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April 25, 2013

Will Joeckel make history tonight?

AggieYell.com will be breaking down the members of the 2012 football team who could hear their names called during the 2013 NFL draft, which begins Thursday night. First on the list: left tackle Luke Joeckel.

Size: 6 feet, 6 inches tall; 306 pounds

Resume: Started every game at left tackle during his A&M career; never missed a game due to injury. 2012 first team All-American and 2012 Outland Trophy winner.

Supporters say: Joeckel is the most complete lineman, and possibly the most complete player, in the draft. He has strong technique, excellent size and is extremely intelligent. He works hard in the weight room and the classroom. Obviously durable with a record of success at the highest levels of college football.

Critics say: Not the most athletic of players; could potentially be beaten off the edge by players with elite speed. May have already maximized his potential.

The bottom line: Joeckel is widely considered to be the best and safest choice in the entire draft. Whether or not Kansas City thinks so is up for debate, as Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is also in the running for the first overall pick. If Joeckel somehow is not picked first by the Chiefs, teams will start to scramble to get to the second or third pick to take him. While Fisher remains an uncertainty, someone will take Joeckel and be very happy to plug in a smart, durable Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle into their line for the next decade.

Likely draft position: Top five pick.


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