping defenders away from "Johnny Football." Anonymity is no longer an option for the 6-foot-6, 306-pound offensive lineman. When he touched down at the 2013 NFL combine, Joeckel was widely considered one of the top-ranked players in the class. He's No. 1 in NFLDraftScout.com's latest rankings.
"The way I'm just looking at it, I want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going through this entire process and playing this season and all that kind of stuff," the baby-faced Joeckel said. "But my dream is to just play in the NFL. I know, being the No. 1 pick, after that, it doesn't really matter. You've got to go prove yourself in the NFL. "It's just like that in college. Being the No. 1 recruit in college doesn't matter unless you step on that campus. It's the same thing. It's cool and everything, but going to any team I go through, proving myself there will be the biggest thing."
The last time an offensive lineman was selected first overall was 2008, when Michigan's Jake Long went to the Miami Dolphins. In a draft that lacks skill position star power and no sure thing at quarterback, Joeckel leads a highly respected cadre of o-line talent garnering extra attention. Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher and Alabama guard Chance Warmack also could be top 10 draft choices. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
01/19/2013 - The National Football League announced today the names of 73 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in New York. Each of the 73 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15. The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the fourth consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 25. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 26. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 27. - NFL Media
01/08/2013 - Texas A&M junior left tackle Luke Joeckel will forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports. Joeckel is the No. 1 offensive tackle and overall prospect in NFLDraftScout.com's rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft. He is projected as a top-five overall pick and should be in the mix for the Kansas City Chiefs' selection with the No. 1 overall choice, like in Rob Rang's first-round mock draft.
While Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel receives much of the credit, the Texas A&M offensive line, led by Joeckel at left tackle, was a large part of the Aggies' success in 2012. He started every game on the left side since his true freshman season three years ago and shut down several of the SEC's top pass rushers this past season. Listed at 6 feet 6 and 310 pounds, Joeckel is the complete package, showing the feet to mirror speed off the edge, the anchor to hold his ground against bull rushers and the power to create room in the run game.
Although he doesn't have quite the same natural tools as Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, who was drafted fourth overall last season, Joeckel is considered the more polished lineman out of the college ranks. In a draft class that lacks many "elite" prospects, Joeckel might be the closest example for the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/06/2013 - The man many analysts project to be the first offensive lineman selected in April's NFL Draft is still unsure if he wants to jump to the NFL rather than return to Texas A&M for his senior season.
Luke Joeckel, the Aggies' 6-6, 310-pound All-American left tackle, told CBSSports.com Sunday afternoon that it is very tempting to return to College Station -- where the Aggies, coming off an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl destruction of Oklahoma -- are primed to make a run at a BCS title.
"I love my teammates and we have such a great team coming back," Joeckel said. "It'd just be so hard to leave College Station and leave my friends. We have a lot back, too. We do lose Damontre (Moore) and we have senior linebackers, but we think we have some guys that will step up. "It's just a rough decision both ways. There are so many pros and cons. It's going to take a lot of time and a lot of prayer."
Some NFL draft analyst have predicted Joeckel could go in the top three picks if he decides to leave early. The Aggies' other starting tackle, Jake Matthews, also a junior, is projected as a first-round pick as well. Matthews' father is former NFL great Bruce Matthews, who Joeckel says has been a great sounding board for his family. "My dad has called and talked to him a few times," said Joeckel. "[Bruce Matthews] has helped a ton. He's a little bit different (than the typical NFL O-lineman). Not many guys, especially linemen, can play in the NFL for 19 years. He had just one of those indestructible bodies. It's crazy." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/04/2013 - Scouting the Texas A&M running game: Texas A&M ranks 13th in the country in rushing offense, in no small part thanks to Johnny Manziel's 98.42 yards per game on the ground. That was enough to lead the Southeastern Conference. Ben Malena and Christine Michael also contribute here, with Malena boasting a 142-yard game against Ole Miss, while Michael has scored two rushing touchdowns in three of his last four games. - The Sports Xchange
01/02/2013 - Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, a junior, already has made himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft. The team's All-American offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews - both juniors - have said they will ponder their NFL options after the Cotton Bowl on Friday. Both project as first-round picks, with Joeckel considered a possible first overall pick. Gil Brandt, analyst for NFL.com and former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, said he would urge players to consider more than draft status before departing college.
