Texas A&M football: Could we see Cooper drafted by America’s Team?

A recent mock draft sees the first Texas A&M football player off the board staying in the state.
Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Chantz Johnson (23) and
Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Chantz Johnson (23) and / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Could we see the Dallas Cowboys make their first 2024 draft selection from Texas A&M football?

As we move fully into mock draft season, it’s time to begin considering where the draft hopefuls for Texas A&M football might end up. The fit for a prospect early in his career can make or break the next few years for him, if not an entire career. 

We are all well familiar with the case of Johnny Football, who was drafted into a horrible situation in Cleveland, and—with plenty of his own mistakes to boot—he failed to flourish. An opposite example could be Donovan Wilson, drafted low by the Cowboys, but has blossomed into one of the most important players on the Dallas defense.

According to one draft expert, too, we could see another Aggie as a part of that same Dallas defense. Field Yates published his first edition of his mock draft yesterday, which saw the Cowboys spending their first round pick (24th overall) on Edgerrin Cooper.

Edge would be a great fit in Dallas. He reacts quickly, has great lateral speed, and can lay the wood as a tackler. He’s been a part of some elite defenses, and stopping the run is one of his specialties—a perilous need for the Cowboys at the moment.

Linebackers aren’t usually in extremely high demand in the first round, so it’s conceivable that he could slip past that spot even if Dallas wants him; they might simply believe they could get him later on in the draft.

Still, it’s great to see Cooper getting some first-round buzz. It really seems like the hype around him has been steadily growing even since the season ended, and a big showing at the combine—especially in the 40-yard dash—could do wonders for him. If that happens, who knows—he may be gone by the 24th pick.