Sam Houston State has a defensive lineman gaining NFL Draft attention for the second year in a row.
Defensive end Derick Roberson has exploded during his senior season, which has caught the eye of draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.
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"The transfer from Texas is really fun to watch, and he has risen from an undraftable grade all the way up to consideration for Day 2," Kiper wrote in an ESPN article. "After a five-sack 2017 season, Roberson already has 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles this season, including five straight games with at least 1.5 sacks. He tore apart Incarnate Word on Saturday, with two sacks, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and six total tackles. Roberson is going to be an intriguing prospect when more scouts get a closer look at his 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame at all-star games in January. He has been no match for FCS offensive tackles."
Roberson played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game out of high school and was ranked the No. 57 overall and No. 9 defensive end in the nation by Scout. He redshirted at Texas in 2014 and played in 10 games in 2015. Roberson transferred to SHSU in 2016 and played in eight games before starting 13 games last year.
This season, he totals 56 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries.
In the 2018 NFL Draft, Bearkats defensive tackle P.J. Hall was selected in the second round by the Oakland Raiders.