Four Auburn Players Taken In First Round Of NFL Draft
April 23, 2005
Ronnie Brown Jason Campbell with parents and
Jason Campbell with parents and
"This is a great day for Auburn, but more importantly a great day for Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "You hate to see all of these guys leave, knowing we are going to have to replace them, but this was their day. I couldn't be prouder of them."
Auburn's historic day was highlighted by two other NFL Draft firsts. The combination of Campbell, Brown and Williams marked the first time in NFL Draft history that an entire backfield from the same college was drafted in the first round in the same year. Brown and Williams were also the first running back duo from the same school to be taken in the top five overall during the same draft.
"It makes you feel good knowing that we knew we had a good football team," Tuberville said. "This puts the icing on the cake, as we are starting to be recognized by the efforts of the NFL people who have done all of the background work."
"I'm definitely excited about it," Brown said. "I'm happy with the decision they (Miami) made. Hopefully I can do what it takes to be successful and do whatever the coaches ask of me to help the team."
Brown finished his Auburn career seventh all-time with 2,707 rushing yards with 28 rushing touchdowns on the ground. As a senior in 2004, Brown was a first-team All-SEC pick after rushing for 913 yards on 153 attempts with eight rushing scores.
Brown is the highest drafted Auburn player since Aundray Bruce was the first overall pick of the 1988 draft. The Cartersville, Ga., native is the first running back selected in the top two of the NFL Draft in the last 10 years and first to be drafted in the top five since 2001.
Williams is second on Auburn's all-time leading rusher (3,831) and all-purpose yardage (5,084) lists and holds the school record for rushing touchdowns with 45. A first-team All-American as a senior, Williams rushed for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004.
"To be honest, I was thinking I was going to go to Tampa, because we had such a great relationship when I was at the Senior Bowl," Williams said. "So I expected to go (to Tampa Bay), but at the same time, I didn't know."
Rogers was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2004 as the nation's best collegiate defensive back as Auburn's lock-down cornerback. Rogers, an Augusta, Ga., native, was a consensus All-American after tallying 47 tackles and two interceptions.
"I'm very happy about the way things went," Rogers said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to being a Redskin. This is the best news I've gotten in a long time."
The Washington Redskins are the first NFL club to draft two Auburn players in the same draft since 1994 when the Los Angeles Rams selected tackle Wayne Gandy and running back James Bostic.
"It will be an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to be playing for a legendary coach, like coach (Joe) Gibbs," Campbell said. "To have the opportunity to play under him and participate in this organization is tremendous. It's going to be an Auburn family reunion in Washington with Carlos and (former Auburn linebacker) Marcus Washington."
Campbell was named the 2004 Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,700 yards and 20 touchdowns while directing Auburn to a perfect 13-0 record. A Taylorsville, Miss., native Campbell was the SEC Championship game and NOKIA Sugar Bowl game MVP. Campbell concluded his Auburn career as the school's second leading passer in total yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions and first in completion percentage and passing efficiency.
The NFL Draft will continue through Sunday.
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