Texas A&M football: Ranking Aggies by 2019 NFL Draft stock

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2. Erik McCoy – Middle Rounds

Maybe the easiest guy to project at the next level is Aggie stalwart offensive lineman Erik McCoy. Earning the starting job in 2016 and never relinquishing it, McCoy established himself as the Aggies’ best offensive lineman by far over the past three seasons. He started almost every game at center in that span but could play any inside position in the NFL.

Most NFL general managers understand building an offensive line is a major key to winning championships. Almost every team that has won the Super Bowl has had an elite offensive line, and center might be the most underrated position on it. Left tackles have the toughest job, usually, but centers sometimes dictate changes in protection by identifying defenses at the line of scrimmage.

McCoy should be a starter from day one in the NFL. He has proven his ability in the toughest conference in college football. The team drafting him will expect him to contribute as a rookie.