Texas A&M Aggies: NFL draft

Three Aggies in initial NFL mock draft

December, 12, 2012
ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. released his first projection of the first round of the 2013 NFL draft on Wednesday and there are three Texas A&M juniors who made the cut: tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews and defensive end Damontre Moore.

Take a glance at McShay's full first-round mock draft to see where all three fell in his initial projections.

Note that none of the three players have yet declared whether they are applying for early entry into the draft or staying for their respective senior seasons. All three are eligible to declare if they choose to.

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Joeckel, Matthews help make A&M go

November, 21, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- You've seen the highlights.

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesTexas A&M junior tackle Luke Joeckel is projected as a top-10 pick in next April's NFL draft.
Johnny Manziel runs right. Johnny Manziel runs left. Johnny Manziel runs a circle around Arkansas. Johnny Manziel runs into his own right tackle, Jake Matthews, loses the football, catches it and throws a touchdown pass to Ryan Swope against Alabama.

These plays help Texas A&M's redshirt freshman quarterback make the highlight reels that have accentuated his nickname, "Johnny Football." And in the vast majority of these instances, Manziel finds a lot of time in the pocket or in the backfield as his offensive line blocks and blocks and blocks and blocks some more.

"It gets pretty tiring," junior left tackle Luke Joeckel said, laughing. "There have been a few games where I feel like we're going on 15-second plays."

But left tackle Joeckel, right tackle Jake Matthews, guards Jarvis Harrison and Cedric Ogbuehi and center Patrick Lewis have conditioned for this. They've developed a chemistry with the young signal caller that has helped Texas A&M's offense rank fifth in the nation (543.7 yards per game) and put Manziel into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

All five have performed admirably this season, and NFL scouts have flocked to Texas A&M games to evaluate Joeckel and Matthews in particular.

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