Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, an Arlington High School graduate and the 2012 Outland Trophy winner, is one of 23 prospects that will attend the opening night of the NFL Draft, April 25 in New York City. Joeckel, considered a possible first overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs, will be joined in New York by Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and Aggies’ coach Kevin Sumlin.
If taken with the first pick, Joeckel would be the first A&M player selected No. 1 overall in an NFL draft. Four A&M players have been drafted No. 2 overall: linebacker Von Miller (Denver Broncos, 2011), linebacker Quentin Coryatt (Indianapolis Colts, 1992), running back John David Crow (St. Louis Cardinals, 1958) and running back John Kimbrough (Chicago Cardinals, 1941).
Vaccaro projects to be selected in the middle of the first round and could be available at No. 18, a pick owned by the Dallas Cowboys.
Other NFL draft prospects joining Joeckel and Vaccaro in New York will be: Ezekiel Ansah, BYU; Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina; Eric Fisher, Central Michigan; Sharrif Floyd, Florida; D.J. Fluker, Alabama; Lane Johnson, Oklahoma; Dion Jordan, Oregon; Eddie Lacy, Alabama; E.J. Manuel, Florida State; Dee Milliner, Alabama; Barkevious Mingo, LSU; Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee; Eric Reid, LSU; Xavier Rhodes, Florida State; Sheldon Richardson, Missouri; Geno Smith, West Virginia; Desmond Trufant, Washington; Chance Warmack, Alabama; Menelik Watson, Florida State and Bjoern Werner, Florida State.
_ Jimmy Burch