NEW YORK --- Texas A&M could become the first football program to produce three top 10 selections in the same NFL Draft since 2010 when the NFL kicks off its first round at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday and will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
Invited to New York City by the NFL were Texas A&M All-Americans Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel and Jake Matthews. The Aggie trio are expected to be first-round picks and some mock drafts project them as top 10 picks. The last school to have three top 10 picks in the draft was Oklahoma in 2010.
TEXAS A&M NFL DRAFT NOTES
· Some mock drafts have three Aggies going within the first 10 picks. The last time a school produced three top 10 NFL selections was 2010 when Oklahoma had Sam Bradford (1), Gerald McCoy (3) and Trent Williams (4) drafted within the first four picks.
· A&M has had three players taken in the first round once – 1994: Sam Adams, DL (#8) Seattle Seahawks, Aaron Glenn, DB (#12) New York Jets; Greg Hill, RB (#25) Kansas City Chiefs
· Texas A&M has never produced a No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Five Aggies have been drafted No. 2 overall – Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville Jaguars, 2013), Von Miller (Denver Broncos, 2011), Quentin Coryatt (Indianapolis Colts, 1992), John David Crow (1958, St. Louis Cardinals) and John Kimbrough (1941, Chicago Cardinals).
· Texas A&M could have multiple top 10 selections for the fourth time in school history, and for the first time since 1980 when RB Curtis Dickey was picked fifth overall by the Baltimore Colts and DL Jacob Green was taken 10th by the Seattle Seahawks. The Aggies have never had three players taken in the top 10.
· Aggies are expected to have multiple first-round picks for the first time since 2003 when DT Ty Warren (New England Patriots) and CB Sammy Davis (San Diego Chargers) were both taken in the first round.
· Texas A&M could produce a first-round draft pick for the fourth straight season, which has never happened before.
· Texas A&M has produced at least one top 10 pick in each of the past three years, which has never happened before. The previous top 10 picks are OT Luke Joeckel (#2), QB Ryan Tannehill (#8) and LB Von Miller (#2).
· Texas A&M has had 29 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in its history.
· Since 1975, at least one Aggie has been selected in the NFL Draft in 37 of 38 possible years with the lone no-pick year in 2007.
· Until Ryan Tannehill’s No. 8 overall selection in 2012, Texas A&M had just one quarterback picked in the first round. With Johnny Manziel’s expected selection, the Aggies’ last two starting QBs will be top 10 picks in the first round.
· Mike Evans is projected to be Texas A&M’s first-ever wide receiver to be picked in the first round. Terrence Murphy (second round/58th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2005) and Robert Ferguson (second round/41st overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2001) were the previous highs.
· Jake Matthews is seeking to become the Aggies’ fourth offensive lineman to be picked in the first round. A&M’s first-round offensive linemen include Maurice Moorman (19th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968), Richmond Webb (ninth overall by the Miami Dolphins in 1990) and Luke Joeckel (second overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013).
· Matthews is projected to become the fourth member of the famed Matthews football family to be selected in the first round – (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).
· The only Aggies to be drafted in the first round by a team from the state of Texas are Billy Cannon Jr. (25th overall to the Dallas Cowboys in 1984) and Ray Childress (third overall to the Houston Oilers in 1985).
· According to the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, Johnny Manziel has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and Instagram. The next highest amount of Twitter/Instagram followers by 2014 NFL Draft prospects is Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron with 276,249.
· Johnny Manziel and Mike 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.
· Manziel and Evans are the 11th and 12th Aggies to enter the NFL Draft early. The previous early entries are Robert Wilson (1991), Patrick Bates (1993), Sam Adams (1994), Greg Hill (1994), Leeland McElroy (1996), Robert Ferguson (2001), Martellus Bennett (2008), Mike Goodson (2009), Luke Joeckel (2013) and Damontre Moore (2013). Manziel and Evans are the first redshirt sophomores to declare early in A&M history.