"My opinion is no kid should leave early," Brandt said. "They don't have any idea between what they think is strong and what is NFL strong. They can all benefit from added maturity. I would never change my feeling about that for underclassmen players, linemen especially. It's a different thing with running backs or receivers." But Brandt acknowledged that, in a down year for draft-eligible players at the skill positions, elite offensive linemen will be valued at a premium by NFL teams in April. - Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
12/30/2012 - Junior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel stressed repeatedly Sunday that he hasn't made a decision regarding his status for the NFL Draft in April. "I've weighed all the options, but I have not made a decision yet," he said. "I'm just focusing on playing football." The Outland Trophy winner is projected to be a surefire top-10 pick and FoxSports.com projected Joeckel to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He said his father is taking care of doing the research for him and that he's taken advice from his head coach, Kevin Sumlin, and offensive line coach, B.J. Anderson.
Joeckel said that there are plenty of factors pulling him towards staying for his senior season. "I love the school, I love A&M, it was the best decision of my life just coming here," he said. "It's going to be hard to leave all the people, no matter what happens, it's going to be hard."
Joeckel laughed and said that Sumlin was "recruiting [him] a little bit." As for the advice his coach is actually giving him, Joeckel said that education is important. He only has 27 hours until he's finished and could be done by next December. "He's talked to me about graduating," he said. "Education is big with me and my family and it'd be hard to leave and hard not to graduate ... He also talked about having a great next season with Johnny coming back." - David Harris, Aggie Sports
12/18/2012 - Texas A&M shocked college football pundits everywhere with their sudden surge into the top 10 this season. And while some (like Cincinnati's Tommy Tuberville) are already doubting the Aggies' chances of repeating their success next year, CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman seems to think A&M could be even better... if they get OTs Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews back.
Here's what Feldman recently wrote when asked by a reader if the Aggies could be a national title contender in the next five years: "No doubt. Maybe even in 2013. If the Aggies return both of their standout junior offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, for their senior seasons, I think A&M opens up in the top four next season." Feldman also wrote that he'd heard both were leaning toward returning because Matthews' father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, had told the two that "college is the best time of his life." - The Dallas Morning News
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: OL Luke Joeckel, Jr., Texas A&M...Joeckel, a junior from Arlington, Texas, 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 has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort. The Aggies lead the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in total offense with a 552.3 per game average and rank No. 4 in scoring with 44.8 points per game while averaging nearly 80 plays per game. - Texas A&M football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: OT - Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M... Joeckel 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 has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort. The Aggies lead the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in total offense with a 552.3 per game average and rank No. 4 in scoring with 44.8 points per game while averaging nearly 80 plays per game. - Texas A&M football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6 310 Jr., Arlington, TX...Joeckel, a junior from Arlington, Texas, 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 has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort. - Texas A&M football
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: OL - x-Luke Joeckel (Unanimous), Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, junior...Joeckel was the fourth SEC player to win the Outland Trophy in the last six years, starting with LSU's Glenn Dorsey in 2007, Alabama's Andre Smith in 2008 and then Jones a year ago. Joeckel was a mainstay of the powerful Texas A&M offensive line that made quite an impact in the school's first season in the Southeastern Conference, including the Aggies' upset of then top-ranked and unbeaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Nationally, the 10-2 and AT&T Cotton Bowl-bound Aggies are third in total offense and scoring offense, 13th in rushing offense, and 14th in passing offense. - Texas A&M football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Joeckel, a junior from Arlington, Texas, 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 has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort.
