With the NFL draft completed over the weekend in Chicago, Texas A&M continued their streak of having a player selected in the first round of the draft for the fifth straight year as Cedric Ogbuehi was a slightly surprising first round choice by the Cincinnati Bengals. Overall, the draft was a slight disappointment for the Aggies as guard Jarvis Harrison was the only other player drafted in the fifth round by the New York Jets. Several Aggies were in the running to be drafted in the late rounds but missed out and will battle to make training camp through undrafted free agency. Lets look at the Texas A&M Draft Class 2015 edition.
Texas A&M Draft Class 2015
Cedric Ogbuehi, 21st pick to the Cincinnati Bengals
Despite a disappointing senior season at left tackle for the Aggies, Ogbuehi still went in the first round. This is the third straight year that Texas A&M had an offensive tackle taken in the first round after Luke Joeckel in 2013 and Jake Matthews in 2014. With Andrew Whitworth a lock at left tackle, it gives Ogbuehi a chance to compete for the right tackle spot once he recovers from his ACL tear, but I think it might be a quiet rookie year for him.
Jarvis Harrison, 152nd pick to the New York Jets
The Jets have been a power running team for many years and without a proven quarterback it makes sense that they strengthen the offensive line if they plan to keep running the ball consistently. Harrison will provide competition at a position where the Jets are already stacked with James Carpenter signed in free agency from the Seahawks and Willie Colon returning. Waiting in the wings are Dakota Dozier, who was drafted last year, and Brian Winters, who is only entering his third year in the pros. Because of the already-existing depth, Harrison might find himself buried in the depth chart for a few years as he develops.
Undrafted Free Agents:
Defensive back Deshazor Everett was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive back Floyd Raven was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals
Blocking tight end Cameron Clear was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Kicker Josh Lambo was signed by the San Diego Chargers
Wide receiver Malcome Kennedy was signed by the New Orleans Saints
Running back Trey Williams was signed by the Houston Texans
So whilst a lot of potential prospects went undrafted, the ex-Aggie players will still get a chance at training camp to make an impression and hopefully at least make it onto the practice squad with their new teams.