Texas A&M’s NFL First-Round Picks (by Year)
Luke Joeckel - OL - 2nd overall - Jacksonville Jaguars - 2013
Ryan Tannehill - QB - 8th overall - Miami Dolphins - 2012
Von Miller - LB - 2nd overall - Denver Broncos - 2011
Ty Warren - DL - 13th overall - New England Patriots - 2003
Sammy Davis - DB - 30th overall - San Diego Chargers - 2003
Reggie Brown - LB - 17th overall - Detroit Lions - 1996
Sam Adams - DL - 8th overall - Seattle Seahawks - 1994
Aaron Glenn - DB - 12th overall - New York Jets - 1994
Greg Hill - RB - 25th overall - Kansas City Chiefs - 1994
Patrick Bates - DB - 12th overall - Los Angeles Raiders - 1993
Quentin Coryatt - LB - 2nd overall - Indianapolis Colts - 1992
Kevin Smith - DB - 17th overall - Dallas Cowboys - 1992
Richmond Webb - OL - 9th overall - Miami Dolphins - 1990
Roger Vick - RB - 21st overall - New York Jets - 1987
Rod Bernstine - TE - 24th overall - San Diego Chargers - 1987
Ray Childress - DL - 3rd overall - Houston Oilers - 1985
Billy Cannon - LB - 25th overall - Dallas Cowboys - 1984
Curtis Dickey - RB - 5th overall - Baltimore Colts - 1980
Jacob Green - DL - 10th overall - Seattle Seahawks - 1980
Robert Jackson - LB - 17th overall - Cleveland Browns - 1977
Bubba Bean - RB - 9th overall - Atlanta Falcons - 1976
Tim Gray - DB - 21st overall - St. Louis Cardinals - 1975
Larry Stegent - RB - 8th overall - St. Louis Cardinals - 1970
Maurice Moorman - OL - 19th overall - Kansas City Chiefs - 1968
John David Crow - RB - 2nd overall - Chicago Cardinals - 1958
Charles Krueger - DL - 9th overall - San Francisco 49ers - 1958
Bob Goode - RB - 8th overall - Washington Redskins - 1949
John Kimbrough - RB - 2nd overall - Chicago Cardinals - 1941
Jim Thomason - RB - 5th overall - Detroit Lions - 1941
Texas A&M’s NFL First-Round Picks (highest to lowest)