The Aggies lead the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in total offense with a 552.3 per game average and rank No. 4 in scoring with 44.8 points per game while averaging nearly 80 plays per game. - Texas A&M football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Joeckel has been the cornerstone of the one of the best offensive fronts in college football that helped the Aggies generate 400-plus yards in a school-record 11 straight games, including six 600-yard effort. The Aggies lead the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Nationally, the Aggies ranked No. 3 in total offense with a 552.3 per game average and rank No. 4 in scoring with 44.8 points per game while averaging nearly 80 plays per game. - Texas A&M football
12/07/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M ... Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who has served as a protector and blocker for Heisman Trophy finalist Johnny Manziel, was named the 67th winner of the Outland Trophy on Thursday night. The 6-6, 310-pound junior from Arlington, Texas, was revealed as the 2012 Outland winner on ESPN during "The Home Depot College Football Awards" from the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Walt Disney World Resort. The FWAA selects the Outland Trophy winner from interior linemen on its All-America team, which will be announced next Friday, Dec. 14. Joeckel beat out Alabama center Barrett Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy winner as an offensive tackle, and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, for the third-oldest award in major college football.
Despite its rich football history, Texas A&M has never had an Outland Trophy winner - or even a finalist - until Joeckel. Jones was seeking to become only the second player in the award's history to win it twice after Nebraska center Dave Rimington won the award in both 1981 and '82. "It's crazy to think about it," Joeckel said of being named the top interior lineman in college football. "It is a dream come true. I am honored by it. I don't think I am one of the best players I see on film. I am one of my harshest critics, I guess." - Texas A&M football
11/21/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING INTERIOR LINEMAN): Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)...Joeckel, from Arlington, Texas, has helped clear the way for one of the most prolific offensive attacks in college football. The Aggies lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense, and are one of just three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 nationally in the four major offensive statistical categories. - Texas A&M football
11/14/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: Keep an eye on: T Luke Joeckel, 6-6, 310 pounds, Texas A&M: Why you should watch him? QB Johnny Manziel gets all of the attention in the Aggies' high-powered offense, but having Joeckel to protect him and make space for his improvisation is a key to the Aggies' strong season. Joeckel's stock is soaring after helping the Aggies pull off a 29-23 upset over Alabama on Saturday. He has plenty of size and strength, but he also moves incredibly well for a 310-pound tackle. Player ranking: Joeckel is ranked as the top overall player in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Joeckel and the Aggies should have a relatively easy week with an FCS opponent, Sam Houston State, coming to town. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: Joeckel, Matthews Deserve Credit for Aggies' Win...Manziel found Swope for another huge gain early in the fourth quarter after Alabama had closed the lead to 23-17. Desperate to create some some pressure on Manziel, the Tide resorted to a relatively rare blitz. Joeckel initially stoned 6-6, 248 pound sophomore linebacker Adrian Hubbard, who had lined up as a 4-3 defensive end. After knocking him to the right, Joeckel switched off to stop a looping Alabama defensive tackle as Manziel threw a strike to his senior wideout. Swope caught the 28-yard pass and absorbed a huge hit from Alabama defensive back Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix which drew a flag, giving the Aggies a first down at the Tide's 25-yard line. Joeckel again showed the ability to quickly erase one defender before switching off to another on Manziel's beautifully thrown 24-yard touchdown pass to Malcolme Kennedy with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterbacks have been taken with the No. 1 overall pick every year since 2008. That year, the Miami Dolphins made former Michigan standout Jake Long the first selection. Considering how the quarterbacks have left a lot to be desired this season, it wouldn't be surprising to see teams recognize the relative safety that an elite tackle like Joeckel provides and consider him very early -- perhaps even at No. 1 overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: Joeckel, Matthews Deserve Credit for Aggies' Win...With all due respect to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, his offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and their star quarterback Johnny Manziel, the biggest reasons (literally and figuratively) for the Aggies' stunning win over Alabama Saturday are named Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. The juniors rank as the nation's elite bookend tackles and frankly, their ability to control the point of attack made the Aggies a somewhat predictable upset candidate. Their ability to pin Alabama inside and allow Manziel to out-flank the normally sound Tide defense helped stake the Aggies to a 20-0 lead in the first half. Powerful, athletic and poised, each demonstrated the skill-set that will result in a top 20 selection in the 2013 NFL draft should they elect to come out early. Joeckel, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect regardless of position, was particularly impressive in this contest especially in critical situations. Time after time, Texas A&M ran behind him in short yardage situations, including on their first touchdown of the game. His stellar pass protection gave Manziel extra time on the magical score shown below. With Joeckel demonstrating the foot speed, long arms and balance to handle an outside speed rush, Manziel was given the time to dance in the pocket, nearly fumbling along the way, to roll left and find Ryan Swope for the Aggies' second score. