Aggies' Luke Joeckel leaving early for NFL
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel had been weighing the possibility of returning for his senior season, but the reality that he will likely be a top-10 pick, and possibly even a top-5 pick, was too much to pass up.
Joeckel announced Tuesday that he's declared for the NFL draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Joeckel No. 5 overall on his latest Big Board of the top 25 NFL draft prospects. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Joeckel won the Outland Trophy this season as the top interior lineman in college football.
The question now: Will Texas A&M right tackle Jake Matthews follow Joeckel into the draft, or will he stay for his senior season? Matthews has also been projected as a first-round pick by some analysts.
Here's an updated list of SEC players who've declared for the NFL draft. The deadline is Jan. 15:
- OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
- QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
- RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
- S Matt Elam, Florida
- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
- RB Michael Ford, LSU
- WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
- RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
- DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
- DT Bennie Logan, LSU
- CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
- DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
- LB Kevin Minter, LSU
- DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
- DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
- LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
- TE Jordan Reed, Florida
- S Eric Reid, LSU
- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
- CB Tharold Simon, LSU
- RB Spencer Ware, LSU
- P Brad Wing, LSU
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