Texas A&M Football: Where Did the Aggies Get Drafted?
The 2013 NFL draft is now complete, and five Aggies were selected by five different teams. When Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was selected with the second overall pick of the draft, he made a little school history.
Jacksonville selected Joeckel No. 2 overall, which means that Aggies have produced a top 10 selection in the NFL draft for three consecutive years.
The 2013 draft marks the first time in school history that the Aggies have produced first-round picks in three consecutive years. Von Miller was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 draft, and Ryan Tannehill was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2012 draft.
The consecutive years with first-round picks are an indicator of the influx in talent into the Texas A&M program over the past five years. Aggie offensive tackle Jake Matthews should continue the Texas A&M streak of first-round picks in the 2014 draft.
The talent roaming around the Texas A&M campus right now is as good at is has ever been in the history of the program. As long as the Aggies continue to recruit and develop well, they will remain one of the top programs in the Southeastern Conference.
This is a look at where all of the Aggies were selected in the 2013 draft.
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Aggie All-American left tackle Luke Joeckel did not have to wait long to hear his name called in the 2013 draft. He was selected No. 2 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It was the second time in the past three years that the Aggies have produced the No. 2 selection of the draft. The Denver Broncos used the No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 draft on Von Miller.
Joeckel was probably the safest pick in the draft. He is a dominant left tackle who proved his mettle against the top pass-rushers in the Southeastern Conference.
Many people felt that the Kansas City Chiefs would take Joeckel with the first pick of the draft. The Chiefs decided to go with Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher,
Fisher is an inch taller than Joeckel and ran a faster 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, but has played weaker competition than Joeckel in the MAC.
Joeckel should excel as a rookie in Jacksonville at either right or left tackle. He will help set the foundation for the rebuilding of that franchise.
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Texas A&M running back Christine Michael was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round, with the No. 62 overall pick in the draft. Michael increased his draft stock when he blew up the NFL combine in February, with the top performance at his position in multiple categories.
Michael rushed for 417 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He struggled with injuries throughout his career in Aggieland but has the talent to be a very good NFL running back.
Michael will likely back up Marshawn Lynch in 2013. As long as Michael stays healthy, he should have a long and successful NFL career.
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The New York Giants used their third-round pick to select Aggie defensive end Damontre Moore. Many projected Moore to be a first-round selection when he declared early for the draft, but his poor performance at the NFL combine caused him to fall down draft boards.
Moore is a naturally gifted pass-rusher who had 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 2012. He was a dominant defensive player who earned All-American honors.
A poor 40 should not negate what Moore did on the field, but apparently that was all it took. The Giants got a steal in the third round with a gifted pass-rusher who is only 20 years old.
As Moore matures on and off the field, he should develop into an outstanding pro football player.
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Sean Porter was selected with the No. 118 overall selection by the Cincinnati Bengals. Like Moore, Porter should prove to be a very good value in this draft.
In 2012, Porter had 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception for the Aggies. He proved an effective pass-rusher in 2011 when he had 9.5 sacks.
Porter excels in all phases of the game. He was a leader on the 2012 team and has always been a player his teammates and coaches can count on.
He and Luke Joeckel are the best bets out of this draft class to have lengthy NFL careers.
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Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope spent the last four years rewriting the Aggie record books. He graduated as the career record-holder in receptions and receiving yards.
Swope was selected in the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 174 pick overall. There is no definitive reason why Swope lasted until the sixth round of the draft.
Swope repeatedly displayed the ability to make plays against the best defenses in college. He should have an outstanding NFL career. He is the type of player who people will look at five years from now and wonder how he fell so far in the draft.
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Seven seniors on the Texas A&M Football team signed contracts with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Patrick Lewis (Green Bay Packers), Spencer Nealy (New York Jets), Uzoma Nwachukwu (Houston Texans), Dustin Harris (Dallas Cowboys), Steven Terrell (Jacksonville Jaguars), C.J. Jones (Kansas City Chiefs) and Jonathan Stewart (St. Louis Rams) all signed free agent contracts.
Lewis, Nealy, Harris and Terrell are the most likely to stick with their teams. Lewis is simply a very good football player who likely would have been drafted if he was taller.
Nealy is going to be a player who is very hard for any team to cut. He plays all out on every play. Do not be surprised if he ends up on the Jets practice squad.
Harris has ideal size for an NFL cornerback at 6'0" 180 pounds. He can be a special teams standout and the Cowboys keep a lot of their undrafted free agents. Tony Romo and Miles Austin both made the Cowboys squad without being drafted.
Terrell has a shot with the Jaguars because he is a good athlete, and the Jaguars need all the help they can get.