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/12/2012 - Behind every heroic quarterback is a guy he knows will always have his back. For Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, former Arlington High standout Luke Joeckel is the man. There's a reason the junior left tackle might be the first player taken were the 2013 NFL draft held today and were he to declare for it. (After the Cowboys beat the Eagles on Sunday, at least three Philly fans tweeted that Joeckel would be their top choice.) Go back to the first quarter Saturday and watch again as Manziel takes the snap on third-and-goal from the 10 yard line against the vaunted Alabama defense. Watch as the right side of the pocket collapses and Manziel runs into a teammate and then bobbles the football. Holding the Aggies to a field goal and only a 10-0 lead here would energize the Crimson Tide and its nearly 102,000 screaming fans. History might be rewritten. But Manziel regains his grip on the ball, spins free of the pressure and finds a clearing to his left, courtesy of the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Joeckel, who has just whipped linebacker Adrian Hubbard, last week's Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week. Into that space Manziel races, flicking as he goes a wobbly spiral into the back of the end zone, where the Aggies' career leader in receptions stands waiting. Two possessions, two touchdowns and the Tide wondering whether it can ever stop the Aggies. Joeckel, two days before the game, telling SI.com writer Ben Glicksman that his unit wanted to be labeled "as one of the best offensive lines in the country" and afterward to ESPN.com: "I think we showed the nation that we've got a really good team." - Fort Worth Star Telegram
11/10/2012 - Week 11 Prospects To Watch: The 6-6, 310-pound Joeckel demonstrated the athleticism and strength scouts were hoping to see from him when he largely controlled LSU's Sam Montgomery October 20 (each pictured above). With stout five-technique defensive ends Ed Stinson and Damion Square lining up opposite him Saturday, Joeckel will get a test in his toughness and aggression especially when run-blocking. Joeckel entered the season already highly regarded by scouts but has played with greater consistency against better competition than Michigan junior Taylor Lewan as well as top-rated seniors Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) and Oday Aboushi (Virginia). The steady ascension has led some scouts to compare Joeckel's emergence as to the ones experienced by Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith over the past two years as the clear-cut top offensive tackles of their draft classes. Being rated the elite offensive tackle, of course, hardly means Joeckel should necessarily earn the No. 1 overall selection. That hasn't occurred since Jake Long was selected with the first pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2008. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/10/2012 - Week 11 Prospects To Watch: In a season in which both senior and underclassmen quarterbacks have struggled with consistency, and the motors of athletic defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Johnathan Hankins have been questioned, Joeckel's light feet, balance and long arms stand out. So too, has his consistency. Frightening enough, with the Alabama faithful loud and proud, Joeckel will be facing a much stiffer test than just the Alabama athletes and scheme. Most college football fans will be watching to see if A&M's No. 5-rated offense will be able to penetrate Alabama top-rated defense. The Aggies average 44.67 points a game. The Tide leads the country in scoring defense, allowing just over nine points a game. For Manziel to have an opportunity to make big plays, Joeckel will have to prove that he's a true blue chip talent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/10/2012 - Week 11 Prospects To Watch: On an important Saturday of conference college football, clearly the most intriguing tilt of the week will take place on CBS with Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies heading to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 1 Alabama. Manziel has been terrific this season and justifiably so he's been given a great deal of credit for the No. 15-rated Aggies' success. He's far from the only reason why head coach Kevin Sumlin's crew could give Alabama fits Saturday, however. To put it simply, Texas A&M is a very good team with future NFL prospects at playing as part of virtually every unit on the roster. Junior defensive end Damontre Moore currently leads the country with 19 tackles for loss and is in a three-way tie atop the sack rankings with 11.5 on the year. He'd be the best player on virtually every team in the country. And yet the extremely talented Aggies, some would argue that junior right tackle Jake Matthews is actually their most reliable performer. Neither