The Texas A&M football team has produced many quality NFL talents over the years. Currently, there are 18 Aggies playing in the NFL. The school has featured many Super Bowl winners and Pro Bowl players.
Despite the university's success in developing NFL talent, there have been a few high NFL draft picks from Texas A&M who did not have the success of many of their peers.
5. Quentin Coryatt (Colts, Cowboys), 1992-1999
The Indianapolis Colts had high hopes for the linebacker taken with the second overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, but Quentin Coryatt never lived up to be the star he was projected to be. He played in 78 games over six years for the Colts, spending the 1998 season on injured reserve. Coryatt signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1999; he appeared in four games and retired after the season.
4. Curtis Dickey (Colts, Browns), 1980-1986
Running back Curtis Dickey was selected by the Baltimore Colts in 1980 with the fifth overall pick. Dickey enjoyed some success during his career. In his rookie season, Dickey scored 11 touchdowns, and in 1983 he rushed for 1,122 yards. His seven-year career was plagued by injuries, forcing him to retire after the 1986 season with the Cleveland Browns.
3. Bubba Bean (Falcons), 1976-1979
The Atlanta Falcons selected running back Bubba Bean with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft. Bean was sidelined with an injury for the entire 1977 season. He came back to have his best year in 1978, rushing for 707 yards and posting 209 receiving yards. Bean's last NFL season was in 1979 where he was forced out of his starting role by Pro-Bowler William Andrews.
2. Larry Stegent (Cardinals), 1970
Larry Stegent was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the eighth overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. The highly touted running back suffered a knee injury in his first and only preseason game then went on to play just seven games in his only NFL season. Stegent finished his NFL career with just one reception for 12 yards.
1. Patrick Bates (Raiders, Falcons), 1993-1996
Patrick Bates was one of the best players of Texas A&M's famed "Wrecking Crew" of the early 1990s , resulting with the Oakland Raiders selecting him with the 12th overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Bates only played a handful of games with the Raiders after several off-field problems. The former Aggies safety refused to play for Oakland in in 1995, resulting in him being traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 1996 where he eventually lost his starting position. He never played in the NFL again.
Shawn Ramsey is a long-time Texas A&M fan born and raised in the Lone Star State, who graduated nearby Sam Houston State University in 2010.