Texas A&M Football: Every Aggie ranked in top-50 of SEC since 2000

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These Texas A&M football players probably shouldn’t have been ranked as highly as they were

Too High: (41st) Von Miller, LB

I want to make it clear that I am not disparaging anything Von Miller did at the college level. Miller is one of the greatest players to ever suit up in a Texas A&M football uniform and he had an incredible NFL career to match it.

The guy put up 181 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss, and 33 sacks from the linebacker spot in four years. Most of that came during his last two seasons.

Miller, however, did not play in the SEC. That’s right — the 41st-best SEC player on this list played from 2007 to 2010 for the Fightin’ Texas Aggies of the Big 12. He’s not ranked too highly, he simply shouldn’t be on this list.

Too High: (42nd) Jake Matthews, OT

I don’t feel very strongly about Jake Matthews being ranked 42nd on this list, but I think he may be benefitting from a strong NFL career.

For starters, you won’t see many offensive linemen ranked highly on this list. It’s not that they don’t make an impact, but people don’t click on “50 greatest SEC players since 2000” to look for offensive linemen. That said, Matthews was huge for an A&M offense that was the best in the SEC for a couple of seasons.

Here’s what FanSided’s Nick Villano said about Matthews:

"Matthews was just as good at pass blocking as he was at run blocking. It helped that Texas A&M implored a strategy where he never had to put his hand in the dirt. It helped him get the first step on his defensive counterparts. It helped him earn the consensus All-American in 2012 and unanimous All-American in 2013.  It also helped him become a top ten pick in the NFL Draft."