Three Aggies Drafted in Round One

Texas A&M has produced a first-round draft pick for the fourth straight season, something which has never happened before.

No. 6 Atlanta Falcons - OL Jake Matthews

Matthews was the first Aggie selected.

Matthews is now the fourth member of the famed Matthews football family to be selected in the first round joining (uncle) Clay Matthews Jr. (12th overall to the Cleveland Browns in 1978), (father) Bruce Matthews (ninth overall to the Houston Oilers in 1983) and (cousin) Clay Matthews III (26th overall to the Green Bay Packers in 2009).

Moments after his selection the announcer joked that he had joined his family business.

"The NFL has been a dream of mine since I was a kid," Matthews replied. "I just feel so blessed right now."

Texas A&M has produced at least one top 10 pick in each of the past three years, which has never happened before.
    
No. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - WR Mike Evans

One pick later Evans came off the board, making it the first time that Aggies have went back-to-back in the Top 10.
    
The Aggies have now had multiple top 10 selections for the fourth time in school history, and for the first time since 1980.

Evans was Texas A&M’s first-ever wide receiver to be picked in the first round of the draft.

No. 22 Cleveland Browns - QB Johnny Manziel

Manziel slid down the board more than most experts projected, but with Browns' selection, the Aggies’ last two starting quarterbacks are first round picks.

A&M has had three players taken in the first round only one other time – 1994.
   
Manziel and Evans, both redshirt sophomores, were early entrants into the NFL Draft. It’s the second straight year that a pair of Aggies were early entries, joining Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore from 2013.

Texas A&M has now had 32 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in its history.


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