Texas A&M Aggies: 2013 NFL draft

TAMU draft hopefuls to watch for 2014 

April, 29, 2013
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Texas A&M had five players chosen in the 2013 NFL draft last week: offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (No. 2 overall, Jacksonville), running back Christine Michael (62nd overall, Seattle), defensive end Damontre Moore (81st, New York Giants), linebacker Sean Porter (118th, Cincinnati) and receiver Ryan Swope (174th, Arizona).

Who could be candidates to have their names called at this time next year, when the 2014 NFL draft arrives? Here are some names to know, both seniors and non-seniors:

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Video: Luke Joeckel in Gruden's QB Camp

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At Jon Gruden's QB Camp, former Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel discusses blitz pickup and being a nasty offensive lineman.
Jerrod JohnsonThomas Campbell/US PresswireFormer Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson still has hopes of playing in the NFL.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- While several Texas A&M NFL draft hopefuls ran routes and caught passes, the throws were from a face familiar to Aggieland.

One by one, the crisp, well-spun tosses from former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson fell into the hands of guys like Ryan Swope, Christine Michael, Uzoma Nwachukwu and Kenric McNeal -- each of whom recently wrapped up their Aggie careers.

While Texas A&M's pro day on Friday at the McFerrin Athletic Center was a showcase for the Aggies' 2013 class of prospects, it was also a chance for Johnson to show his retooled throwing motion to the nearly 50 NFL personnel on hand, representing all 32 NFL teams.

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Ryan SwopeThomas Campbell/US PresswireRyan Swope had an impressive season, and also impressed during his pro day.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Most people might have been surprised by his 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine, but Ryan Swope wasn't.

Neither was his head coach at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin.

After putting together impressive testing marks at the scouting combine, the 6-foot, 206-pound receiver, who broke several school records while at Texas A&M, gave all 32 NFL teams an up-close-and-personal look at just how skilled and athletic he is during Texas A&M's pro day on Friday at the McFerrin Athletic Center.

The receiver, who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the combine, the second-best time of all players there, didn't test again but did positional drills, catching passes from former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Swope apparently impressed in that regard as well.

"When you look at him, watching his athleticism, watching him run around when he runs routes, I thought that was impressive to see," Oakland Raiders head coach and former Texas A&M player Dennis Allen said. "You can see it on tape, his toughness and his love of the game. But getting the chance to see him in person and see his athleticism was impressive."

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Defensive end Damontre Moore has been through his fair share of adversity through his Texas A&M career, so these days he's not the type to worry about it when he faces it.

But his performance at the NFL scouting combine last month -- specifically in the bench press -- affected him differently. It humbled him significantly.

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Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsTexas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore shored up his bench press performance Friday, making up for his struggles at the NFL scouting combine.
Moore admittedly isn't a weight room warrior, so he wasn't expecting to blow other defensive linemen out of the water with his number of repetitions at 225 pounds. But the number he posted, the number that stuck out like a sore thumb on his combine résumé -- 12 -- was one that brought him to tears.

"I was really disappointed, upset," Moore said on Friday inside the McFerrin Athletic Center after Texas A&M's pro day. "I even cried like a little baby. I cried in the corner and then came back and start encouraging."

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect laughed and smiled about it on Friday, because it's in the past now. During the Aggies' pro day, Moore put up a better number in the bench press -- 19 -- but it still wasn't an ideal performance. During the three-cone drill, he aggravated a hamstring injury that he suffered at the combine, so it wasn't his best output.

"I tweaked my hamstring but I fought through it and I feel like I put my best foot forward," Moore said. "At the end of the day, that's all you can do. I'll let God take over the rest."

Moore did not run the 40-yard dash in part because of the injury, standing pat with his time of 4.95 seconds that he posted in Indianapolis. The Dallas product added 10 pounds since the combine, weighing in at 260 on Friday. In the three-cone drill, most hand-timed in the high-4.2-second to low-4.3-second range in the short shuttle and about 7.0-7.1 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also participated in linebacker drills for 3-4 defensive teams that might look at Moore as a potential outside linebacker, a position he played at Texas A&M before 2012.

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Impact of Joeckel's exit on Manziel

January, 9, 2013
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Texas A&M junior left tackle Luke Joeckel was presented with an opportunity he couldn't pass up. He didn't.

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Brett Davis/US PresswireTexas A&M's Luke Joeckel has been projected to be a top-five pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound winner of the Outland Trophy officially announced on Tuesday that he is bypassing his senior season and declaring for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft. Many projections have Joeckel going in the top five selections, and some even have him going first overall. He's the consensus top tackle on the draft board.

With the Jan. 15 deadline to declare approaching, only right tackle Jake Matthews remains among those highly-regarded draft-eligible A&M juniors who haven't officially announced a decision. Defensive end Damontre Moore declared before the AT&T Cotton Bowl that he's entering the draft.

Joeckel's loss is significant because he was a stalwart at left tackle. He was stellar in pass protection and solid in run blocking as well. All the reasons scouts like him as a potential NFL player are why he was an asset to the Aggies this season. He was durable and reliable. Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl described Joeckel as having excellent footwork and awareness and called him a "smooth mover" who "adjusts well in space."

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Matthews, Joeckel are top tackle prospects 

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ESPN and Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl takes a glance at Texas A&M offensive tackle tandem Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, who will be the top prospects at offensive tackle should they declare for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft.

Weidl also takes a look at a trio of other Aggies and what their draft hopes might be as well as some prospects from the Aggies' opponent in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma.

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Aggies have options in replacing DE Moore

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The news of Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore's decision to declare for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft wasn't entirely unexpected.

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Ray Carlin/Icon SMIDefensive end Damontre Moore had 12.5 sacks for the Aggies after moving from outside linebacker.
After a strong junior season in which he earned first-team All-American honors from several publications and organizations and compiled some of the best statistics in the nation for his position (80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss) in the Southeastern Conference, Moore's draft stock was as high as it has been. It could be argued that he wouldn't be able to elevate his stock higher than it is now.

So where do the Aggies go from here?

The good news is, there's another young defensive end on the roster, one who showed a lot of promise this season: freshman Julien Obioha. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound New Orleans Brother Martin product won the starting job at defensive end opposite Moore and showed flashes of his ability this season, with four quarterback hurries, six pass breakups, a forced fumble, a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

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