Prior to this year’s NFL draft the scuttlebutt was that the Kansas City Chiefs were going to take Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 306 pounder was number one on a ton of draft boards, but on draft night the Chiefs went with Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, and Joeckel went to the Jacksonville Jaguars who held the second overall pick.
In previous years this would have been a much bigger deal, as the top pick in the NFL draft would command an outrageous amount of guaranteed money, but since the introduction of the rookie salary cap, the difference in contract cash between the first and second overall picks is negligible. But that didn’t help appease Joeckel all that much, as missing out on being the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft didn’t sit well with the Jags rookie tackle.
Said Joeckel, from the Draft Tracker podcast at NFL.com…
“At the time it was not the most pleasant thing ever.”
“It definitely kind of put a chip on my shoulder, not being the first tackle taken,” Joeckel said. “Which is a good thing. It’s a good thing to help drive you and help compete against another guy in your same position. A guy that got the first pick in front of me.”
Whether Joeckel can use this perceived slight as motivation remains to be seen, but if the worst thing that happens to him in his rookie year with Jacksonville is missing out on being the first overall pick in the draft, then he’s way, way ahead of the curve.