Luke Joeckel: Falling to No. 2 overall “not the most pleasant thing ever”

AP

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel had believed he was going to be the first player selected during the NFL Draft in April. It didn’t happen as the Kansas Chiefs selected Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher with the first pick instead.

Instead, Joeckel had to wait an extra 15 minutes before being selected by the Jaguars with the second overall pick.

But when Joeckel’s expectation had been to be the top overall pick in the draft, there was still some disappointment when his name wasn’t the first to be called by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“At the time it was not the most pleasant thing ever,” Joeckel said on the Draft Tracker podcast at NFL.com.

Joeckel said he’s happy to be with the Jaguars and he believes it’s a good fit for him as well. Eugene Monroe is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and Joeckel could ultimately replace him on the left side of the line after this season. For now, Joeckel is slated to be the Jaguars right tackle. Still, not being the top pick won’t be something he soon forgets.

“It definitely kind of put a chip on my shoulder, not being the first tackle taken,” Joeckel said.. “Which is a good thing. It’s a good thing to help drive you and help compete against another guy in your same position. A guy that got the first pick in front of me.”

Just don’t expect Aaron Rodgers to share in Joeckel’s pain of falling a whole one slot on draft day.

34 responses to “Luke Joeckel: Falling to No. 2 overall “not the most pleasant thing ever”

  1. Seriously, can this guy get over himself already? I’m so tired of hearing this “chip on my shoulder” bs from the guy that went SECOND OVERALL.

  2. Dude you were second overall quit your b@@””@. Chip on your shoulder against the one team that passed on you essentially, team is not even in your division and you may be lucky to play them twice in eight seasons if you last that long. Take a seat . That chip on shoulder o see say an I drafted player some low round pick saying that or what not.

  3. Baffled that the Chiefs passed on him. Joeckel was the Outland Trophy winner going against the best pass rushers in college football at the age Fisher finally won the LT spot on a mediocre team in a mediocre conference. He was third team MAC selection that year. It’s like Secretariat in a hoof race against Old Boss the plough horse. SMH.

  4. I do feel he should have been the #1 overall pick, but he needs to be careful with what he says. This sounds like he doesn’t want to be a Jaguar.

  5. Interesting to hear from a Rookie. Although, I can see where he is coming from. Being projected #1 in the NFL Draft would be every Pee-Wee football players dream. But as a veteran in the league, or a player with a couple years of experience, I am sure his reaction would change from “not the most pleasant thing ever” to “I was just happy to be a part of the NFL draft and hope to be a part of this league(stay healthy) for years to come”

  6. The only thing worse than being passed over for Eric Fisher is going to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Oops!! Make sure your passport is up to date!!

  7. I think I’m going to she’d a year for the downtrodden 2nd overall pick. I hope he’s able to muster enough mental strength to get through the next ten years of his life rolling in money.

  8. Its ok, Luke. You have the sympathy of everyone who has to get up at the crack of dawn every morning to go to a real job in order to pay their bills and feed their kids.

    Oh wait. No, you dont.

    How arrogant can these kids possibly get?

  9. Awwwww … seriously, I don’t know how he’s going to live with this. I guess being rich, famous, and retired in high style at around 35 will help ease the pain. But you really have to feel his pain. I know I do … every day when I drive to work.

  10. In 2014 he can watch replays of his pancake blocks on the #1 (largest) sized HD vidoe boards in the NFL. Sorry Dallas!

  11. How terrible, he dropped all the way down to the 2nd pick. How can he sleep at night? Give me a break! From an attitude perspective, the Chiefs made the correct decision between the two.

  12. Not only is he the #2 pick, he can’t even beat out the existing LT.

    A true #1 pick gets to play his own position…
    Poor draft year.

  13. It’s gonna be fun to compare these two kids for the next several years to see which is the better talent. Remember when Suh and McCoy were in the same position?

  14. my neighbors nephew is going through all sorts of treatment for a brain tumor (by all indications he will be ok)… Ill just tell his parents (who I know very well), to toughen up. Hell, its not like they had to wait 15 extra minutes to become a multi millionaire…

  15. Hey Luke, why dont you call up Johnny Football and co-miserate on your horrible situations?

  16. Luke Joeckel on his dinner last night: “Finding out the ‘surf and turf’ came with a 1lb lobster instead of 2lb…not the most pleasant thing ever.”

    – We all feel your pain Luke.

  17. Like millions of others, I weep for you, Luke. Oh, the pain and humiliation you must have suffered plummeting all the way down to the second pick in the draft. Use these sick feelings as motivation to salvage your career while there is still time, even if you will be doing it in Jacksonville.

  18. “Not only is he the #2 pick, he can’t even beat out the existing LT.

    A true #1 pick gets to play his own position…
    Poor draft year.”

    ____________________________________

    Yea, he can’t even beat out a 3 year starter who is arguably top 10 in the league at his position. What a bust!

  19. whodey420 says: Jun 20, 2013 4:11 AM

    The only thing worse than being passed over for Eric Fisher is going to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Oops!! Make sure your passport is up to date!!
    ————-
    When he was getting his man-hug from the commissioner, he whispered, “Please kill me.”

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