The Jacksonville Jaguars landed offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Joeckel was praised as an NFL ready prospect coming out of Texas A&M, but like the rest of the top rookie tackles this season, he has struggled early.
One area that Joeckel wants to improve going forward is with the mental mistakes.
With false starts being an issue early, Joeckel wants to clean up the errors and make sure that his mind is right as the weeks go on.
“I can’t have the mental stuff,” Joeckel said, via the Florida Times Union. “Physically, I feel good and feel like I’m getting better every week. But I have to get over the mental errors and have to take more preparation time watching film and clear my mind. Clear my mind and play football. I’ve never been a Mental Error Guy but there are a lot of things going on.”
To be fair, the top three tackles selected in the draft — Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson — have all been asked to switch to the right side for their first year in the NFL. That is not an easy task, so it shouldn’t be a big shock to see them going through the transition and growing pains.