Texas A&M Football: 2014 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results
For the Texas A&M Aggies, the 2014 NFL draft class is all about quality, not quantity.
A&M boasts three players who are essentially top-10 locks, highlighted by the draft's most polarizing prospect, Johnny Manziel.
Some see him as the No. 1 overall pick, while others are much more critical. Then there's Mike Evans, who many believe is the No. 2 wide receiver in the class. Finally, the Aggies will send off a top-flight offensive lineman in Jake Matthews.
We'll take a look at the situation facing all three members of the A&M trio. Check back after draft day to see where each was taken and the new scenario they'll take on as members of NFL franchises.
OT Jake Matthews
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 6 to Atlanta
Weight: 308 pounds
Analysis: Jake Matthews has the talent to play right away and is the perfect pick for Atlanta. The Falcons fell far short of expectations last season due to poor offensive line play. They have other pieces in place, and Matthews will help a lot up front from the get-go.
Replacements: The left tackle slot at Texas A&M is a coveted position, and the Aggies already have a suitable replacement. Senior Cedric Ogbuehi will slide from left over to right tackle to replace Jake Matthews. The transition should be relatively seamless, as Ogubuehi could develop into a first-round candidate by season’s end.
WR Mike Evans
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 7 to Tampa Bay
Weight: 231 pounds
Analysis: Matt Miller was right on with Mike Evans going No. 7 to Tampa Bay, and he'll provide a huge helping hand to its offense right away. He's the most physically imposing receiver in this draft and he'll join Vincent Jackson to make a frightening receiving corps for the Bucs.
Replacement: It will be tough to replace the physicality of Mike Evans, and it could take some time for a go-to guy to be established. Even still, A&M should be pretty well loaded at receiver. The top candidates are Ricky Seals-Jones (who saw his promising freshman campaign cut short by injury), Malcome Kennedy and Edward Pope, as well as newcomers Speedy Noil (a 5-star early enrollee) and Frank Iheanacho.
QB Johnny Manziel
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 22 to Cleveland
Weight: 207 pounds
Analysis: Two hours and 45 minutes later, Johnny Manziel did get drafted by Cleveland—it was just 18 picks after expected. Manziel will bring excitement to a Cleveland franchise that is in desperate need of it. The Browns are getting one of the few players in the draft with the potential to change a franchise—and they did it late in the first round.
Replacement: Replacing the legendary Johnny Football won’t be easy, but Texas A&M already has some players lined up for the task. With Matt Joeckel now out of the running and headed to TCU, the battle is down to Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen. Hill has limited experience, but brings mobility similar to that of Manziel. Meanwhile, Allen was the No. 1 QB in the 247Sports composite rankings last year and is well suited to sling it around the yard in the Aggies’ air raid offense.