Seattle O-lineman Joeckel ahead of schedule

The lineman played only four games for Jacksonville in 2016 before joining Seattle in free agency, but is recovering.

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Seattle O-lineman Joeckel ahead of schedule

  • Seahawks OL Luke Joeckel is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from last year’s knee injury. Joeckel played in just four games in 2016, and 39 out of 64 possible in his four years with the Jaguars.
  • Though it was his shortest season thus far, Joeckel came away with his highest career grade in 2016. In 221 snaps, he finished with a grade of 68.3.
  • Joeckel has steadily improved his run blocking throughout his career. His 2016 run-blocking grade of 82.0 would have ranked 16th had he played enough snaps to qualify.
  • Though Joeckel recorded only a 40.4 pass-blocking grade last year, he did manage to rank 17th out of 94 guards in pass-blocking efficiency (minimum 100 pass-block snaps). While the sample size was small, it does show promise in Joeckel’s development as a pass-blocker.

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  • Andre Taylor

    For the Seattle Seahawks to call the signing of OT Luke Joeckel as an improvement to their O-line is a disgrace, since being the #2 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Joeckel has been a total bust at both LT and LG, at best Joeckel is a decent swing Tackle. Before last year, the Seahawks hadn’t spent anything more then a 5th round pick on their O-line. Basically a bunch of lower round picks and street free agents, last year they did add OT Germain Ifedi in the 1st round, OG Rees Odhiambo in the 3rd, and C Joey Hunt. While Ifedi did start, his play was average at best. So going into the 2017 off-season, the Seahawks had a clear need to improve their O-line. The signing of Joeckel was negated by allowing RT Garry Gilliam to end up signing with division rivals the 49ers, while Gilliam wasn’t a pro-bowler. Outside of C Justin Britt, Gilliam was their most consistent O-lineman. Which really isn’t saying much, because the O-line as a whole was an absolute abomination. However armed with a full allotment of draft picks, GM John Schneider had a good opportunity to add some decent talent to the O-line. Despite 3 pro-bowlers in the secondary, the Seahawks did have a need for some fresh legs in the secondary, and depth along the D-line. However their most pressing needs were on the O-line, however GM John Schneider chose to trade out of the 1st round and selected DT Malik McDowell in the 2nd round. Had they stayed in the 1st round, LT Ryan Ramczyk, OT Cam Robinson and OT/OG Forrest Lamp were available. Even trading out of the 1st round, Robinson and Lamp were still on the board. Although the Seahawks did select C/G Ethan Pocic with the addition pick in the 2nd round, Pocic has the size, length, experience and strength to play all 5 position on the line. Next they selected CB Shaquill Griffin, which wasn’t a bad move because Griffin is a good CB prospect. Now where things just got out of hand, armed with three total picks in the 3rd round and such clear needs on their O-line. Schneider and the scouting department would have looked to at a few more O-line prospects, however that didn’t happen. Choosing instead to draft SS Delani Hill and DT Nazair Jones, two prospects that were both mocked to go no higher than the late 5th round. Yet there were several decent O-line prospects still on the board, not choosing another O-lineman until the drafting of OT Justin Senior until the 6th round. Senior is a practice squad, developmental prospect at best. Then to add insult to injury, after drafting 3 different RB’s just last year, signing RB Eddie Lacy to a 1 year prove it contract. The Seahawks had no clear need at the RB position, yet wasted their last pick in the 7th round on scatback Christopher Carson. When there was still a few O-line prospects still available, so John Schneider’s idea of O-line improvement is adding Luke Joeckel, Ethan Pocic and Justin Senior. While Pocic is talented and will start at one spot, even with Ifedi and Britt. Thats only 3 of the 5 positions filled with at least an average O-linemen. Britt is a pro-bowl caliber linman, with Ifedi a 2nd year player and Pocic a rookie. LT George Fant will probably be better on the right side at RT, O-line coach Tom Cable has his work cut out for him. HC Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider seem to think they can get by with a below average line.

  • AZCardsFan85

    Damn, SEAs offensive line going into 2017 looks absolutely pathetic.

    • Alan Mazzucchelli

      Pff’s projections are inaccurate, as George Fant has added 15 pounds of muscle when will start at left tackle and the rookie second-round pick will be at one of the Guard spots. More depth and a Year’s experience will result in more than adequate play.