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Texas A&M Football: Complete Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Aggies

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2014

Texas A&M Football: Complete Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Aggies

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    The 2014 NFL combine has come and gone. Three football players from Texas A&M traveled to Indianapolis and succeeded in raising their draft stock at the combine. 

    The combine is an elongated interview process for prospective NFL athletes. They go to Indianapolis for the opportunity to show NFL coaches and scouts their athletic ability and character. 

    The players are put through multiple tests and drills in an attempt to quantify their athletic ability, aptitude and readiness to play professional football. They also participate in interviews with team personnel so the teams can attempt to judge a player's character. 

    The three Aggies who went to Indianapolis to test in front of the scouts did a good job representing themselves and the Texas A&M program. This is a look at how the Aggies performed at the NFL combine. 

Jake Matthews

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    Grade: A+

    Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews did a great job solidifying his place as a top five overall prospect. Matthews did 24 reps in the bench press and ran the 40 in 5.07 seconds. That is a great time for a 300-pound tackle in the NFL. 

    Matthews' time of 7.34 seconds in the 3-cone drill was No. 2 overall for the position. He turned in a 30.5" in the vertical jump. 

    He was a top performer at his position in the 40, vertical leap and the 3-cone drill. Matthews had an excellent day at the combine, and proved that he was one of the best all-around athletes on the offensive line. 

     

Johnny Manziel

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    Grade: B

    Johnny Manziel had a solid showing at the combine. He ran a 4.68 in the 40, had a vertical of 31.5" and a broad jump of 9'5." His time of 4.03 in the 20-yard shuttle would be a good time for a cornerback. 

    Those are all very good numbers for a quarterback. He was a top performer at his position in all categories. Manziel is a transcendent offensive player. His shuttle time is an indication of how special he can be on the field. 

    It was a solid showing for Manziel. He basically proved to the scouts and coaches that he took this process seriously and arrived in good shape and prepared to perform. 

    That indicates maturity on his part. This is a very good development, considering so many are questioning his maturity at this time.   

Mike Evans

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    Grade: A

    The number that everyone was going to concentrate on with Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans was his time in the 40. He ran a 4.53 in the 40, which is a great time for a 6'5", 231-pound wide receiver. 

    Evans did 12 reps in the bench press and had an excellent vertical of 37 inches. He answered any questions there were about his speed and explosiveness. 

    With his results at the combine, Evans is likely in as the No. 2 overall receiver on everyone's draft board. Right now, Clemson's Sammy Watkins is the only receiver ranked ahead of him on draft boards.

    Evans ensured he will be selected in the top 20 picks of the draft with his performance in Indianapolis.  

Overall

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    Three Aggies were invited to the 2014 NFL combine, and all three solidified their status as first-round draft picks in the 2014 draft. All three should be happy with their performances. 

    Mike Evans answered any lingering questions about his speed when he ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds. Jake Matthews was one of the top overall performers on the offensive line. 

    He countered any arguments of those who think that Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson has a higher upside as an athlete. Matthews solidified his place as a top five pick in the draft. 

    Johnny Manziel answered some questions about his maturity. He showed the scouts and coaches that he is taking the process seriously. 

    The three performed well enough in Indianapolis to guarantee that there will be an Aggie selected among the top 10 picks in the NFL draft for the fourth year in a row. 

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