NEW YORK- After a record-setting college career, Texas A&M’s Martellus Bennett was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the five-time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Bennett was the fourth tight end selected on the first day of the NFL Draft and was the 61st player taken overall. Bennett looks to be in line to back up Pro Bowler Jason Witten after the Cowboys traded second-team tight end Anthony Fasano on Friday.
In fact, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, whose father, Bum Phillips, was an A&M assistant coach in 1957, told the Dallas Morning News that the Cowboys don't consider the 6-7, 250-pound Bennett a backup tight end. Phillips made a veiled comparison to San Diego's Antonio Gates, who also played college hoops.
"He's going to add a dimension to our offense," Phillips told the Morning News.
Bennett was comfortable in the trenches and split out wide for the Aggies as he set the tight end school record for receiving yards and matched the TE school mark for catches in just three seasons of action. He also set a school record with at least one catch in 29 consecutive games. He finished his career with 105 catches for 1,246 yards.
Bennett was the lone Aggie selected on the first day of the NFL Draft, but a host of A&M gridders have a chance to hear their names called in rounds 3-7 on Sunday including: fullback Chris Alexander (Humble, Texas), defensive tackle Red Bryant (Jasper, Texas), cornerback Marquis Carpenter (Melbourne, Fla.), offensive tackle Corey Clark (Spring Branch, Texas), wide receiver Kerry Franks (Orange, Texas), defensive end Chris Harrington (Houston, Texas), defensive back Stephen Hodge (Richardson, Texas), defensive tackle Henry Smith (Aliceville, Ala.), wide receiver Earvin Taylor (Mission, Texas), tight end Joey Thomas (Austin, Texas), linebacker Misi Tupe (St. George, Utah) and Cody Wallace (Cuero, Texas).