Luke Joeckel's definition of unpleasant might be different than yours or mine
The Kansas City Star
Luke Joeckel is 21 years old and might just need motivation. That’s what I’m trying to remember here. He could still be in college and he’s infinitely wiser and more mature than most of the rest of us — I’m very much including myself here — were at that age.
I talked to him in New York, around the draft. The Chiefs were, at least at one point, considering him seriously enough for the No. 1 overall pick that I talked to some people around him and came away quite impressed. By all accounts, he is smart, hard-working, thoughtful, focused.
But, give it a rest. Play football. Be happy you were the second player taken in an NFL draft. That’s a pretty cool thing, not something to be complaining about. Specifically, we are talking about this notion that he was somehow disrespected by being the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft:
“At the time it was not the most pleasant thing ever…”
…”At the time, it definitely kind of put a chip on my shoulder, not being the first tackle taken…”
Now, to be fair, Joeckel is not going overboard here. He is couching his comments — which come, presumably, because he’s asked a question — with things like “I’m just so happy to be here in Jacksonville. It’s a perfect fit for me, you can’t beat sunny Florida.”
So that’s good. And it’s why this is only an annoyed blog post, and not an angry one. Or a column. Competitive people of all walks carry the proverbial chip on the shoulder, some of them very productively. Talking about it out loud doesn’t make Joeckel a bad guy.
It just makes him a guy who comes across whining about being the second player taken in an NFL draft.