The Texas A&M Aggies have undergone a renaissance of sorts the past few years. No longer are they the second team in the Lone Star State behind the boys from Austin. No, they did the smart thing and joined the SEC, and the results have been staggering. The changing of the guard was perfectly evident in the 2014 NFL Draft, where the Aggies had three first rounders while Texas had zero players selected in the entire draft.
But after losing such a cache of talent, are there any pro prospects left? Thanks to tremendous recruiting, of course there is. Let’s break down a few of the top prospects eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.
It all starts with OT Cedric Ogbuehi, who will become the third consecutive top-10 OT from Texas A&M, following Luke Joeckel in ’13 and Jake Matthews in ’14. Ogbuehi is arguably the best OT in the country, (though you could just as easily make the case for Brandon Scherff of Iowa for the honor as well). The 6-foot 5, 300-pound athlete has the skill set to play either inside or out at the next level, and has proven his versatility with extensive experience at RG, RT and now LT for Texas A&M.
It’s his footwork and athleticism that has drawn such rave reviews from scouts, and those kind of dancing bear attributes were on full display when he (reportedly) ran a ridiculous 4.7 40-yard dash in the spring. It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to life on the blindside, but the physical package says he should continue to excel.
Ogbuehi isn’t the only impressive prospect up front for the Aggies, with C Mike Matthews (yes, of the legendary Matthews clan), G/RT Germain Ifedi and G Jarvis Harrison also looking like future pros. Ifedi is only a redshirt sophomore, but the massive Houstonian had a breakout year at OG in ’13, and is making the move to RT, where he has the most upside considering his length and run blocking skills.
Matthews, a junior, is a technical player who makes up for his lack of elite size with good leverage and better angles. As usual for a Matthews, he’s a smart, heady player who shows good awareness with blitz pickup. Harrison, a senior, just might be the best athlete up front, which is incredibly high praise. A quiet leader, Harrison is an absolute mauler in the run game and plays with the nastiness you need for the hand-to-hand combat world in the trenches.
On defense, CB Deshazor Everett is the main prospect to watch. The 6-foot, 188-pounder has experience at both CB and S, and that versatility has served him well, showing good awareness in coverage and enough physicality in run support. Plus, he has a knack for making huge plays when the team needs it most (see: Alabama, 2012).
Senior safety Howard Matthews is a somewhat underrated prospect, despite terrific production last year with 90 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 3 INTs and 6 PBUs. He’s got good size at 6-foot 2, 215-pounds and can really lay the wood. In all honesty, I think his best fit at the next level would be to put on another 15-pounds and play OLB in a cover-2 scheme.