Oh what a wild year for the exiting players of Texas A&M. Once dubbed as the successor to "The Bus" Jerome Bettis, running back Jorvorskie Lane has fallen off the map of Aggie fans and NFL Scouts alike. On the other hand, Quarterback Stephen McGee continues to showcase his resilience with his staggering climb up the draft boards. It will be an interesting Saturday and Sunday for the former men in maroon, and Websider brings you a breakdown of the four most likely to hear their name called this weekend.
Stephen McGee – QB
Stephen's feast or famine career at Texas A&M may be peaking at the right time for the oft-injured and oft-criticized quarterback, who nonetheless showed glimpses of the form many expected of him when he came to College Station. McGee has been one of the stars of the draft, largely in part to his 4.66 forty time, second only to West Virginia's Pat White. Stephen has the size and quickness of an NFL star, but questions about his accuracy and decision making under pressure remain. Still, his measurables and the quality of balls he has thrown during the combine should make him the first Aggie off of the board.
Top 5 Teams for Stephen: 1) Denver 2) New England 3) New York (Jets) 4) Tennessee 5) Dallas
Websider Projection: Round 4
Mike Goodson –RB
Another player lost in the swarm of personnel changes and differences in offensive philosophy, Goodson was never able to fully showcase the obvious talent he has. Unfortunately for Goodson, questions did not need to be added concerning his character in the offseason as he already does not have the prototypical frame of an NFL RB. Following a disappointing lift at the combine at only 14 reps, he will have to wait until the later rounds before a team is ready to take a chance on a player that is part receiver, part returner, and part third down back. However, he did rank 7th in the forty and 3rd in the vertical among backs, so there should still be a roster spot for Mike come the fall.
Top 5 Teams for Mike: 1) New York (Giants) 2) Indianapolis 3) Atlanta 4) Houston 5) New Orleans
Websider Projection: Round 4
Michael Bennett – DE
While brother Martellus was away making a name for himself on the Cowboys, Michael did a good job of asserting himself on Kyle Field and thrusting his combination of size and athleticism into the draft conversation. Some draft guru's have projected him as a sleeper, noting that if he can ever turn it on for an entire game or season, he is close to unstoppable. What he lacks in pure speed he makes up for with great agility and hands, although he has a noted history of taking plays off as well. His lack of pass rushing skills may take some teams, such as the Bills, out of the conversation, but he should be taken on day two.
Top 5 Teams for Michael: 1) Atlanta 2) Tampa Bay 3) New York (Jets) 4) Cincinnati 5) Washington
Websider Projection: Round 6
Justin Brantly – P
Last but not least, the final senior projected to make a squad in this year's draft may also be the most irreplaceable. Brantly's kicks were at times overshadowed by the Aggies' abysmal coverage team, but the fact remains he was one of the most prolific kickers in the country. His 45.7 yard average his senior year should put him close to Lechler in terms of comparison, although his hang time was sporadic throughout the year. He is typically mentioned among the top 3 punters in the draft, which should mean he can squeak on a roster spot at the conclusion of the draft.
Top 5 Teams for Brantly: 1) Green Bay 2) Cincinnati 3) Pittsburgh 4) Atlanta 5) Washington
Websider Projection: Free Agent Pickup
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