Texas A&M Football: 2017 projected 2-deep depth chart

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From starting quarterback to the backup defensive tackles, here’s how the roster shakes out for Texas A&M football entering the 2017 season.

The Aggies have some high-profile players to replace in 2017, none more well known than reigning No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett. He was one of five NFL draft selections from the 2016 Aggie squad. Seven Aggies transferred and a handful of other players like Ricky Seals-Jones, Speedy Noil and Claude George are trying to make it in the NFL as free agents.

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But let’s focus on the guys who are here. The starting 11 on offensive and defense for the Aggies should look a little bit like this.

Defensive Tackles

Starting defensive tackles: Kingsley Keke, Zaycoven Henderson
Backups: Daylon Mack, Justin Madubuike

The interior portion of the defensive line might be the deepest position group on the team. Zaycoven Henderson looked to be off to the NFL before suffering a leg injury in the Texas Bowl. Rather than enter the draft injured, Henderson chose to come back to school. He’ll be paired with Kingsley Keke, a potential upper round draft pick in 2018.

If that wasn’t good enough, those two will have former 5-star tackle Daylon Mack backing them up. Mack is one of those guys with an incredibly high ceiling that hasn’t put it all together yet. He hasn’t found the stamina to be an every down player yet, but given one more year in the weight room he could be making plays like this more often:

Behind Mack are Madubuike and Morton. Both guys are 6-foot 3 and 300 pounds. When they get their turn in the front they’ll hold their own. A unit that has struggled to get pressure inside looks to have enough bodies to improve significantly in 2017.