Over the years, the NFL draft has gradually become an unofficial American holiday. Perhaps it’s the furious fast-pace environment, or maybe it’s the promise of a renewed future, but fans from all over the country will be glued to their TV’s tonight in hopes of seeing their team’s next franchise player.
General managers, coaches and front office staff prep months and months for the NFL draft, tirelessly watching video tape, interviewing players and conducting rigorous workouts and tests. But even with all the delicacies of modern-day research and technology, there are always a few surprises. A lot of “sure things” have turned out to be anything but (Tim Couch; 1st overall (1999): Jamarcus Russell; 1st overall (2007): Ryan Leaf; 2nd overall (1998))
And some players that no one talks about today will be the future NFL stars of tomorrow (Tom Brady; 6th round (2000): Jared Allen; 4th round (2004): Marques Colston; 7th round (2006)).
If history has shown us anything, it’s that NO ONE has a crystal ball. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay can sit there and make all the predictions they want, but the truth is, they don’t have a clue. Neither do the teams and neither do the players. Only time will tell.
Many envision Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going number one in this year’s draft. I can see that, especially with the help the Kansas City Chiefs need. Not only would Joeckel be the first Aggie drafted number one (Von Miller was drafted second overall in 2011, Ryan Tannehill was drafted eighth last year), but he would be just the third offensive tackle taken first overall since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
No one doubts Luke’s ability, he’s got talent. And unlike some first-round busts in the past, he has his head on straight. I believe that, combined with his intelligence and athleticism, will make him a great addition to any team, whether it’s in the first round or the last. So, to Luke and all the other Aggies going into this year’s draft, I say good luck and Gig’em!
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