would be correct, though, if A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel proves to be what NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler and I think he is -- the best prospect in the 2013 draft, regardless of position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/23/2012 - Week 8 Rewind: Though out-weighing LSU's fearsome pass rushers Sam Montgomery (6-5, 260) and Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 240) by an average of 57.5 pounds, A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel (6-6, 310) and Jake Matthews (6-5, 305) proved to be every bit as athletically gifted in shutting them down and providing the Aggies' redshirt quarterack Johnny Manziel with the clean pocket from which to attack. Protecting Manziel's blindside, Joeckel (pronounced JOKE-ell) played as critical a role in the Aggies' gameplan as anyone. Lining up against Montgomery, the Tigers' leading pass rusher this season, Joeckel routinely met the athletic defender on the edge and simply stopped him in his tracks, showing the lateral agility to remain square, as well as the upper body strength to lock up and dominate his opponent. Joeckel was just as impressive on the few occasions when LSU elected to blitz, showing the ability to get an initial powerful punch on his primary assignment before switching off to shove the blitzing linebacker or safety. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: The rude introduction into the SEC for conference newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M was the dominant story in Week Two of the college football season. Like a recurring nightmare, Texas A&M continued their biggest ill of last season -- dropping games in which they once held a double-digit lead, losing at home in their SEC opener to the Florida Gators. Lost in the shadow of the collapse was the fact that Texas A&M clearly answered the bell from a physical standpoint -- something that had been often questioned about the Aggies "jump in competition" to the SEC level. New head coach Kevin Sumlin's team got stellar play from the nation's top bookend offensive tackles, juniors Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, who established a physical tone early. Against a defense that is expected to be one of the SEC's elite units, the Aggies rushed for 134 yards and scored two touchdowns. The offensive line did a fine job protecting for redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who completed 23 of 30 passes in his first game replacing Ryan Tannehill as the Aggies' starting quarterback. Because he's the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, the Aggies' 6-5, 305-pound right tackle generates more buzz in the media than the 6-6, 310-pound Joeckel, his more athletic counterpart on the left side. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: Joeckel's light feet and overall athleticism made him a difficult draw for any of the Gator pass rushers defensive coordinator Dan Quinn sent his way. Joeckel slides easily to his left and right and demonstrated on more than one occasion the burst to recover even when beaten initially. On the rare occasions when Joeckel was beaten it usually came when he ducked his head on contact. This correctable flaw in technique occurred, for example, when the Gators' 6-2, 249 pound "Buck" defensive end Lerentee McCray beat Joeckel on an inside counter and swim move to flush Manziel. Though beaten on occasion, Joeckel held up well in his first SEC game and offers the combination of size and smooth athleticism that is very reminiscent of the mix Matt Kalil offered a year ago. Kalil, of course, wound up being the No. 4 pick of the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 7. - The Sports XchangeLuke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: The baby-faced Joeckel might look young but in earning all-conference accolades at left tackle after each of his first two seasons in the Big 12, he has shown the patience and technique of an NFL veteran. The test could be tougher this season against SEC competition but if Joeckel is up to the challenge he could join his former quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a top-10 pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, ... Joeckel and Jake Matthews paved the way for an offense that shattered school records for total, passing and scoring offense and was one of the few that ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four main offensive categories (rushing, passing, total and scoring). - Texas A&M football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL Luke Joeckel (87), Texas A&M, Jr. ... Joeckel and Jake Matthews paved the way for an offense that shattered school records for total, passing and scoring offense and was one of the few that ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four main offensive categories (rushing, passing, total and scoring). - Texas A&M football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Joeckel and Matthews paved the way for an offense that shattered school records for total, passing and scoring offense and was one of the few that ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four main offensive categories (rushing, passing, total and scoring). - Texas A&M football
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Joeckel and Jake Matthews paved the way for an offense that shattered school records for total, passing and scoring offense and was one of the few that ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four main offensive categories (rushing, passing, total and scoring). - Texas A&M football
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