Jaguars select tackle Luke Joeckel second overall

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The Jaguars secured a promising offensive tackle prospect with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel on Thursday evening.

In his final season as the Aggies’ left tackle in 2012, Joeckel garnered the Outland Trophy, the award given to college football’s top interior lineman. The 6-6, 306-pound Joeckel declared for the draft with one season of eligibility remaining.

It’s unclear whether Joeckel fits at left tackle (currently held down by the capable Eugene Monroe) or at right tackle with Jacksonville. Either way, Joeckel figures as a Day One starter for the Jaguars.

With Joeckel now in the fold, the question becomes how the Jaguars proceed with pick No. 33, the first selection in Round Two. The Jaguars could use more help at defensive end and cornerback, to name two positions. And will they add a quarterback to compete with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne?

16 responses to “Jaguars select tackle Luke Joeckel second overall

  1. He now has to protect Blaine Gabberts blindside ….. unfortunately thats the entire secondary …. goodluck.

  2. randallflagg52 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 8:32 PM
    Dumb pick. As Mayock pointed out Monroe is a top 10 LT, so why take Joeckel? Should have gone with a pass rusher.

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    Monroe isn’t close to an elite LT. I’d say he’s probably more in the 10-15 range of LTs. He’s only the 3rd best LT in the AFC South(behind Duane Brown and Michael Roos).
    He’s in the last year of his contract, and he’ll want something like $10 mil a year or more when he’s only a borderline top 10 at his position(if that).

  3. @thegreatgabbert not saying I dislike the pick but let’s not rush things….once upon a time a second round pick by the name of Mike Pearson from UF was called baby Boselli

  4. Hey randallflagg52 – Mayock DID say Monroe is a top-10 tackle. And Mayock also said he applauds this pick. This kid was THE MOST highly ranked player in this draft. Need meets value = slamdunk!

  5. Have to agree, this is the right pick. Especially with Monroe possibly taking off after this year if he wants too much money. He rated out as the 6th best OT(Monroe). So hopefully this draft is filled with big uglies for the jags.

  6. They had to take Luke.
    In the short term (this year), it will give them two capable tackles vs the OLB/DE tandems the Jags will face against the seahawks, rams, 49ers, titansX2, and texansX2.
    Longer term, it gives them flexibility if they can’t work out a reasonable deal with monroe.

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