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Grade
95.3 ?
  • 5.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 306LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Early in their careers, A&M right tackle Jake Matthews got more publicity as the son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (and would have been highly valued by NFL scouts had he decided to leave school early). However, Joeckel is the one who received second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches after a strong 2011 season.



He was a consensus high school All-American who sifted through many scholarship offers before deciding attend A&M with Matthews to play for then-head coach Mike Sherman. He started every game at left tackle as a true freshman (something he might not have done at one of those other schools) in 2010, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors while first-round quarterback Ryan Tannehill (selected by Miami, where Sherman is now the offensive coordinator, with the eighth overall pick in 2012) led the team to a bowl appearance.



New Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin took over for former head coach Mike Sherman, and the Aggies (led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel) took the SEC by storm. Joeckel had a standout year, as he and Matthews anchored the best offensive line in the country. He earned 1st team All-American and All-SEC honors, and is regarded as the best offensive tackle in the class (and maybe the best prospect overall).

Analysis

Strengths

Technically-sound left tackle prospect. Plays with good bend and a very wide base in pass protection in spite of his long legs. Moves feet quickly and stays in balance, rarely giving up the edge and pulling off the down block/outside blitz pick-up admirably. Good timing and strength on his punch, possesses good hand placement and will reset them to maintain distance. Recovers quickly if his misses his punch, stays on his man. Gets after his man in the run game, has foot quickness to get correct angle and keeps them moving to sustain the block. Good power step inside to choke off inside spin moves. Capable cut-blocker. Excellent athleticism and foot speed, showing the ability to mirror and stay in front of many talented pass rushers over his three years starting.

Weaknesses

Does not possess elite upper or lower-body strength; only adequate as a drive-blocker and can be pushed back by better defensive ends and shed in the run game. Foot quickness is good, but does not execute the reach block as often as you’d like. Overextends his punch on occasion, vulnerable to a rip move outside or spin inside. Played exclusively in a two-point stance and can get caught playing upright. Due to Manziel’s ability to break the pocket and scramble, did not frequently face pass rushers that challenged him hard upfield.

NFL Comparison

Ryan Clady

Bottom Line

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.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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