Luke Joeckel - OL - 2 - Jacksonville Jaguars - 2013
Von Miller - LB - 2 - Denver Broncos - 2011
Quentin Coryatt - LB - 2 - Indianapolis Colts - 1992
John David Crow - RB - 2 - Chicago Cardinals - 1958
John Kimbrough - RB - 2 - Chicago Cardinals - 1941
Ray Childress - DL - 3 - Houston Oilers - 1985
Curtis Dickey - RB - 5 - Baltimore Colts - 1980
Jim Thomason - RB - 5 - Detroit Lions - 1941
Ryan Tannehill - QB - 8 - Miami Dolphins - 2012
Sam Adams - DL - 8 - Seattle Seahawks - 1994
Larry Stegent - RB - 8 - St. Louis Cardinals - 1970
Bob Goode - RB - 8 - Washington Redskins - 1949
Richmond Webb - OL - 9 - Miami Dolphins - 1990
Bubba Bean - RB - 9 - Atlanta Falcons - 1976
Charles Krueger - DL - 9 - San Francisco 49ers - 1958
Jacob Green - DL - 10 - Seattle Seahawks - 1980
Aaron Glenn - DB - 12 - New York Jets - 1994
Patrick Bates - DB - 12 - Los Angeles Raiders - 1993
Ty Warren - DL - 13 - New England Patriots - 2003
Reggie Brown - LB - 17 - Detroit Lions - 1996
Kevin Smith - DB - 17 - Dallas Cowboys - 1992
Robert Jackson - LB - 17 - Cleveland Browns - 1977
Maurice Moorman - OL - 19 - Kansas City Chiefs - 1968
Roger Vick - RB - 21 - New York Jets - 1987
Tim Gray - DB - 21 - St. Louis Cardinals - 1975
Rod Bernstine - TE - 24 - San Diego Chargers - 1987
Greg Hill - RB - 25 - Kansas City Chiefs - 1994
Billy Cannon - LB - 25 - Dallas Cowboys - 1984
Sammy Davis - DB - 30 - San Diego Chargers - 2003
#2 overall selection: 5 Aggies have been selected #2 overall
1941 John Kimbrough, RB (Chicago Cardinals)
1958 John David Crow, RB (Chicago Cardinals)
1992 Quentin Coryatt, LB (Indianapolis Colts)
2011 Von Miller, LB (Denver Broncos)
2013 Luke Joeckel, OL (Jacksonville Jaguars)
3 Aggie players selected in the first round: Has happened once.
Sam Adams, DL (#8) Seattle Seahawks
Aaron Glenn, DB (#12) New York Jets
Greg Hill, RB (#25) Kansas City Chiefs
2 Aggie players selected in the first round: Has happened six times.
John Kimbrough, RB (#2), Chicago Cardinals
Jim Thomason, RB (#5), Detroit Lions
John David Crow, RB (#2), Chicago Cardinals
Charlie Krueger, DL (#9), San Francisco 49ers
Curtis Dickey, RB (#5), Baltimore Colts
Jacob Green, DL (#10), Seattle Seahawks
Roger Vick, RB (#21), New York Jets
Rod Bernstine, TE (#24), Denver Broncos
Quentin Coryatt, LB (#2), Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Smith, DB (#17), Dallas Cowboys
Ty Warren, DL (#13), New England Patriots
Sammy Davis, DB (#30), San Diego Chargers
Bios for projected NFL first-rounders
Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel and Jake Matthews
Mike Evans - Wide Receiver
6’5” | 225 lbs.
Consensus first-team All-American ... participated in the NFL Combine ... led the FBS in catches over 30 yards with 17 and was second in 20-yard-plus catches with 28 in 2013 ... owns two of the top five receiving games in SEC history -- 279 vs. Alabama and 287 vs. Auburn … owns A&M records for single game receiving yards (287 vs. Auburn, 2013) and receiving TDs (4 vs. Auburn, 2013), single season receiving yards (1,394) and receiving TDs (12, tie) and career catches and receiving yards per game (5.8/96.1).
Named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is annually given to the nation’s top receiver … was also a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award … named a first-team All-American by the AP ... earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors after leading the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 69 for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns … Evans broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010 … Evans led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches … his 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches … also matched the school single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn … he shattered one of A&M’s oldest records when he exploded for 279 yards on seven catches against Alabama (old record of 250 by Ken “Dude” McLean vs. Texas in 1965) … rebroke that record a few games later with 287 on 11 catches vs. Auburn … owns two of the top five single game receiving yards efforts in SEC history … had five 100-yard games in 2013, including two 200-yard games … team captain.
A 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection … started in all 13 games at wide receiver … led the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards (13.5 average), both freshman records ... his 82 catches rank No. 2 in school history and 1,105 receiving yards rank No. 3 ... scored five touchdowns and averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game … produced three 100-yard games at SMU, at Ole Miss and vs. Louisiana Tech … had a season-high two touchdown catches against Sam Houston State … longest catch of the season was a 75-yard grab against Louisiana Tech.
Johnny Manziel - Quarterback
6’1” | 210 lbs.
Johnny Manziel is the only player in NCAA FBS history to gain 5,000 total yards in a season while rushing for 1,000 yards (5,116/1,410 in 2012) ... Manziel became the first sophomore in FBS history to pass for 7,000 yards and rush for 2,000 career year ... Was the fifth player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season ... In two seasons at Texas A&M, Manziel set at least 35 school, SEC and NCAA records ... Participated in the NFL Combine.
Finished the 2013 season as the Southeastern Conference’s leader in total offense per game (374.8), total yards (4,873), touchdown responsibility (46), total plays (573), passing yards per game (316.5), completion percentage (69.9), total passing yards (4,114), completions (300) and passing touchdowns (37) … Finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, Manning Award and the Paul Hornung Award … Completed 300-of-429 passes (69.9 completion percentage) for 4,114 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions … his touchdown totals and completion percentage were school records … had a pair of 500-yard total offense games – 562 vs. Alabama and 502 vs. Auburn (had five for his career) … had four 400-yard passing games – 426 vs. Sam Houston State, school-record 464 vs. Alabama, 454 vs. Auburn and 446 vs. Mississippi State … matched his career-high with five TD passes vs. Alabama and had three or more seven times … had two 100-yard rushing games – 102 vs. SMU and 113 vs. Ole Miss … gained 300 yards of total offense nine of 11 starts, including 400-plus in five games … was suspended for the first half of the season-opener against Rice … named A&M’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14.
