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Texas A&M OL Luke Joeckel declares for NFL draft

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (JOKE'-ell) is choosing the NFL over a final season of blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

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The Outland Trophy winner said Tuesday he thought it was in his ``best interest'' to enter April's NFL draft. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said Joeckel was projected as a high first-round pick.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior started all 39 games at left tackle after graduating early from a Dallas-area high school so he could join the Aggies for spring drills in 2010.

Joeckel protected the blind side for Ryan Tannehill, a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins last year, before Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in a record-setting 2012 season.

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