Texas A&M Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis
Everything is going the way the Texas A&M Aggies want at this point, and the 2013 NFL draft should be good to them as well.
With many talented players either graduating or leaving school early, this should end up being the most successful draft for this program in recent memory.
From a possible first overall pick in offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, to a handful of solid defensive players, many Aggies should hear their names called once the draft officially begins. There are even a couple of sleepers who could make some noise in the later rounds when teams are looking for the diamonds in the dirt.
It is great to be an Aggie right about now.
Here is your complete Texas A&M 2013 NFL draft preview.
Note: This slideshow will be updated as each Aggie is selected throughout the NFL draft.
Luke Joeckel, OT
Where He Was Selected: First round - Second Overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars
Joeckel is somebody who will start right away for Jacksonville and will be a cornerstone on the line for the next 10 years. He should have been the first overall pick, but Jacksonville will have no problem settling for him at No. 2.
Weight: 306 pounds
There really isn't much to say about Luke Joeckel that you haven't heard before. The guy has the body frame, long arms and the solid footwork to be that rare offensive lineman who can step in right away and help fix an offensive line. He is absolutely terrific in pass protection, has no injury history and is probably the most complete prospect this entire draft features.
With this being the case, I don't see how Joeckel isn't the first overall pick due to him being the safest pick available.
Christine Michael, RB
Where He Was Selected: Second Round - 62nd Overall to the Seattle Seahawks
This is a reach in the second round, but with running backs being picked up like hot cakes lately, Christine Michael is a decent pickup. Not much of a speedster or playmaker, Michael has the ability to carry the load and see a ton of red-zone touches. He will provide a nice 1-2 punch to Marshawn Lynch.
Weight: 220 pounds
Even with a weak running back class, Christine Michael isn't talked about much, but don't let that fool you.
Michael has the size and the toughness to provide value as a goal-line runner and somebody who can help an NFL team pick up those tough yards to move the chains. While it may sound like he is a bruising running back, he also has shown the ability to make people miss and he has good acceleration for a back with his size.
Michael isn't an every-down back at the next level, but every team needs that north-south runner to punch the ball into the end zone, and that is exactly what Michael was for the Aggies.
Damontre Moore, DE
Where He Was Selected: Third Round - 81st Overall to the New York Giants
The Giants could use more athleticism and speed off the edge and that is what Damontre Moore brings to the table. Finishing last season ranked 22nd in the NFL in sacks, Moore brings that pass rushing and playmaking ability to the New York defense. Great pickup in the third round for Big Blue.
Weight: 250 pounds
Damontre Moore is yet another Texas A&M player who should thrive in the NFL, but he will be doing the dirty work defensively. Some may say he is still a work in progress and that he needs to add some weight to his frame. However, he is an explosive player who will provide a defense with a solid pass-rusher from day one.
Moore has a quick first step, explodes through the hole and uses his hands well to break free from blockers. You would like to see him bulk up a bit, and he could be a little better in run support, but you are getting a solid player in the late first- or early second-round range.
Sean Porter, LB
Where He Was Selected: Fourth Round - 118th Overall to the Cincinnati Bengals
It's always nice when you can land a smart player in the later rounds of the draft. Sean Porter may not be the best linebacker in this class, but he is disciplined and has high football intelligence. The Bengals needed depth defensively and Porter can help out in that department.
Weight: 229 pounds
Sean Porter kind of fell off the map last season, but as Matt Miller mentions in the video, he wasn't used the same in the Texas A&M defense.
Even with last year’s numbers taking a hit, Porter is still that explosive linebacker who has a lot of upside. He is an athletic linebacker with a quick first step who can chase down ball-carriers and is effective in blitz packages.
Porter also has the ability to play multiple linebacker positions due to his high football IQ and overall athleticism.
Ryan Swope, WR
Where He Was Selected: Sixth Round - 174th Overall to the Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Swope fell a lot further than expected, which means this is a tremendous value pick for the Cardinals. An offense that is desperate for more playmakers to help out Larry Fitzgerald, Swope could see the field rather early and provide an immediate impact. This could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Weight: 205 pounds
Ryan Swope is a wide receiver who has been flying under the radar for the most part.
Once he ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, it further proved that this guy has the tools to play the game at the next level. Combine stats, however, don't always tell the whole story, and Swope isn't somebody who appears to be that fast when watching him on the field. He also isn't as strong as you would like and could struggle against bigger defenders in the NFL.
Jonathan Stewart, LB
Where He Was Selected: Undrafted Free Agent
Weight: 242 pounds
Another Aggies linebacker who will hear his name called at some point is Jonathan Stewart.
While he will have to wait a lot longer than his former teammates, some NFL team will pull the trigger in the later rounds.
Much like Porter, Stewart has a nice combination of size and athleticism, but he is more of a project than anything. Stewart not only struggles in pass coverage, but he isn't the most consistent open-field tackler either.
What Stewart does bring to the table is that he is a long and rangy athlete who covers a ton of ground and is effective at getting after the quarterback.
While Matt Miller did not rank Stewart on his NFL draft big board, the former Texas A&M linebacker will go in the late rounds of this draft.
Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR
Where He Was Selected: Undrafted Free Agent
Weight: 194 pounds
Uzoma Nwachukwu was productive during his years at Texas A&M, but there aren't many folks mentioning his name.
He didn't even receive an invite to the NFL combine, which certainly didn't give him a chance to help his stock.
Underrated or not, Nwachukwu has a chance to play in the league. He has to be one of the faster receivers in this draft, and that ability to fly down the field gives him a shot at making an NFL roster.
He can stretch the field and beat defenses over the top, which will play to his advantage with so many teams leaning in the direction of the spread offense. However, he will have to shake his issues of dropping passes his way if he would like to become a more consistent receiver.
Matt Miller considers Nwachukwu to be the 26th-best receiver. This may be good enough to hear his name called late in the draft.