In the 2013 draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M with the second overall pick.
As the season progressed, there had to be some changes made as Joeckel went down with a season-ending ankle injury against the St. Louis Rams just after the team had traded Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.
In Joeckel’s absence, Cameron Bradfield moved to left tackle and Austin Pasztor stepped in a right tackle, many expecting him to simply serve as a “stop gap” for the remainder of the season. What we learned from that through, was quite the opposite as Pasztor impressed the coaches and general manager Dave Caldwell, so much that Caldwell has already named Pasztor the starting right tackle heading into 2014.
#Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell indicating that RT Austin Pasztor will be the starter next season.
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) December 31, 2013
With Joeckel on the left side and Pasztor on the right, Jacksonville has found themselves to very young talented, dependable bookends for the future. That lone reason is why I don’t think the Jaguars will take one of the top-10 offensive tackles in the draft.
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