Which Texas A&M Football Players Are Playing in the Senior Bowl?
Texas A&M football has several NFL draft hopefuls this spring. There are players declaring their intentions to head to the league from the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes—and even one from the 2018 class. Due to the extra COVID year that was granted, you see players around the country completing six or seven years of college football before testing the NFL waters.
One of the premier events of the college football calendar for draft-eligible players is the Reese's Senior Bowl down in Mobile, AL. Not only the game itself, but the drills in the week leading up to it all catch the attention of NFL scouts.
So which Texas A&M football players have been invited to the Senior Bowl? Let's take a look at which Aggie draft hopefuls are headed to Mobile.
1. DT McKinnley Jackson | SR
Jackson is perhaps tied with Edgerrin Cooper for the best chance at a first-round selection in this upcoming draft, though both are an outside shot at the moment. That could change if Jackson is able to properly display his explosion and elite skillset down in Mobile. He had an outstanding senior year, but the low profile the Aggies had in the back half of the season may have detracted from the eyes on their games; down in Mobile, I feel confident he will capture the attention of many scouts.
2. WR Ainias Smith | RS SR
An elder statesman who unbelievably could have actually returned for one more year, Smith is a fan favorite among Aggies for a good reason. One of the hardest-working, lowest-maintenance, best-producing players on the whole team, Smith is a consummate leader by example. His positional versatility can help outweigh his smaller stature; I wouldn't be surprised to see a team pick him up as either a slot receiver or a third-down back given his ability to pass block, run between the tackles, catch the ball, and make people miss in the open field. There is a spot on almost every NFL team for a guy like Ainias—the question is whether teams will recognize that prior to the draft.
3. IOL Layden Robinson | RS SR
Robinson has had an up and down couple of years after impressive work in relief during the 2020 season. Starting since 2021, he has had some amazing games and some questionable games. The coaching along the line hasn't exactly been stellar over the last two seasons, admittedly. Hopefully his impressive physical tools will help him show his mettle down in Mobile.
Other draft hopefuls that are not participating in the Senior Bowl include Max Wright, Demani Richardson, Edgerrin Cooper, Chris Russell, and Earnest Crownover. A couple of these are participating in different all-star games—Cooper is in the East-West Shrine Bowl, and Richardson is on a roster for the Hula Bowl in Orlando—but the rest will be hoping to impress at an on-campus pro day.