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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Gruden: Chiefs should draft Luke Joeckel

By Bill Williamson

If Jon Gruden was making the No. 1 pick for the Kansas City Chiefs in next week’s NFL draft, his choice would be the player who is currently expected to be the choice -- Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.

Gruden explained in an ESPN conference call his reasons for taking Joeckel over fellow left tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan or any other top prospect.

“I don't know what (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid is going to do, certainly,” Gruden said. “But you're talking about a left tackle that not only won the Outland Award trophy as a true junior. He played for two different head coaches, two different systems. (He) helped (Ryan) Tannehill become a first rounder, helped Johnny Manziel win the Heisman, did it against the best America has to offer in terms of competition. Reliable, athletic, consistent, Joeckel would be the guy I would take.”

Gruden is well versed with Joeckel. Here is a video of Joeckel’s visit to Gruden's famous pre-draft camp.