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Joeckel Goes to Jaguars at No. 2
Aggie Websider Publisher
Posted Apr 26, 2013
For the first time in program history, the Texas A&M football team has produced a top 10 NFL Draft selection in three straight years after All-America offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was picked No. 2 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall.
For the first time in program history, the
football team has produced a top 10 NFL Draft selection in three straight years after All-America offensive tackle
was picked No. 2 overall by the
on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall.
Joeckel, who attended Thursday's NFL Draft first-round festivities, joined linebacker
in the Aggies' top 10 parade. Miller was taken No. 2 overall by the
in 2011 and Tannehill was selected No. 8 overall by the
in 2012. Joeckel became the highest drafted Aggie offensive lineman ever, surpassing perennial NFL All-Pro
who was taken ninth overall by the Miami Dolphins in 1990.
"Luke Joeckel is the consummate professional," Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. "As talented as Luke is on the field, he is an even better person off of it. Luke is a strong, physical player with great technical skills. He started every game of his Aggie career at left tackle and did a fantastic job. He is a great addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars."
At No. 2 overall, Joeckel matched the highest NFL Draft selection ever by an Aggie. He equaled the draft position of four other Texas A&M players: Miller, Quentin Coryatt (Indianapolis Colts, 1992), John David Crow (1958, St. Louis Cardinals) and John Kimbrough (1941, Chicago Cardinals).
Joeckel, who declared early for the draft, was a unanimous All-America selection as a junior for the 11-2 Aggies in 2012. Protecting the blind side for Heisman Trophy winner
, Joeckel became the first Aggie to win the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Joeckel started every possible game of his A&M career and finished with 39 consecutive starts at left tackle.
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