At this point in his career, Luke Joeckel is more of a name than an actual starting option. The former No. 2 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a major bust since coming out in the historically bad 2013 NFL Draft. He probably will get one more chance to prove himself in the NFL, but his time is certainly running out.
Last season, Joeckel played for the Seattle Seahawks, who were starved for talent on the offensive line. Joeckel played primarily at the left guard position after being a tackle for the better part of his career. He didn’t do particularly well and struggled to open up holes in the run game and wasn’t great in pass protection either. Further compounding his poor play was his inability to stay healthy, as he missed five games throughout the season.
Health has previously been a problem for Joeckel as well. In his fourth year, he missed 12 games after suffering a major knee injury that he had to have surgery on. It was an unfortunate development and that spelled the end of his time in Jacksonville. So, the health concerns coupled with his poor play make Joeckel a seriously risky option for any team that is interested in him.
The Redskins could see Joeckel as a potential reclamation project. He is still just 26, and Bill Callahan is one of the better offensive line coaches in the league. If Callahan could work with Joeckel and get him to get a bit stronger, he could turn into a serviceable starter. For that reason, Washington might consider him.
Still, Joeckel probably isn’t a big upgrade over Lauvao, if he’s an upgrade at all. He does have more potential, but with five seasons of sub-par production under his belt, he might not be worth the risk. But if he can come on a very short, cheap deal, the Redskins could consider him.