Texas A&M Football: 4 Aggies who could be 1st-round NFL draft picks

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2021 Early-Mid First Round: Anthony Hines III, Linebacker

Anthony Hines III was one of the most highly recruited football players in the history of the game. According to 247sports, the Plano, Texas native racked up 90 Division I offers. Even though he received offers from perennial powers like Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson, Hines chose to stay in Texas and be an Aggie.

While making ten appearances as a true freshman, he recorded three sacks and six tackles for loss. These aren’t astronomical numbers by any means, it’s still a heck of a lot more than the aforementioned Tyrel Dodson did his freshman year.

Surrounding talent like Dodson, Otaro Alaka, and Landis Durham are why I think Hines will have to stay all four years. Even though he’s going to play more this coming season, there’s still some more tenured players ahead of him.

When he does get his chance, I highly advise NFL scouts to keep their eye on this guy. At almost 6’3” and 225 lbs, Hines has the physical attributes needed to make it at the professional level. He’s a sure tackler, flies downhill and plays with a ton of intelligence. Last time I checked, those traits are what you need to be an NFL star.

Who would draft him?

  • The Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have a short track record of picking up Aggies i.e. Ricky Seals-Jones and Trevor Knight. They also have an aging linebacker corps; the Red Birds may be an ideal place for Hines.

  • The Houston Texans

A more fitting role may be right here in Texas. They could still be looking for a leader of the middle of that defense after releasing Brian Cushing this offseason. Staying close to home would be ideal for Hines, and there he could join former Aggie punter, Shane Lechler. A JJ Watt, Anthony Hines III combo would be deadly. Look for the Texans to make a move on Hines in a few years.

***All stats from sports-reference.com and 247sports.com***