The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 23, and based on everyone’s fervent watching of the Michael Jordan documentary, it’s a safe assumption you’ll be tuning in. While A&M may not have the slam-dunk first round pick we’ve had in many recent years, there are still several Aggies that hope to receive that fateful phone call over the next several days. Let’s break ‘em down.
Justin Madubuike, DT
6’3”, 293 lbs
Justin Madubuike decided to forego his final year of college edibility, and his NFL Combine performance and draft stock seem to justify that decision. After getting 45 tackles (including 11.5 tackels for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one INT) in 2019, CBS Sports ranks Madubuike as the 6th-best defensive linemen, and the #63 prospect overall. He had meetings with the Bengals, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Ravens, Saints, Titans and Vikings.
PROJECTION: Most mock drafts have him going in the early to mid second round, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him slip into the end of the first if there’s a run on DTs and a team has him higher on their board than others.
Quartney Davis, WR
6’1”, 201 lbs
Quartney Davis had a modest season statistically, catching 54 balls for 616 yards and four touchdowns. He was a victim of quarterback Kellen Mond spreading the ball around pretty evenly (while also not having the statistical jump many hoped for in year three). But Davis has adequate size, good hands and excellent quickness, which means he’ll likely find a new home over the weekend. CBS Sports slots him as the 28th-best receiver in the 2020 draft class, and the #164 prospect overall, and he had meetings with the 49ers, Broncos, Cardinals, Dolphins, Eagles, Giants, Packers, Saints, Texans, Titans and Vikings.
PROJECTION: Davis’ projections are all over the map, with some showing him as a 4th/5th round selection, and others having him slipping as late as the 7th.
Braden Mann, P
5’11”, 198 lbs
Ah, the real gem of the class. The 2018 Ray Guy Award winner is statistically one of the greatest punters in college football history, and is ranked by many as the top punter on the 2020 draft board. At the NFL Combine he was the top specialist in both the 3 Cone Drill (7.03 secs) and the 20 Yard Shuttle (4.13 secs), which everyone knows are the two drills that most directly translate to punting success. CBS Sports ranks Mann as the #1 punter and the #198 prospect overall, and had only one meeting with the Chicago Bears.
PROJECTION: Expect a big slide after the Bengals shockingly draft LSU QB Joe Burrow over Mann with the top overall pick. Only a handful of punters are drafted each year - normally in rounds five through seven - but expect Mann to be one of them. The real question is whether his draft slot will top that of Texas Longhorns punting legend Michael Dickson, who was selected by Seattle with the 149th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Kendrick Rogers, WR
6’4”, 208 lbs
After highlight reel performances against Clemson and LSU in 2018, many expected big things from Rogers in 2019. But he played in only nine games, amassing 351 yards and two touchdowns, often ceding snaps to true freshman Aniais Smith. But her turned in a solid performance at the NFL Combine, in particular a 4.51 40 time, given his size. CBS Sports ranks him as the 39th-best receiver and the #240 prospect in the draft.
PROJECTION: The safe bet is that Rogers will be scooped up after the draft as a free agent, but given his size and the eye-popping catches he has proven himself capable of, it wouldn’t be surprised to see a team take a late-round flier to ensure they secure his services.
The first round of the draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday night on ESPN, with rounds 2-3 beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and rounds 4-7 beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. We’ll be tuning it because there is literally nothing else going on in the world of sports. Enjoy what you can.