Scouting the Big 12: Texas A&M

After two years of going in reverse the Aggies look to right the ship. While they may have a tough go of it on the field this year, the A&M program still has several solid NFL prospects who will impact the draft next April.

Highly rated by several scouting organizations, receiver Terrence Murphy is a solid pass catcher and dependable target.  With the ability to get vertical and adjust to the errant throw, Murphy does a solid job using his body to shield away opponents and is a tough wide out that comes away with the difficult reception in a crowd.  Displaying good ball awareness, Murphy always works to make himself an available target and is reliable in every aspect of the game.  Lacking the top playing speed as well as size for a possession receiver, Murphy presently  looks like a prospect that could slide into the late part of the first day and potentially develop into a very good number three receiver at the next level.  The Aggies usually offer solid prospects on the offensive line and this year will be no different.  Jami Hightower returns after sitting out last season with a staph infection.  A solid blocker, Hightower displays good footwork in pass protection, strength at the point of attack and overall blocking range.  Lacking the true height to be a blind side a protector at the next level, he may ultimately be kicked into the guard position yet is solid first day consideration moving towards next April's draft.  Center Geoff Hangartner is a quick blocker on the pivot effective with the shotgun snap.  Immediately getting his hands up into opponents, he does a nice job staying square and is relatively strong at the point of attack.  A solid position blocker Hangartner lacks the top footwork, agility and adjustment to play in space.  To this point he looks like a possible late round selection that will add depth at the next level.  Guard Aldo De La Garza displays solid straight-ahead blocking power and the ability to open holes for the running game.  Blocking with a wide base, De La Garza bends his knees and displays adequate footwork with the ability to slide laterally.  Only a junior, he is one to watch in the future.

Early in his career defense tackle Marcus Jasmin looked like a special prospect and an early draft pick.  A big powerful tackle, he is strong at the point and moves well for a large bodied lineman.  When motivated he constantly disrupts offensive game plans yet with that Jasmin's career has been on the decline recently.  Looking overweight and woefully out of shape, he lumbers around the field and looks like a classic underachiever.  No longer in the starting unit, Jasmin is a prospect that must make football a priority or he will go undrafted next April.  Junior end Johnny Jolly is a solid athlete who moves well laterally and pursues with speed to the flanks.  A hard worker who makes positive plays, Jolly can twist or stunt and is a disciplined lineman that quickly locates the ball.  Though a bit small he is still someone to chart for the future.  Cornerback Byron Jones displays adequate cover skills and is a good special teams player that helps out on coverage units.  Possessing good footwork, he is quick to plant then break on the pass and shows good hands for the pack.  Sized well Jones could make a run up draft boards with a solid senior campaign.  Finally safety Jaxson Appel is a hard hitting defensive back best defending the run.

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