NFL Draft 2013: Luke Joeckel isn't the answer, Eugene Monroe is fine

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Jaguars have a lot of needs in the 2013 NFL Draft, but left tackle isn't one of them.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, which means there are a lot of ways they can go with their No. 2 overall pick. One common thought that has cropped up among fans and sports talk radio is that the Jaguars should bolster their offensive line by drafting Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.

The problem with that line of thought however is that the Jaguars have a Top 10 left tackle starting already in Eugene Monroe, who they drafted with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. There isn't a need at the left tackle position and you're not going to spend the second overall pick on a right tackle. Not only that, but you have no idea if Monroe or Joeckel will even be as effective on the right side as they are on the left side.

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According to ProFootballFocus.com, Monroe had an overall grade of +22.9 for the 2012 season, ranking him 9th overall among all offensive tackles and 7th among left tackles only. Monroe gave up five sacks, seven quarterback hits, and 22 hurries. This is all with playing with a revolving door of guards next to him. The Jaguars offensive line was a mess for the most part in the 2012 season, but the left tackle wasn't one of those spots. The left tackle position is not a need on this football team, it's actually one of the few strengths.

The biggest need on the offensive line is the right tackle position, which should be possible to fix in free agency. It's nonsensical to draft a possible right tackle at the No. 2 spot and equally as nonsensical to try to force out your Top 10 left tackle in Monroe to the right side.

Stop it, please. Just stop.


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