Texas A&M football lost three-fourths of its defensive line from a season ago, and some shuffling of positions could be in order to replace them.
One of the most difficult tasks for Jimbo Fisher this offseason will be figuring out a starting front four after his dominated in his inaugural season. Texas A&M football finished as a Top 3 rush defense and in the Top 20 in sacks. Their defensive line was inarguably their best unit on the team in 2018. It consisted of three seniors, all of whom will get a shot to play in the NFL.
It’s usually pretty difficult to replace that kind of production, but the Aggies are not without their options.
Justin Madubuike is the lone returner from the group and he could be one of the best defensive tackles in the SEC. Jayden Peevy, T.D. Moton, and Jeremiah Martin each figured to compete for the spot next to Madubuike, with Peevy having a clear edge with experience, but a new name could have found his way into the mix.
Bobby Brown was in the rotation at defensive end a season ago and figured to be this year as well. However, the strength and conditioning program has been very good to him. He came into spring ball at 330 pounds, up from the 282 he was when he enrolled at Texas A&M.
Fisher raved about Brown a couple of weeks ago. He praised his ability to still move around well at his weight, possibly hinting he could stay at defensive end. However, he recently talked about Browns ability to play inside.
"“He’s a dominant guy inside. He is so big and strong. He can go outside and rush. We move him and twist him, he doesn’t mind doing those things. We can bring him down inside. He is a powerful, powerful guy.”"
Bobby Brown had a defensive end build his freshman year but has filled out and could play his natural position now that he’s gone though the proper strength training. He came to Texas A&M as a 4-star defensive tackle in the 2018 class.
DeMarvin Leal, a 5-star recruit in 2019 who enrolled early, could make up the depth lost by Brown sliding inside on a full-time basis. He played both inside and out in high school and would have competed for a spot during spring ball were it not for a knee injury that required minor surgery.
We originally speculated Brown would back up Michael Clemons and Tyree Johnson on the outside, but it appears he may have a bigger role to play, quite literally.