Texas A&M Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Aggie

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Texas A&M Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Aggie

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    The Texas A&M football team has multiple players who are anticipating the start of the NFL draft May 9. There are three Aggies who project to be selected early in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft

    If an Aggie is selected among the top 10 selections in the draft, it will make it four years in a row that an Aggie has been taken with a top-10 pick. In 2011, Von Miller was taken with the No. 2 overall pick by the Denver Broncos. In 2012, the Miami Dolphins used the No. 6 pick to take Ryan Tannehill. In 2013, Luke Joeckel was the No. 2 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    That is an unprecedented run of talent for the team. 

    If an Aggie is taken in the first 10 picks, then Texas A&M will be the only school that can currently boast such an accomplishment.

    This is a look at where the former members of the 2013 Aggie football team can expect to be taken in the 2014 NFL draft. 

OT Jake Matthews

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    Jake Matthews was a two-time All-American tackle for the Aggies and is one of the top offensive linemen available in the draft. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects him to be the No. 6 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons. 

    When Matthews plays his first NFL game, he will be the third member of his family currently on an NFL roster. His cousins, Clay Matthews and Casey Matthews, are already in the league.  Additionally, older brother Kevin Matthews played center for the Tennessee Titans, while his father, Bruce Matthews, is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

    Jake Matthews will be the third member of his family to be a first-round draft pick, following in the footsteps of his father and cousin Clay. He will also make it two years in a row that the Aggies have had an offensive tackle selected in the top 10 following Joeckel in 2013.

    Aggies left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi will try to make it three years in a row in 2015.  

WR Mike Evans

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    Miller projects Mike Evans to be selected No. 7 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Evans took a circuitous route to the NFL. He was a basketball star at Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, who decided to give football a try as a senior after he did not receive any major scholarship offers in basketball. Former Aggies head coach Mike Sherman liked his potential and offered him a scholarship as a wide receiver. 

    Evans burst onto the scene in 2012 with 82 receptions for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns. His catches and receiving yardage set school records for a freshman. He was even better in 2013, with 65 catches for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

    For his efforts, Evans earned All-American honors in 2013 and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the country.

    Evans' 6'5", 230-pound frame gives him an imposing physical advantage over defensive backs and offers an inviting target to quarterbacks. He is still developing as a receiver and will emerge as a star in the NFL as he polishes his game. 

QB Johnny Manziel

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    Miller has Johnny Manziel being selected at No. 8 overall by the Minnesota Vikings.

    Minnesota would be a good place for Manziel to land because the presence of running back Adrian Peterson would alleviate some of the pressure on him to carry the offense. 

    Manziel spent two years in Aggieland and leaves A&M as one of the greatest college football players of all time. As a freshman, he set the SEC record for total yardage with 5,116 yards and became the first freshman in history to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. 

    Manziel passed for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013. His two-season total of 9,989 yards passing and rushing is the most in the history of college football. 

    Johnny Football is an explosive playmaker who will bring excitement to whichever team decides to make him its selection in the first round. He will make that team must-watch television on Sunday afternoons. 

Other Aggies of Note

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    There are three Aggie seniors from the 2013 team that will warrant some consideration in the late rounds of the draft or as undrafted free agents.

    Running back Ben Malena is small by NFL standards, but his speed and ability to help on special teams will warrant a look as a free agent. 

    Wide receiver Derel Walker could slip into the later rounds in the draft. He showed good production in 2013, with 51 receptions for 818 yards. At 6'1" and 188 pounds, he has ideal size for an NFL receiver. 

    Linebacker Nate Askew is a project that a team will take a chance on as an undrafted free agent. His 6'4", 235-pound frame, coupled with his 4.45 speed, has piqued the interest of multiple NFL teams. Do not be surprised to see him sign with a team and playing on Sundays on special teams in 2014.