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NFL Draft 2017: Texas A&M Recap

Nine Aggies will go pro in something other than other than sports.

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As the dust settles on the 2017 NFL Draft, Texas A&M sees one of its most successful groups of modern players enter the NFL. The Aggies enjoyed their first ever #1 overall pick in Myles Garrett, five total players drafted (bested only by their six players drafted in 2003) and four other players who signed free agent contracts with NFL teams on Saturday evening.

Myles Garrett, DE
Round 1, Pick 1 (#1 overall)
Cleveland Browns

Garrett came to Texas A&M as a five-star recruit, and lived up to the billing from day one. Though he battled injuries, he leaves A&M as one of the most productive defensive players in Aggie history, and certainly one of the most beloved. Now the first #1 overall pick in school history will try to repair some broken hearts in Cleveland and turn the Browns into a winner.

Justin Evans, S
Round 2, Pick 18 (#50 overall)
Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Evans came to College Station in 2015 as a junior college transfer, and instantly became known as one of the hardest-hitting players in the SEC. His pairing with Armani Watts put the Aggies among the most physical safeties in the SEC. Justin now joins fellow (but not related) Aggie Mike Evans in Tampa Bay, who he never played with at A&M.

Daeshon Hall, DE
Round 3, Pick 13 (#77 overall)
Carolina Panthers

He often took second billing to Myles Garrett, but Daeshon Hall proved he belonged in the conversation as a pro defensive end, and his hard work was rewarded when he was drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers.

Josh Reynolds, WR
Round 4, Pick 10 (#117 overall)
Los Angeles Rams

All Josh Reynolds does is catch touchdowns. With 30 TDs in three years in Aggieland, Josh Reynolds became known for bailing out quarterbacks by getting open and making tough catches when it mattered most. Though his lack of elite speed or strength moved him down the draft boards, he’s one player many Aggies expect to overachieve in the NFL, and he’ll get a chance to do so in Los Angeles. It may also give him a chance to catch the Aggies’ season-opener against UCLA on Sept. 3.

Jermaine Eluemunor, OG
Round 5, Pick 15 (#159 overall)
Baltimore Ravens

We heard a lot from scouts who were impressed with the Englishman Eluemunor throughout the combine and scouting process, and he lands in a good spot with Baltimore.

Avery Gennesy, OT
Undrafted Free Agent
Jacksonville Jaguars

Many thought Gennesy might be a late-round draft pick, but as it is he signs with Jacksonville as a free agent, and can compete for the opportunity to block for Leonard Fournette.

Claude George, LB
Undrafted Free Agent
Seattle Seahawks

Claude George can continue his love affair with the 12th Man as he goes to Seattle. The Aggies had spotty play at linebacker but George’s playmaking ability will give him a chance to make it at the next level.

Trevor Knight, QB
Undrafted Free Agent
Arizona Cardinals

Knight’s winding road through his college career is well known, starting with an amazing victory over Alabama with the Sooners, eventually ending up as a graduate transfer in College Station. Knight was very productive at A&M, utilizing his talents with his arm as well as on the ground. It’s unclear whether he will play quarterback at the next level, but he has the physical tools to succeed even if it isn’t with his arm.

Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
Undrafted Free Agent
Arizona Cardinals

Seals-Jones came to A&M as a five-star recruit in 2013, and even if his production never quite lived up to that billing, he was a dedicated player who made a lot of big plays during his time with the Aggies. At 6’5” he has the size to play in the NFL, and many think his ultimate fate will be at tight end. Only time will tell.

Good luck to these Aggies as they pursue their dreams in the NFL.