Offensive Tackle 1) Luke Joeckel School: Texas A&M, Jr. Height: 6’ 6” Weight: 310 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 5.30 Bench Press: 27
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OT “sure-fire starter from day one”
2) Eric Fisher School: C. Michigan, Sr. Height: 6’ 7” Weight: 305 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 5.05 Bench Press: 27
Joeckel’s smarts and football instincts are as impressive as his athleticism. He is assignment sure and is rarely fooled by stunts or blitzes. While not a mauler in the run game, he uses leverage and positioning. Vs. top opponents: In October of this season, the Aggies played host to LSU, possessor of one of the best defensive lines in the nation.
In a nutshell: In the quarterbackdriven NFL, the next most-important position is arguably that of left offensive tackle. Joeckel, the 2012 Outland Trophy winner, is as accomplished a left tackle as has been seen in recent history and is a surefire starter from day one. Joeckel has the prototypical body type desired at today’s left tackle position. Joeckel moves extremely well laterally with a picture-perfect slidestep and is rarely beaten by speed rushers. He can sometimes be bull-rushed by stronger defensive ends.
Joeckel was competing that day against two LSU defensive ends that should be selected in rounds one and two of this year’s draft, Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Joeckel had the type of day that made people sit up and notice, not allowing a sack and hardly a pressure. Lined up most of the day against Joeckel, Montgomery was a nonfactor in the game with zero sacks, one tackle and one assist. According to Pro Football Weekly, Joeckel’s performance that day led one NFL GM to say, “I think he’s better than Joe Thomas and Matt Kalil.”
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In a nutshell: Not highly recruited as a 250 lb. high school offensive tackle, Fisher opted to stay in his home state and attend Central Michigan where he appeared in eight games for the Chippewas as a true freshman. He started nine games as a sophomore at multiple offensive line positions before spending his final two seasons entrenched at left tackle. Fisher has been a fast riser on most draft boards the last few months after a breakout senior season in which he was named first-team AllMAC and third-team AP All-American. CheeseheadTV.com
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