Joeckel taps into his mean streak on the field

Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M looks on during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23,...

Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M looks on during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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Luke Joeckel is about as pleasant, jovial and well-mannered a young man as you’ll ever meet.

At least off the football field.

The offensive tackle from Texas A&M is the odds-on favourite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, to kick off the three-day NFL entry draft (8 p.m., TSN2 and NFL Network).

“It’d be a huge honour,” Joeckel said on Wednesday at Chelsea Waterside Park. “We’re all competing for that No. 1 draft pick. That’s what this whole process is all about.”

But the 6-foot-6, 306-pounder said he parks his Mr. Nice Guy persona once he puts on a helmet and pads.

“A mean streak is huge,” he told me. “When I started tackle football in fourth grade, the first thing my Dad told me was, ‘You can be the nicest guy off the field, but when you step on that field you’ve got to be the nastiest guy out there. You’ve got to want to finish guys off. You want to be able to dominate them.'


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