Prospect: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&MLuke Joeckel

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 306 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Not a blazer in the open field, but an efficient mover with plus acceleration
  • Incredibly light and frequent feet that don’t get lazy
  • Explosive first step to fire off the ball going either forward or backward
  • Redirects with ease while working laterally to mirror defenders or pick up blitzes
  • Flexible and coordinated body type with controlled movements
  • Relatively lean frame with room to add some bulk and above average length

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Very responsibility-aware blocker with role versatility
  • High football IQ, maintains gap responsibility by closing off his inside gap and working to the outside consistently
  • Experienced left tackle with 3 seasons as a starter under his belt, including multiple offensive schemes
  • High motor blocker who maximizes effect of his blocks until the whistle

Pass Blocking:

  • Always keeps his feet moving as a pass rusher and can mirror or quickly react to rushers as a result
  • Impressive range against corner speed rushes with a quick kickslide and ability to wedge rushers off their arc without overextending
  • Consistently fires his hands into contact, rarely allows the hands of rushers into his frame and gets in big trouble if he does
  • Gives ground on initial contact against power rush, doesn’t have a natural ability to anchor
  • Quickly fires his feet to reset and absorb bullrushes after initial contact, gets his hands into the chest of rushers to get them stood up
  • Can be continuously moved backwards on his heels against resilient power rushers, lack of strength to counter from his lower half
  • Picks up stunts and blitzes with decisiveness by always keeping his eyes up, trusting his teammates to their responsibilities, and redirecting to targets with quick feet

Run Blocking:

  • Sets up every block with a well-placed first step and can control gaps and open holes as a result
  • Impressive ability to get lateral with a first step and seal the corner off from contain defenders
  • Keeps defenders engaged and will take them where they want to go as a zone blocker with lateral agility to mirror
  • Inconsistent ability to drive legs and generate movement up front as a power run blocker
  • Flashes ability to drop his pads and move defenders off the ball in short yardage situations
  • Infrequent ability to dominate defenders and finish all the way through, more of a wall-off and sustain run blocker
  • Rangy to make blocks well downfield or to the boundary
  • Very measured space blocker with ability to break down and fire hands and hips into contact, maximizes contact and sustains well

Technique:

  • Effective cut blocker who disguises intentions before shooting into the legs of defenders with suddenness
  • Plays with knee bend and fluid hips to keep his pads low with sufficient consistency
  • Lightning quick kickslide with consistent technique and footwork
  • Consistent ability to place his hands properly and negate the hands of opponents with length

Overall:

Luke Joeckel entered his junior season as one of the most hyped draft-eligible prospects and lived up to his billing.  Joeckel dominates the corner with extremely quick feet and advanced technical ability.  The consistency of his technique play in and play out is unmatched among offensive tackle prospects.  He’s also well-versed in scheme and it shows with his ability to set up blocks bait defenders to go where he wants them to go.  Joeckel’s performance as a junior can’t come without questions asked though.  He played in a spread scheme with the most dynamic scrambling quarterback that college football has seen in some time.  Defenses were often taught to rush with discipline, keeping Johnny Manziel in the pocket instead of trying to speed rush around the corner.  In fact, Joeckel’s least effective performance came against Florida, the Aggies’ first game of the season, before defenses started game-planning for Manziel.  That isn’t to say Luke Joeckel is a product of Kliff Kingsbury and Kevin Sumlin’s offense though, the truth is far from.  Joeckel was an impressive left tackle as a freshman and sophomore under Mike Sherman.  One must pick nits to find big problems with Joeckel.  His anchor ability leaves a bit to be desired and got him into some bad situations occasionally.  He’s also not an overly powerful run blocker, but the demand for a left tackle who can do that is at an all-time low in the league.  Luke Joeckel is a ready-made blind side pass blocker who is a lock to be drafted in the top five picks in April.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Luke Joeckel Scouting Report

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