Texas A&M Football: Four Aggies in first round of CBS Sports mock draft

DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team has its flaws on the field, but the roster is still filled to the brim with some of the best talent in the country. There are few coaches who get their players better prepared for the NFL than Jimbo Fisher — an idea that is on full display in virtually any 2022 mock draft.

This was further exemplified in one of the most recent 2022 NFL mock drafts on the market by CBS Sports, who had four Aggies being taken in the first round. Here’s what each player’s positioning looks like.

  • (4) Detroit Lions: DeMarvin Leal, DL
  • (18) New York Jets: Kenyon Green, OL
  • (23) LA Chargers: Jalen Wydermyer, TE
  • (31) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Isaiah Spiller, RB

With the Texas A&M football team’s recent struggles, can these players stick around in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft?

In short, yes.

The list of four players in the first round of CBS Sports’ most recent mock draft won’t necessarily surprise anyone. DeMarvin Leal, Kenyon Green, Jalen Wydermyer, and Isaiah Spiller have long been considered early-round draft picks.

The player who is least at risk of dropping in mock drafts is DeMarvin Leal, who is part of a defensive unit that remains among the best in college football. Leal is on track to have his best season of college football so far, with 2.5 sacks in four contests and 18 total tackles. The versatile defensive lineman also has four total stops behind the line of scrimmage.

That said, the rest of the players on this list could suffer as a result of poor offensive line play, and on a broader scale, poor offensive production.

On the year, the Aggie offense ranks 70th in offensive production with 396 yards per contest, and to be honest, that positioning seems generous. A bulk of their offensive production came against Kent State and New Mexico. If you take those two teams out of the equation, the Aggies average just 280 yards of offense.

This is largely due to a less-than-productive offense line. Even though Kenyon Green himself has played well, the unit’s failure to find success can and will hurt his draft stock.

And in a pocket where backup quarterback Zach Calzada has no time to pass, there aren’t many passes being completed. This puts Wydermyer on track to regress in yardage on the season, even with two extra games. The big tight end also hasn’t caught a touchdown pass all season long.

Isaiah Spiller has actually had a pretty impressive year, even if he’s consistently being hit behind the line of scrimmage. The Aggie runningback is on track to surpass his career high in total yardage on the season. As things stand, he averages 6.6 yards per carry, which is over a yard higher than his old career-high.

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If he manages to find success behind a poor offensive line, his draft stock could continue to skyrocket.