Texas A&M Football: Two former Aggies sign their first NFL contracts

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The Texas A&M Football team had four players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. Even though more talent could have reached the next level, quite a few players returned to College Station for one last season.

That said, the Jimbo Fisher still saw a few of his players’ names called in this year’s draft. Most notably, Kellen Mond was the first player drafted. He was taken by the Minnesota Vikings, where he’ll back up Kirk Cousins for at least a year before he gets a big opportunity.

Shortly after Mond, though, a couple of Texas A&M Football standouts were drafted to the same team in the same round.

It started with Dan Moore Jr., an offensive lineman for the Aggies who was a key part of a unit that was heavily considered for national awards. He was followed by Buddy Johnson, the Aggies’ leading tackler at the linebacker position and an anchor on one of the best defensive units in the country.

Two Texas A&M Football standouts signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday

On Tuesday, these players would finally sign with the team. Fittingly, both of these former Aggie football players officially signed their rookie contracts together after being drafted a few weeks ago.

Dan Moore Jr. will not be starting immediately for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they have a pair of offensive tackles who look to be in line to start in the 2021-22 season. That said, the former Aggie could steal a tackle spot if one of the starters underperformed. They took him with a 4th-round pick for a reason, and that reason isn’t to ride the bench.

Buddy Johnson, on the other hand, will have a better chance to see the field immediately. While he also won’t start immediately, he can jump in for particular snaps and show off his NFL-ready build. Johnson was one of two linebackers drafted by the Steelers, so it’s clear that they want immediate depth at the position.

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Hopefully, this is the first of a few contracts that these Aggies will sign at the NFL level. They showed off their talent in college, now it’s time to get going at the professional level.