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Five Aggies receive 2024 NFL Scouting Combine invites

The NFL season is over, and the Kansas City Chiefs have been crowned the champions. That means the focus will now shift to the 2024 NFL Draft, which will occur in late spring. The major event everyone is looking forward to will be the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine scheduled for February 26 – March 4 in Indianapolis.

The NFL Combine has invited 321 NFL hopefuls to participate in the six-day event, where they will test and interview with all 32 teams represented. Texas A&M will have five Aggies in attendance to make another impression before the draft to make a pro team.

Last year, De’Von Achane, Antonio Johnson, and Jaylon Jones received an invite to the combine and all were selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 05: Devon Achane of Texas A&M participates in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 05, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 05: Devon Achane of Texas A&M participates in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 05, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Making it to the NFL is the dream of every young football player, and the five Aggies listed below will have their chance to make a dream a reality.

NOTE: Draft projections are from nfldraftbuzz.com

Edgerrin Cooper - Linebacker

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Draft projection per NFL Draft Buzz: 2nd round

6’3″ / 230 Lbs

Career Stats:

Tackles – 204 / TFL – 30.5 / Sacks – 8.5 / Int – 2 / PD – 10 / Forced Fumble – 3

Accolades:

2023 Walter Camp All-America First Team
2023 AP All-America First Team
2023 AFCA All-America First Team
2023 The Athletic All-America First Team
2023 ESPN All-America First Team
2023 CBS Sports All-America First Team
2023 FWAA All-America Second Team
2023 Sporting News All-America Second Team
2023 All-SEC First Team
2021 SEC All-Freshman Team

Ainias Smith - Wide Receiver

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Draft projection per NFL Draft Buzz: 4th round

5’10” / 200 Lbs

Career Stats:

Rec – 180 / Yards – 2407 / TDs – 19 / Avg – 13.4

Punt Return – 82 / Yards – 836 / TDs – 2 / Avg – 10.2

Accolades:

2021 PFF All-SEC First Team (PR)

Demani Richardson - Defensive Back

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Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Draft projection per NFL Draft Buzz: UFDA

6’1″ / 215 Lbs

Career Stats:

Tackles – 304 / TFL – 17 / Sacks – 3.5 / Int – 4 / PD – 18 / Forced Fumble – 4

Accolades:

2021 PFF All-SEC Third Team
2019 SEC All-Freshman Team

McKinnley Jackson - Defensive Line

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Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Draft projection per NFL Draft Buzz: 3rd round

6’2″ / 325 Lbs

Career Stats:

Tackles – 91 / TFL – 15.5 / Sacks – 7.5 / Int – 2 / PD – 2 / Forced Fumble – 1

Accolades:

2020 SEC All-Freshman Team

Layden Robinson - Offensive Line

Texas A&M offensive lineman Layden Robinson (64) blocks against Sam Houston State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Draft projection per NFL Draft Buzz: 5th round

6’4″ / 315 Lbs

Career Stats:

Games Played – 45

Accolades:

2023 SEC Community Service Team
2021 PFF All-SEC First Team
2021 AP All-SEC Second Team

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire