No. 2 Fullback – Jorvorskie Lane, 6-0, 285 – 5th Round Projection
Lane enters the 2008 season needing just one touchdown to set the all-time school record with 46 trips into the endzone after three years at tailback. But when Sherman arrived in College Station, one of the first orders of business was to let Lane know he would be moving to fullback. Lane has struggled to keep his weight in check, and that may be the biggest obstacle that Lane faces on draft day next spring. If he's able to get down to a manageable 265-275 pounds, with his athleticism and soft hands, he could move up on the draft board.
No. 6 Defensive End – Michael Bennett, 6-4, 261 – 3rd/4th Round Projection
Bennett is one of the most talented defensive linemen on the Aggies' roster heading into his senior season. He was honorable mention All-Big 12 a year ago and racked up 43 tackles (6 TFL). He needs to maintain his grades so that he's able to play this season, but he'll have a solid chance of joining brother, Martellus, at the next level in 2009.
No. 6 Offensive Guard – Michael Shumard, 6-5, 301 – 4th/5th Round Projection
Shumard started five games for the Aggies and was a big reason for the Aggies' success on the ground. A&M was the only school in the nation to have three rushers post 700 yards rushing or more last year (McGee, Goodson, Lane). It's doubtful that Shumard would pass up his senior season in Aggieland to go in the fourth or fifth round, where nfldraftscout.com has him projected currently. But as one of the leaders of a very inexperienced offensive line this year, he'll have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do.
No. 8 Running Back – Michael Goodson, 6-0, 196 – 4th/5th Round Projection
Goodson may have the biggest room for improvement as far as draft projections are concerned on this year's Aggie roster. He's been underutilized during his first two seasons, but expect new head coach Mike Sherman to get him 20-30 touches per game, showing off his explosive speed and quick feet. He probably wouldn't leave after his junior season for fourth round money either, but if he has the kind of junior campaign that he's capable of, he may find himself moving up quite a bit. But if that happens, it probably means that the Aggies had one hell of a season, with freshman phenom Bradley Stephens waiting in the wings.
No. 11 Defensive End – Cyril Obiozor, 6-4, 264 – 5th Round Projection
Obiozor is another player who could benefit from a great 2008 season. The previous coaching staff thought he was the most naturally gifted player on the defensive line, he just hasn't performed up to his capabilities yet. If the Aggies play a much more aggressive style of defense as advertised over the off-season, then he may have a chance to show off his skills. He led the Aggies in sacks (3.5) and TFL (9.5) last year, and you can bet he's looking to improve those numbers in his final year of college ball.
No. 13 Quarterback – Stephen McGee, 6-3, 207 – 7th Round Projection
If there's anyone who could get drafted on heart and work ethic alone, it's McGee. The kid is a gamer that most GM's would love to have in the locker room. However, football isn't the only thing that McGee has going for him. He'll have at least two degrees from Texas A&M when he finishes playing college football, so he's not going to be out on the streets if it doesn't work out. However, a solid year in Mike Sherman's pro-style, West Coast Offense, could show that he is, indeed, capable of throwing the football, in addition to running the option and taking wicked hits. He'll leave A&M as the leading quarterback in school history, and most fans would probably be thrilled to have McGee represent A&M at the next level.
No. 8 Punter – Justin Brantly, 6-3, 241 – Free Agent Projection
There usually aren't eight punters who get drafted in the NFL, but Brantly, who is one of the top three returning punters in the nation this season and is expected to be one of the favorites to compete for the Ray Guy Award (nation's top punter). He's got 52 career 50-yard punts and his average of 43.9 yards is second in school history to current NFL All-Pro Shane Lechler's 44.7. He could get picked up in the late rounds, but he'll definitely get some looks from teams as a free agent.
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