Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel has made his decision and he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Joeckel is expected to be a top 10, maybe top 5 selection, in the upcoming draft and the Chargers are likely to miss out on the opportunity to choose him to protect Philip Rivers’ backside.
Melvin Ingram wasn’t supposed to slide down to us last seaosn, but he did. Don’t think that will be the case for Joeckel since left tackles are a high priority for a number of teams.
If we do not address offensive tackle in free agency, then our priority in the draft will be to find someone to take over the left tackle position. Jared Gaither will be shown the door in the offseason and he will probably have a fake groin pull on the way out of Chargers Park.
Joeckel is a 6-foot-6, 310 pound All American beast left tackle. He helped protect Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma. He will be protecting someone’s backside in 2013, it just won’t be Philip’s.