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Joeckel, Long scouting reports

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By Nolan Nawrocki

The following scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).

OLT Luke Joeckel, #76 (Junior)
Texas A&M
PFW Grade: 7.00
Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 306 | Sp: 5.29 | Arm: 341/4 | Hand: 101/8
Notes: Last name is pronounced “JOKE-ell.” His father, Dave, was a four-year letterman in football at Texas Tech (1979-82) and his twin brother, Matt, is a quarterback on the Aggies squad. The Texas prep was a consensus All-American and one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. Enrolled in January of 2010 and went through spring drills before starting all 13 games at left tackle in the fall as a true freshman. Was a first-team all-Big 12 selection in ’11 after helping Texas A&M set school records for total, passing and scoring offense while only allowing nine sacks. Won the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and was a unanimous All-America selection in ’12 after protecting the blind side of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in 13 starts at LT, allowing only two sacks.
Positives: Extremely smooth footwork — sets quickly and displays outstanding body control to adjust to movement. Very fluid moving athlete. Superb, patient pass blocker — makes it look easy. Very good hand use — replaces them quickly and recoils punch. Outstanding base, balance and leverage. Terrific recovery quickness — is seldom beat and plays through the whistle. Aggressive battler. Takes good angles and can seal linebackers at the second level. Very good finisher. Coordinates quick hands and feet — a very good technician. Recorded a 4.68-second 20-yard shuttle and 7.40-second 3-cone time, among the best of tackles at the Combine. Very durable — started all 39 games at Texas A&M. Showed well vs. SEC’s best and is battle-tested. Smart, aware, humble and hardworking. Highly motivated and driven to succeed. Top-notch intangibles. Excellent support structure.
Negatives: Can play a bit too short-armed with a light power step and will give up some inside pressure (see Florida and Louisiana Tech) and struggle vs. some shorter power-leverage rushers. Not considered an elite athlete by NFL left tackle standards, with a 281⁄2-inch vertical jump and modest 40 times. Average hip snap and is not especially powerful. Occasionally gets overextended. Played in a system with an athletic quarterback that got rid of the ball fast and could create with his feet and did not need to hold blocks long. Could stand to get stronger as a run blocker and improve overall anchor strength — not fully developed physically.
Summary: A dependable, highly skilled, pass-blocking technician, Joeckel grades out as well as anyone in this year’s draft class and has a rare makeup that will drive him to be successful. A scheme-versatile, Day-One starter capable of stepping into the starting lineup immediately and safeguarding a franchise quarterback for the next decade-plus. A can’t-miss, high-floor, high-reward pick whose best football is ahead of him.
NFL projection: Top-10 pick.

OLG-OLT Kyle Long, #74
Oregon
PFW Grade: 5.82
Ht: 6-61/8 | Wt: 313 | Sp: 4.94 | Arm: 333/8 | Hand: 11
Notes: Father, Howie, was a Hall of Fame defensive end. Brother, Chris, plays defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. Two-sport All-American in high school. Went to Florida State for baseball (pitcher) and was a 23rd-round pick by the White Sox in the 2008 MLB draft. Arrested for DUI in January ’09. Left FSU, enrolled in Saddleback Junior College. Had 16 tackles, one sack as a D-end in ’10. Switched to O-line in ’11 and started all 10 games. At Oregon in ’12, played in 11 games, starting the final four games at left guard. Denied eligibility for an extra year by the NCAA.
Positives: Excellent body length and a very good foot athlete. Can pull, lead up through the hole and strike a moving target. Shadows and mirrors when in pass protection. Battles through injuries — physically tough. Deep Pro Bowl NFL bloodlines. Ran a 4.94 40 at the Combine, which was third among O-linemen and tops for guards. Measured 15.8 percent body fat, a Combine low among offensive linemen. Has a strong support structure.
Negatives: Average arm length. Needs to get stronger and improve base strength. Only one year of experience starting in the FBS. Inconsistent play history and commitment level. Ankle injury during his senior year needs to be checked for durability. Immaturity concerns with a prior arrest.
Summary: A highly athletic, zone-blocking left guard, Long has been troubled by the weight of All-American expectations. He showed signs of settling down as a senior at Oregon, but needs to show that he can stay focused and out of trouble in the NFL.
NFL projection: Second-round pick.

 

These scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).

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