The dust has settled from this year’s NFL Draft and 8 Aggies have signed to play at the next level. From the first round draft pick in Cedric Ogbuehi to undrafted free agent Malcome Kennedy, each of these players were an integral part to elevating A&M football to what it is today. With the help of their leadership and ability to adapt, A&M’s experienced a very successful transition to the SEC.
OT Cedric Ogbuehi – 21st overall pick (Round 1) – Cincinnati Bengals
With offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi being selected in the first round, Texas A&M extended their streak of first round draft picks to 5 years straight. Additionally, A&M is only the 3rd school to have an offensive lineman drafted in the first round for 3 years straight.
Ogbuehi chose to forgo last year’s NFL draft despite receiving a first round draft grade. This unselfish move was monumental in holding together an offensive line that had already lost numerous starters and two 1st-rounders over the past two years.
OG Jarvis Harrison – 152nd overall pick (Round 5) – New York Jets
The Jets selecting Jarvis Harrison gave the Aggies their second drafted player in 2015. Him, Ogbuehi, and fellow senior Garrett Gramling were the final remnants from a 2010 offensive line recruiting class that may go down as the best in college football history. It consisted of Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, Cedric Ogbuehi, Jarvis Harrison, Garrett Gramling, and Shep Klinke; and it gave the Aggies 3 first round draft picks and 4 total over the past 3 years.
Harrison was a glue guy for the coaching staff playing a multitude of positions along the offensive line. He was a 3 years starter for the Aggies and a player whose experience and versatility will be sorely missed.
Undrafted Free Agents
K Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers
From the soccer field to the gridiron, Lambo walked on A&M and provided stability at field goals and extra points. He was 111 of 112 on extra points during his 3 years at A&M, and he was a perfect 59 of 59 this past season. When it came to field goals, he was no slouch either. Of his 15 field goals attempted, he only missed 2 which were both exceeding 40 yards.
WR Malcome Kennedy – New Orleans Saints
Not enough can be said about how much Malcome Kennedy means to this team. Remember when he was injured during the Arkansas game and proceeded to miss games against Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama? A seemingly potent air raid attack suddenly came to a screeching halt. Young receivers made several drops, route running was not in sync, and there was a clear lack of presence in the middle of the field. Kennedy was the cog that made everything move smoothly up to that point and his insertion back into the starting lineup helped the Aggies stun #3 Auburn on the road.
S Floyd Raven – Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals added two Aggies this draft. After selecting Ogbuehi in the first round, they have brought Floyd Raven onboard as well. Raven started 5 games in both 2014 and 2013. He also played an integral role on special teams logging the 2nd most tackles as a senior and blocking two field goal kicks as a junior.
TE Cam Clear – Pittsburgh Steelers
While Cam Clear was a freakish athlete, the coaching staff had fits trying to utilize him in the game plan. He posted some of the fastest shuttle times at the NFL Combine, yet remained a wary prospect for NFL teams because of limited game tape. Over 2 seasons with the Aggies, he caught 9 passes for a total of 76 yards.
DB Deshazor Everett – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Deshazor Everett will join former teammate and 2014 1st round draft pick Mike Evans in Tampa Bay. The Bucs are getting a steal here as Everett was A&M’s most consistent corner over the past two seasons. He led the team in solo tackles his senior year and was second in total tackles. He undoubtedly faced off against Mike Evans during the 2013 season and could get a chance to do the same in training camp.
RB Trey Williams – Washington Redskins
While initial reports had Trey Williams getting invited to tryout for the Texans, those plans changed today. Instead, the shifty junior will sign with the Washington Redskins. Trey turned some heads at the NFL combine when he notched the 3rd fastest 40 time (4.49 seconds) and the 3rd fastest 3-cone drill (6.84 seconds). For the Aggies, he was always a part of the running back by committee approach where he hustled his way to 1,343 total yards during his 3-year college football career. Perhaps most important were his contributions in the return game where he amassed 1,684 yards over 3 seasons.