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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel is selected second overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joeckel, who many projected to be drafted first, was bypassed by the Kansas City Chiefs for the number 1 overall pick Eric Fisher to protect newly-acquired Alex Smith’s blind side.
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“Jacksonville’s a great team and I’m happy to be with them,” Joeckel said after being selected.
Joeckel started all 39 games at left tackle for three seasons with the Aggies. He earned himself a spot on the Big 12′s All-Freshman in 2010 and was awarded First Team honors by the Associated Press in 2011. He has been the 4th SEC player in the past six years to win the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineblocker. Joeckel’s blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, an honor bestowed annually upon the top blocker in the SEC, as well as Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference, and the South Conference.
Joeckel, native to Arlington, Texas, helped Texas A&M rank third in the nation with 558.5 yards per game. The Aggies went 11-2 in their inaugural SEC season, highlighted by a road win over eventual BCS champion Alabama and a 41-13 rout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.