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Draft Class Review: Texas A&M

After producing three first-round picks last year and six overall since 2011, Texas A&M continued that tradition in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ultimately, their two-player draft class was the program’s smallest since 2011, when Von Miller was the lone Aggie selected.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that both of Texas A&M’s draftees came on the offensive line—a position that’s produced recent first-rounders in Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2015 Texas A&M draft class, including several notable undrafted free agents. 

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Cincinnati Bengals (1st round, 21st overall)

Obviously NFL teams are no longer scared by ACL injuries, as both Todd Gurley and Cedric Ogbuehi went in the first round despite not being fully recovered from their respective knee injuries. The Bengals targeted the 6’5”, 306-pound tackle with the 21st pick and were lucky enough to get their man. Assuming he rehabs to 100 percent, Ogbuehi could end up being a steal.

Possessing some of the longest arms of any draft prospect in recent memory (35 7/8”), the 2014 third-team All-American played both left and right tackle during his Texas A&M career. Hailed as a more gifted athlete and higher-upside prospect than either Matthews or Joeckel, Ogbuehi’s play didn’t always live up to expectations. He lands in an ideal situation in Cincinnati, where he can learn from Andrew Whitworth before taking over as a starter in 2016.

Jarvis Harrison, OG, New York Jets (5th round, 152nd overall)

Yet another uber-talented offensive lineman to come out of Texas A&M, Harrison’s talent level far exceeded his draft status. Unfortunately, he didn’t consistently play up to that talent, and those work ethic concerns caused him to tumble to the fifth round. The Jets may have stumbled upon a potential steal with the massive 6’4”, 330-pounder, who could even compete for a starting spot at guard as a rookie.

Deshazor Everett, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Undrafted Free Agent)NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 20 Texas A&M at SMU

From a size-speed perspective, Everett checks off all the boxes. Despite his aggressive style and competitive nature, he simply got toasted too much in college. His hitting ability should make him a natural on special teams, which is exactly where he’ll have to stand out in order to make the Buccaneers roster as an undrafted free agent. 

Cameron Clear, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Undrafted Free Agent)

Listed as a tight end, 6’5”, 277-pound Cameron Clear may end up converting to offensive tackle with the Steelers. A pure blocking tight end at Texas A&M, he has plus athleticism to be an offensive tackle. Obviously it’s too early to read into his projection, but he’s an interesting name to keep an eye on for the future.

Trey Williams, RB, Washington Redskins (Undrafted Agent)  

In a class full of quality running backs, Trey Williams going undrafted still surprised me. Sure, he’s undersized (5’7”, 195), but he has great speed and quickness that can be harnessed by a creative offensive coordinator.

A true make-you-miss runner with the ball in his hands, Williams is exactly the opposite type of back as Redskins third-round pick Matt Jones. Ironically, the undrafted free agent could end up being the more effective and exiting pro as long as he can stay healthy.

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