By David Levin (@davidlevin71)
It was the right pick. Say what you want about a “sexy” pick for a team that needs an identity in the NFL, Luke Joeckel, a massive tackle from Texas A&M was the right pick.
Everyone can breathe a little better. Two bookend tackles for the first time since Tony Boselli and Leon Searcy in 1996.
While Eben Britton was part of the 2009 draft class that was supposed to team with Eugene Monroe to be the next great tackle tandem, the lack of tackle talent meant this team needed to make this choice.
Forget about the need to take Dion Jordan. He was third on his team in sacks this past season. Yes, we need a defensive end on our board, but what if Jeremy Mincey re-establishes himself as a sack threat? What if he and Jason Babin can get double digit sacks in 2013? I love this pick.
What Jacksonville did by selecting a tackle is take a step back to the days of Tom Coughlin where taking the best player was paramount. And the idea of taking your five best offensive linemen and playing them, regardless of their position, is the theory I assume new head coach Gus Bradley will use.
Everyone had better get on this bus, because the offensive line just got a heck of alot better.
The idea of Joeckel and Monroe on the outside with Mike Brewster and Uche Nwaneri at guard and the dependable Brad Meester at center and this line does not look too bad. It still needs improvement, but it looks better on paper. There is no threat of Eben Britton under-performing. There is no more Guy Whimper, who was more active as a tight end than on the line.
This is as solid as it could be.
While this is the first pick, hopefully it leads to something even more solid in the second round. Remember, there are six other picks for this team. Joeckel has done something without even stepping onto the field at EverBank Field.
He has given us hope.
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