Although he had a lot of success protecting Ryan Tannehill, Luke Joeckel really made a name in 2012 as he was protecting the blindside of Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. Standing at 6-6 and 306 pounds, he was a rock all year for Manziel on the left side.
When watching tape of Joeckel, you won’t see him as an overly flashy offensive tackle. The Texas A&M offense had required Joeckel to be more of a sit back and wait blocker rather then a mauler. He has the ability to take on bull rushers as well as guy rushing with speed, both at a high-level.
The combination of his foot work and strong ability with his hands has proven to be an aggravation for pass rushers. He makes it look incredibly effortless, using his long arms to hold defenders steady. At times, I’ve noticed rushers giving up after first and second attempts as he just seems to be impenetrable.
Outside of the pure ease he shows in pass protection, there were two things that really stood out to me as I watched...