Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, who’s projected by many as the possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has arranged a private workout with the Chiefs on March 22 in College Station. Joeckel said during A&M’s Pro Day on Friday in College Station that he also has met with the Oakland Raiders but that the Chiefs are the only team that has scheduled a private workout “as of now.”
The Chiefs own the first pick in the draft and recently released Eric Winston, last season’s starting right tackle, in a move that suggests they may be preparing to take a tackle with the top pick. Joeckel, the 2012 Outland Trophy winner, said he interviewed with the Chiefs at last month’s NFL Combine and welcomes the chance to try and build on his initial impression with the club during the private workout.
“I think it went well, but who knows?,” Joeckel said of his initial talks with Chiefs officials. “It’s them evaluating me, not me evaluating them. I think I did well. I think my tape shows I’m a good player. But it’s them making all the decisions.”
The Chiefs sent area scout Willie Davis to watch Joeckel at A&M’s Pro Day, which was attended by representatives of all 32 NFL teams. Most teams sent scouts or assistant coaches, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen made the trek to College Station. The Raiders pick third.
Allen, a former A&M linebacker, also attended and spoke glowingly about Joeckel after watching his workout. Joeckel performed only position drills on Friday after doing all the testing drills at the combine last month.
“I think he was impressive on the tape and just watching him out here and getting a chance to visit with him, I think not only is he a good football player, he’s an impressive young man,” Allen told ESPN. “I think that’s the thing that when you look at him, that’s the thing that says this guy is going to make it in the National Football League.”
Joeckel said he would relish the opportunity to become the first A&M player and first high school player from Arlington, Texas, taken No. 1 overall in any NFL Draft. But he added that he does not consider the Chiefs’ release of Winston as a significant benefit in those efforts.
“Who knows?” Joeckel said. “I don’t try to look into all of that different stuff. I’m just trying to work out and … do well at the Pro Day and not to try to worry about all the outside stuff.”