Luke Joeckel Scouting Report

March 28th, 2013

Luke Joeckel has all the tools to deservedly be the #1 overall pick

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Prospect: Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 306 lb
Grade: 7.75 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+/-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

+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

+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

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.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Texas A&M vs. Florida
• Gets to the inside shoulder of Lerentee McCray and gets him turned to open up the hole without creating much movement of the defender though
• Shows quickness of first step to get downfield, stones Jon Bostic on an inside run
• Drives a defensive end into the second level after getting under his pads as a run blocker
• Moves over to the right side as the extra tackle, takes a poor angle to safety Josh Evans and can’t get across him to seal the edge on a toss, Evans makes the tackle to limit yardage
• Funnels a defensive end to the inside before pancaking him on a screen pass to his side, baited him into taking himself out of the play
• Gets across the face of a backside defensive end on a cutoff block but lets his pads get too high and can’t finish the block, the end makes the tackle when the ball carrier cuts back
• Converts multiple successful cut blocks on the backside
• Holds up against the initial rush attempt of Sharrif Floyd but loses the hand battle and loses his anchor taking a punch to the chest, Floyd chases Manziel from the pocket
• Mirrors the rush of an outside linebacker when he darts to the inside with ease, plants his outside foot and redirects quickly
• Oversets and gives up his inside gap to McCray, who chases down Manziel for a sack
• Lunges into a block of a rushing outside linebacker without setting up to the inside first, misses with his hands and gives up his inside gap again
• Gives ground on the initial punch of McCray before resetting his feet to anchor, but stops his feet and lets McCray get to his outside shoulder and around the corner to sack Manziel

Texas A&M vs. LSU
• Gets across the face of the defensive tackle from the backside of a sweep and even pancakes him after driving back against the play
• Loses is anchor against the bullrush of Lavar Edwards, ball comes out quick though
• Seals Edwards around the corner on a sweep with a quick lateral step to set up on the corner
• Gets underneath the pads of Sam Montgomery on the goal line and drives him back off the ball
• Leads out ahead of the back on a screen pass and cuts Eric Reid in the open field to spring a touchdown
• Redirects from Montgomery to a blitzing cornerback with impressive quickness and awareness to spare a hit to Manziel
• Picks up a cornerback blitz with impressive range to wedge him off his speed rush
• Anchoring Sam Montgomery with ease on multiple occasions, absorbing his power rush and controlling him with his hands
• Controls Lavar Edwards on a sweep and gets the corner sealed with a quick first step to set up on the edge
• Works a combo block with the right guard to perfection, gets the end sealed before working up to the second level and walling off Kevin Minter and mirroring him up the field
• Anticipates an outside stunt coming from Bennie Logan and redirects to it perfectly and mirrors Logan on the edge

Texas A&M vs. Alabama
• Shows impressive mirror and hand control to stone a rusher at the line of scrimmage on play action
• Gets rocked onto his heels when an outside linebacker converts speed to power and into the lap of Manziel who escapes the pocket
• Picks up the inside threat against a blitz package, giving Manziel enough time to dump off a screen pass to the opposite field
• Gets underneath the pads of an outside linebacker on the goal line and gets good movement up front as the extra tackle on the right side
• Gets caught a bit slow off the ball and loses the edge against a speed rush, Manziel able to elude the sack
• Sustaining blocks well throughout the game with a high motors

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One Response to “Luke Joeckel Scouting Report”

  1. Don says:

    Being that I believe that the Lions would like to pickup one of these Three OTs Fisher,Joeckle and or maybe Anderson. I believe it is Anderson?
    Anyways a lot of people have been clambering for Fisher being that he is a Hometown kid and I also love having hometown kids on the Team also. I really believe that at times hometown kids play harder for their hometown teams. I will have to read up on fisher and Anderson before making my decision on who the Next left tackle should be for the hopefully next ten seasons if they are any where close to as sturdy as Backus has been for us the last ten seasons. Looking here at Joeckle’s report I see way more inconsistency than I thought there would be in his Game. Although he does have a very good resume I am hoping that Fisher or Anderson is a little more consistency in the run game. he seems to be a pretty good pass blocker which is great to protect Stafford However we NEED a pass blocking run blocking OT and have been with out one for decades. Lomas Brown was the best we have had from the past 30 years And he was also inconsistent at times. Joeckle is a very good pass blocker so now my hope is that by some miracle that one of the other two OTs at the top of the class are what we need and that they are there when it is time to pick.

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