Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies Battle The Oklahoma Sooners, NFL Draft Prospects to Watch
The old foes meet again this time in the best non BCS game of the year the AT&T Cotton Bowl where the battle begins with two top teams in college football, who share the same record the No.9 Texas A&M Aggies 10-2 (6-2 in SEC), jumble with the No.11 Oklahoma Sooners 10-2 (8-1 in Big 12. Last season these two teams clashed in a regular season game inside the Big12 conference where the Sooners outlasted the Aggies 41-25.
But this year everything is different and Texas A&M joined the SEC and has finally arrived on the front stage. This pretty much everything to do with Johnny Manziel better known as Johnny Football (or now Johnny Heisman) after being the first Freshman to claim the trophy in Heisman trophy history. He is incredible and shows it, in all categories.
His success can bring the Aggies a win the Cotton Bowl alone, as the Sooners continue to struggle against dual threat quarterbacks and high poser offenses.
But don’t fall asleep on the Sooners to quickly their offense depends on their quarterback and leader Landry Jones, as he forgo his decision of becoming a top draft selection last season to play his senior season at Oklahoma. Therefore the ball is in his hands can he prove to be what he once was or stumble.
If the Sooners offense plays great the defense of Oklahoma will be counted on keeping them in the game. It might be a large task to rely on them for considering the defense allowed at 30 points in four of their last six games.
The difference in this game is in the running game actually whereas Texas A&M trust in their running game averaging 235.1 yards per outing while the Sooners are only averaging 164.6 yards per game.
Both teams have a big history of historical battles between each other in the Big 12 for many years. But this year Texas A&M has something special, therefore in close battle expect the Aggies to top the Sooners in this one.
Damontre Moore DE
One of the top defensive-end in the country declared earlier this past week for the draft in April. Moore has all the necessary techniques and athleticism to make the right fit as a great pass rusher in the NFL. He is expected to be a top 10 pick in the NFL some Mock Drafts have him going as early as the third pick overall to the Raiders.
Sean Porter OLB
Porter was a consist force for the last two years for the Aggies, in 2011 he led his team in sacks with 9.5 and this season he finished the year with a total of 60 tackles.
Porter was outstanding against Alabama amounting to seven total tackles and an interception against the No#2 team the country. But most of his season he was caught in a bind, adjusting to the transition from pass rush linebacker in a three man front to 4-3 outside linebacker it didn’t seem to flow for Porter very well. The one good thing coming out of this is that NFL scouts know he has the ability to play in both offenses solidly.
Right he is projected to go sometime in the middle of the second round.
Ryan Swope WR
Swope this season has emerged as quarterback Manziel’s favorite target. As a sophomore, Swope had 825 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, Swope put up an impressive 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns from Ryan Tannehill in Mike Sherman's pro-style offense. This season with Kevin Sumlin offense he still managed to 64 receptions and 7 touchdowns. With great experiences in a variety of offenses and with multiple quarterbacks, Swope will make a team smile come draft day. His game is compared to Eric Decker, and is projected to go sometime in the third round.
Johnny Manziel QB
Manziel is not ready to make the jump to the NFL just quite yet. But when he is he will be very successful. For the 2012 college football season Maziel led the nation in total offense with 4,600 yards. He passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 yards and 19 scores. He became the first SEC player and fifth player ever to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a single season.
Jake Matthews OT
A great all around blocker, will be coming back next season to continue with his responsibilities of blocking for an offense that led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and gained 400 or more yards in the final 11 games of the 2012 regular season.
Later Round Prospects for Texas A & M
Christine Michael RB, Uzoma Nwachukwu WR, Dustin Harris CB, Spencer Nealy DT, Patrick Lewis C, Ryan Epperson P, Jonathan Stewart ILB
Oklahoma NFL prospects
Lane Johnson OT
As a lineman for the Sooners he will make another appearance after this game as he will go to the Senior Bowl with his quarterback Laundry Jones. As a leader on the line this will be a chance to see what he can do against outstanding competition but in this game he will get his battle and challenge as he will blocking and shadowing the great defense end Damontre Moore. Expect to see his named called sometime in the early second round.
Landry Jones QB
If the draft was surrounded by the statistics he would be the leader in that category for his career numbers with the Sooners are outstanding . The leader on the field has held the starting position for four straight seasons at Oklahoma and his career number shatter the rest of the field. His total offensive yards for his career are 16,368 with 1,353 completions and 122 touchdowns. Let the image on good offense what he may be able to accomplish in the NFL.
But the 2012 season didn’t go as planned but he still managed to stay somewhat on top of his game at times. Therefore, he might just be the biggest mystery come draft day. Jones has shown flashes of incredible talent, but he remains an enigma as a prospect despite putting up an impressive number. Jones has completed 66.4 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. He's posted six 300-yard games, including back-to-back 500-yard games in the past two weeks. So where might he go for now he remains a third round draft selection but that can change by the time draft day rolls around.
WR Kenny Stills
Leads the team with receptions and is expected to go in the third round. According to CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler considers Stills a borderline top-100 pick.
FS Tony Jefferson
Looks as if Jefferson will be joining Stills as they will both head to the draft as foregoing their senior season. Jefferson led Oklahoma with 113 tackles through the 2012 regular season and plays and speaks like a professional and believe me this young man will be ready for the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. Expect him to get selected sometime in the fourth round.
Later round draft picks of free agents
Demontre Hurst CB, Stacy McGee DT, Jamarkus McFarland DT David King DT Tress Way P
Justin Brown WR, Dominique Whaley RB Javon Harris SS