(April 25, 2013) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.
With a new general manager, a new head coach and a new direction, the Jaguars entered Thursday night's first round looking to add a significant cornerstone to their rebuilding project.
The 6-foot-6, 306-pound Joeckel should fit the bill.
He had been widely considered the top pick for weeks, but fell to Jacksonville when Kansas City chose Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the top pick.
With holes on both sides of the ball, the Jaguars could have gone in any direction with its first-rounder. But pass-rushers Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah were considered risky picks, so the Jaguars kept it safe and went with Joeckel.
It marks the third straight year a A&M player has been taken in the top 10 in the NFL Draft, a program first.
Joeckel, who declared early for the draft, was a unanimous All-America selection as a junior for the 11-2 Aggies in 2012. Protecting the blind side for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Joeckel became the first Aggie to win the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Joeckel started every possible game of his A&M career and finished with 39 consecutive starts at left tackle.