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

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Jhamon Ausbon, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M Football team had more undrafted free agents than drafted players

The sentence above may seem like an overwhelming negative at first — nobody wants their players to become undrafted free agents after the NFL Draft. That said, these weren’t just undrafted free agents, they were priority free agents for teams after the draft.

Look at Anthony Hines III as an example of this. The former 4-star recruit brought in by Sumlin played his best football under Fisher, establishing himself as a force as an inside linebacker in the 2019 season. Even with only two full seasons under his belt in the past four years, he was a priority free agent after this draft.

Look at Ryan McCollum and Jared Hocker, both of whom were not recruited by Jimbo Fisher, but become key parts of the offense. Both were 3-star recruits, but the higher-rated of the two was Hocker, who was the 980th best player in his class. Players with these rankings aren’t supposed to make it to the NFL, but Fisher is sending them anyway.

Even Jhamon Ausbon, a receiver who sat out of the 2020 season due to personal reasons related to COVID-19, was immediately picked up following the draft. Fisher turned him into the team’s best receiver, even on an offense that didn’t generate a high amount of receiving yards.

The point here is simple — Jimbo Fisher has created a culture that gives any player who walks onto campus a chance to reach the National Football League.

dark. Next. Grading selection of each TAMU NFL Draft pick

This won’t just have an impact on existing players, it’ll draw any recruits eyes in the direction of College Station as long as he keeps sending guys to the league.