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Texas A&M’s latest elite offensive line draftee is Germain Ifedi

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Ifedi was at A&M for two seasons with Johnny Football.
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Ifedi was at A&M for two seasons with Johnny Football.

For the fourth time in four years, Texas A&M has produced another offensive lineman coveted by the NFL. Luke Joeckel was followed by Jake Matthews who was followed by Cedric Ogbuehi.

Now, it’s Germain Ifedi’s turn.

“I take tremendous pride in it, because I watched those guys since I was 16 years old,” Ifedi said Wednesday during media interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine. “To be able to learn from them and potentially be the next guy in line to be a high NFL draft pick, it’s a lot of prestige that comes with it and also a lot of work that led to it.”

He came in at 340. I give him a hard time. It’s the pudgiest 335 I have ever seen. He is very proud of his body [now].

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin

A&M has become Offensive Line U.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made Joeckel the second overall pick in 2013; the Atlanta Falcons took Matthews sixth overall in 2014; and the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ogbuehi 21st overall in 2015.

Ifedi left A&M with a year of eligibility remaining. Some scouts believe he would have benefited from another college season.

CBSSports.com rates Ifedi as the fifth-best tackle in the draft and 29th overall prospect, but still projects him as a second-round choice.

“It’s possible that Ifedi lands in the first round due to his upside,” CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler said, “but it’s more likely he is a day-two draft pick, ending the Aggies’ three-year streak of offensive tackles in the first round.”

Ifedi was expected to be the next Aggie in line at left tackle, replacing Ogbuehi. But Ifedi, who measured 6-foot-5  3/4 and weighed 324 pounds Wednesday, struggled on the left side. He ended up staying on the right side.

He came in at 340. I give him a hard time. It’s the pudgiest 335 I have ever seen. He is very proud of his body [now].

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin

Ifedi started 13 games at right guard as a redshirt freshman and 24 games at right tackle the past two seasons.

“He is one of the first guys we recruited,” A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Wednesday after a speaking appearance in Indianapolis. “He was a Houston guy, and we went and saw him and [center] Mike [Matthews]. He came in at 340. I give him a hard time. It’s the pudgiest 335 I have ever seen. He is very proud of his body [now]. He is going to do great at interviews. He has a very long and prosperous career ahead of him.”

Playing in a spread offense at A&M, Ifedi has little experience in a three-point stance. That’s what he has worked on the most in Pensacola, Fla., with William Roberts, a former NFL offensive lineman who started 154 games in 13 seasons.

“That’s most of what I’ve been doing, getting used to being in a three-point stance,” Ifedi said. “In college, I probably had about 50 snaps out of a three-point stance. I’m getting used to it and will be used to it. Whatever they ask me to do, I’ll be ready.”

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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