Became the first-ever freshman and the second Aggie to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy, college football’s top individual honor, by more than 150 first-place votes after a record-setting season ... named College Player of the Year by the Associated Press and The Sporting News ... receiving the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award … completed 295 of his 434 passes for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing only nine interceptions … rushed 201 times for 1,410 net yards (7.0 yards per carry) with 21 rushing touchdowns … broke the SEC record with 5,116 yards of total offense (2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton of Auburn previously held the record of 4,327), which was the 10th best single season effort in NCAA history … his rushing total was the No. 7 effort in NCAA history by a QB ... he was the fifth 3,000 passing yards/1,000 rushing yards player in NCAA history ... he is the only player in NCAA history to surpass the 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards level in a single season ... earned Offensive MVP honors in 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma ... against the Sooners, Manziel generated a Cotton Bowl record 516 total yards, including an all-bowl record for quarterbacks 229 rushing yards and 287 passing yards … was named Associated Press SEC Player of the Year along with SEC Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year ... Consensus All-American was named first-team All-American by Associated Press, Walter Camp, CBSSports.com, AOL Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, Max Emfinger CFB, YAHOO! Sports and FWAA … Maxwell Award finalist … named 1st Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC … AOL Sporting News Freshman All-American … earned the starting QB spot in fall camp, two weeks before the start of the season ... was named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week twice ... named SEC Freshman of the Week nine times and the SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times ...
Broke the SEC record for total offense twice (557 vs. Arkansas on Sept. 29 and 576 vs. Louisiana Tech on Oct. 13) ... First player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game three times in his career ... first SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season ... broke the NCAA freshman record for QB rushing yards and total offense ... accounted for 47 TDs (26 pass, 21 rush), which set school record and ranks No. 3 in SEC history ... his 21 rushing TDs were a school record ... scored two or more rushing TDS and passed for two or more TDs in a game seven times ... sat out five complete quarters of plays, and all but one drive in five other quarters.
2011: Redshirted… made the travel squad after enrolling at A&M in January.
Jake Matthews - Offensive Tackle
6’5” | 305 lbs.
Missouri City, Texas
Consensus first-team All-American at RT as a junior and LT as a senior ... participated in the NFL Combine ... Finalist for the Outland Trophy and was named the SEC’s top blocker as the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy ... son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews.
Ended his four-year career as a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s outstanding lineman each year … Leader of the Aggie offensive front with 46 consecutive starts … Became the second Aggie in two seasons in the Southeastern Conference to be awarded the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, after Luke Joeckel took the honor in 2012 … Named first-team All-America by the AP for the second straight year, and by Walter Camp … First-team All-SEC … 2013 Sporting News All-American … Selected to 2013 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team … Leader of the Aggie offensive line … Blocked for the powerful Aggie offense, which was one of only three teams to rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring, passing and total offense … Offense additionally ranked first in the nation in first downs offense and in the top 25 nationally in completion percentage, 3rd down conversion percentage, 4th down conversion percentage and team passing efficiency … Blocked for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 2013 finalist Johnny Manziel, allowing him to attain a 69% completion rate, pass for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns and lead the team in rushing yards with 686 … received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Bobby Bowden Athlete of the Year Award … was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award … received the prestigious President’s Award at Texas A&M’s Building Champions Awards.
First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association … earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press … also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP … part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense … blocked for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in a record-breaking season that earned him the Heisman Trophy … served as the team’s deep snapper.
Cornerstone of the Aggies’ offensive front that allowed just nine sacks in 13 games and set school records for total, passing and scoring offense … offense front paved the way for an offense that averaged 490.2 yards of total offense, 291.1 passing yards and 39.1 points per game … helped the Aggies rush for 199.2 yard per game, which ranked No. 24 nationally.
Named to ESPN.com’s All-Big 12 Freshman team and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick … moved into the starting lineup when starting offensive tackle Brian Thomas moved inside after an injury to Evan Eike … started the final seven games of the season at offensive tackle and played in a total of 10 games … with Matthews in the starting lineup, the Aggies allowed just 14 sacks in the final seven games after allowing 23 in the first six games of 2010.