An early look at the state's top 2015 NFL Draft prospects
The NFL Draft has come and gone, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next year.
Yes, a lot can happen a year from a year from now. After all, this draft was full of surprises. Who would have thought that we would have seen Johnny Manziel slide into the 20s or colleges from other countries have more draftees than Texas, which didn’t produce a single one for the first time in over 70 years. But at the same time, predictions can often come into fruition.
So here is a look at the top 2015 in-state draft prospects for 2015.
OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (6-5, 300)- For the third straight year, Texas A&M could produce a top-10 offensive lineman. And Ogbuehi might be the best yet. Yep, that means he has the potential to be better than both Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. The Allen product is the cornerstone of the Aggies’ offensive line and is known for opening up some big holes in the run game. It would be extremely surprising if Ogbuehi is still on the board by the time the 11th pick rolls around next year.
DE Devonte Fields, TCU (6-4, 240)- Look, we are all aware of Fields’ off-the-field issues. But when he is on the gridiron, is there a more dominant defensive force? Probably not. Remember, as a freshman, Fields was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after notching 53 tackles including 18.5 for loss and 10 sacks. Even if he doesn’t have huge year, Fields will likely still receive first round consideration. The bottom line is he just has too much potential.
QB Bryce Petty, Baylor (6-2, 230)- It’s hard to make projections for quarterbacks this far out. But it’s safe to say that Petty will be drafted early next year. Petty, who should be a Heisman candidate this fall, will have to raise his stock during the combine and all that jazz, but he has everything NFL scouts are looking for. A strong-armed pocket passer, Petty helped Baylor capture a Big 12 title last year after throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns with only three interceptions.
OT Spencer Drango, Baylor (6-5, 315)- Drango was instrumental in Baylor’s successful season despite missing time due to injury. In fact, if Drango wouldn’t have gotten hurt, Baylor would probably have finished the regular season undefeated. But that’s an argument for another day. The fact of the matter is Drango will be one of the top offensive linemen available in the 2015 draft.
WR Deontay Greenberry (6-2, 198)- Greenberry is a tremendous talent who surprised many pundits by picking Houston over a slew of major BCS offers. A five-star recruit, Greenberry made an immediate impact as a true freshman, earning Conference USA All-Freshman team honors. Greenberry had an even bigger year last year as he caught 82 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder will be one of the top receivers in college football this year and should see his draft stock soar.
EJ Holland is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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