Texas A&M Football: Jimbo Fisher is breeding NFL talent in College Station

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The Texas A&M Football 2021 NFL Draft class was special, even if it wasn’t flashy

The 2021 Texas A&M Football NFL Draft class doesn’t seem special from a distance. There were only four players taken, a relatively average number for an SEC school of TAMU’s caliber. That said, there were a handful of players who could have been selected returned for an extra year of eligibility.

The players who were taken? Only a single one of them was recruited by Jimbo Fisher — Bobby Brown III. He was the second player taken off of the board after former 5-star Kellen Mond, who was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But those aren’t the important players on this team. The real stars of this draft were two players who were brought in by Kevin Sumlin as 3-star high school prospects and morphed into NFL Draft prospects by Jimbo Fisher.

The first was Buddy Johnson, who was a 3-star linebacker in high school, ranked 352nd in his class overall. He was the 19th-best outside linebacker out of high school, but under Fisher’s defensive system, he would turn into a superstar that is as ready to play at the next level as anybody.

He would be drafted to the same team as another former 3-star Texas A&M player recruited by Kevin Sumlin in Dan Moore. Thanks to Fisher, Moore became a key member of one of the most celebrated offensive lines in the country.

Even the undrafted free agent signings were impressive this year.