As usual, the Texas A&M Football program has sent a handful of players toward the NFL Draft, with hopes of hearing their names called on draft day. The Aggies don’t have any superstars in the top 10 of the draft, but they have quite a few names that could be called on day one or day two.
Some of the players that come to mind are Kellen Mond, Bobby Brown III, and Dan Moore Jr. This list of players rounds out the guys who have the best chance of being drafted, but there are a handful of players who still have a chance to be selected.
Most of these players were 2020 standouts who made a name for themselves in Texas A&M Football’s best season of the millennium. But there’s one guy who didn’t have a chance to showcase his talent during the 2020 season.
Texas A&M Football’s Anthony Hines III is a sneaky, forgotten prospect
That’s right, Anthony Hines III is still a prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. After opting out of the 2020 season for personal reasons related to COVID-19, Hines will be entering his name in the 2021 draft, likely being a late-round pick.
Before coming to Texas A&M to play football, Hines was an extremely respected inside linebacker prospect. He was ranked as the 2nd-best inside linebacker in his class and the 65th-best player of any position, earning him 4-star status.
With the Aggies, Hines was a highly efficient linebacker almost immediately. In his freshman year, he would accumulate 33 tackles, 6 for loss, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. His energy on the field was a sign of good things to come for the Aggies’ defense.
He would follow this up with another strong season, this time starting in all 13 games. He would accumulate 73 tackles, which would be good for second on the team. To add to this, he finished the year with 10.5 tackles for loss.
As a weak-side linebacker, Hines will likely be selected late in the draft or picked up as a free agent due to his ability to defend the pass, something that is valued very highly at the next level. His lack of experience and small sample size will hold him back.
Draft Projection: Late-round pick/Signed as UDFA