Texas A&M football: ESPN analyst projects Erik McCoy in the first round

Erik McCoy may very well be the first Texas A&M football player off the board after his tremendous NFL Combine workout earlier this month.

Texas A&M football wasn’t supposed to have a player selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft unless something wacky happened. Maybe Jace Sternberger or Erik McCoy could have snuck in there if there was a run on tight ends or centers. Well, after the 2019 NFL Combine, some are projecting McCoy squarely in the first round as he shoots up draft boards.

McCoy did some field drills and met with teams at Texas A&M’s Pro Day, but he worked out so well at the combine it didn’t make sense for him to do anything else. He ran the fastest of any offensive lineman with an incredible 4.89 40-yard dash, tied for sixth in the bench press with 29 reps, tied for seventh with a 31-inch vertical, and finished 12th in the 20-yard shuffle.

It was enough for Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com to mock McCoy No. 30 overall in his updated mock draft after the combine. Now, in his latest release and first since the Combine, ESPN’s Mel Kiper mock selected McCoy with the No. 22 pick to the Baltimore Ravens.

McCoy going in the first round should not shock anyone after he put up such monster numbers. He was a three-year starter from day one in Aggieland despite being a two-star prospect. He proved from an early age he had both the talent and drive to be an elite center. While he didn’t win the award, he was on the Remington Watch list for the nation’s best center in 2018.

He says he received a second through fourth round grade when he declared for the draft, but mock drafts in recent weeks have him going from the first to the third round.

A lot of where guys go depends on how the draft plays out, especially if you’re not the consensus best player at a position. After the Aggies went without a player drafted in the first round for the first time in seven years in 2018, it would be nice to start that streak again.

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