The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft with the intention of playing him at the right tackle position. Joeckel played the left tackle position during his career at Texas A&M, but all indications so far is that the transition to the right side is going smoothly, even if Joeckel is harsh on his self-evaluation.
"I’ve always been my hardest critic," Joeckel told John Oehser of Jaguars.com. "I don’t need coaches jumping me. I can accept all that, but when I watch film, I look at every single step. That’s one of my favorite part of playing the line, how detailed it is."
As mentioned, all indications through OTA practices even without pads and contact, the transition to the right side is going smooth.
"It was definitely something I got better at every single day," Joeckel told Oehser. "Some days, I got a lot better at it and some days, I just got a little better. The comfort level is getting there. It’s not all the way there yet, but I want to be ready to go."
Not only does Joeckel need to feel comfortable in his drop back and in protection, but he's also got to learn the protections and how to block against NFL defensive schemes.
"In college, teams usually have their one base defense they’re going to throw at you. Here, you’ve got a bunch of different looks, a bunch of different blitzes," Joeckel told Oehser. "That’s definitely the hardest thing, to recognize that stuff to be able to react to what they’re doing."