Texas A&M football: Did these Juniors make the right NFL Draft decision?

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Jace Sternberger

Maybe the least surprising of the bunch, tight end Jace Sternberger shined brighter than any outside weapon in the Aggie offense. He led Texas A&M in receptions, yards, touchdowns, and yards per catch. He took advantage of mismatches all over the field with his unbelievable size and speed. He has great hands and spectacular ability.


Jace was No. 2 in the country in yards and No. 1 in touchdowns among all tight ends. He was named a consensus All American and a First-Team All American by most outlets. He was shockingly, and annoyingly, left off the Mackey Award final list but should have won the award.

His NFL Draft stock will depend on how NFL teams view his weaknesses. The SEC’s leading tight end has been a first round pick in each of the previous two drafts. Evan Engram put up better numbers than Sternberger, but they are similar in they were/are mostly receiving threats.

Sternberger is a willing blocker but needs to continue improving in that aspect. He could also stand to improve his route running. Having said that, it’s unlikely his stock would have changed with another year in college.

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