May 8, 2014
Greg Robinson will in the forefront for Auburn in the NFL Draft
By Charles Goldberg
NEW YORK — At NFL.com, where you can look at NFL drafts in all sorts of way, Auburn is in a pull-down menu between Assumption and Augsburg.
That's the alphabet for you.
Assumption and Augsburg don't have any recorded draft picks, but Auburn certainly does. Auburn has had 273 players selected in pro football drafts, counting some who were drafted more than once. The Tigers figure to add to that total before this year's NFL Draft is done at Radio City Music Hall. The draft starts at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Auburn time, with the first round on ESPN and the NFL Network. Offensive lineman Greg Robinson won't have to wait long to hear his name called.
Where did it begin for Auburn? Jim Sivell. Nineteen-hundred-and-thirty-eight. The Brooklyn Dodgers. No, not those Brooklyn Dodgers. The football-playing NFL Brooklyn Dodgers.
Wait this list says Walter Gilbert and Joel Eaves were drafted in 1937.
Five Auburn players have been No. 1 pro football picks, counting the AFL. The last to do it was Cam Newton in 2011. A fellow named Bo did it in 1986. Remember 2005? Auburn had four first-rounders in Ronnie Brown, the No. 2 overall pick; Carnell Williams, the No. 5 pick; Carlos Rogers, the No. 9 pick; and Jason Campbell, the No. 25 pick.
First up this Thursday night figures to be Robinson. NFL guessers guess he'll be the No. 2 overall pick. A lot of people say defensive end and soon-to-be outside linebacker Dee Ford could be a first-round pick, too. Next to go figures to be running back Tre Mason, maybe in the second round.
Defensive back Chris Davis could be next. Fullback Jay Prosch and punter Steven Clark would like to turn their niche roles into draft picks as well. CBS.com lists 11 Tigers, ranging from Robinson to a lot of hopefuls.
Auburn's Shon Coleman won't be going in the draft, but he'll announce a first-round pick on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which helped him beat cancer.
You want rankings right now? Oh, you can't turn on the Internet without draft rankings. You want projections? Here you go….
Paved the way for Auburn's record-setting offense in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore and, yes, he's eligible for the
No. 2 overall pick by CBS, ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., NFL.com.
No. 4 pick by NFL.com's Gil Brandt
Defensive end/outside linebacker
Led Auburn in sacks and tackles for loss
Ranked the 30th best overall player and No. 2 at his position by CBS.
He's says he's a first-round pick.
Projected first round by ESPN's McShay; as high as the 20th overall pick by NFL.com; first or second round by CBS; second round by NFL.com's Brandt.
Set single-season Auburn rushing record and led SEC in rushing with 1,800 yards
Ranked 60th best player, third best running back and second rounder by CBS; 64th best player by Brandt.
You might remember him for running that missed Alabama field goal 109 yards to beat the Tide
CBS says he's the 151st best player available and the 22nd best safety, and projects him in the middle rounds
Didn't have a carry last year but ran but was a devastating blocker
Ranked as the 155th best player available and the top fullback by CBS, which projects him to go in the fifth round.
Hit a lot of drop-dead punts inside the 20. Heck, inside the 5.
Seventh round/Free agent
CBS says he's the 282nd best player available the fourth best punter. Projects him to go in the seventh and last round or as a free agent.
Field goal maker who is interesting because of his booming, non-returnable kickoffs.
CBS calculates he's the 380th best player. CBS says he's the sixth best kicker and will sign a free agent deal.
WANT TO GET THE CALL
And a chance in camp as a free agent.
Linebacker Jake Holland, defensive tackle Nosa Eguae, defensive end Craig Sanders, safety Ryan Smith and cornerback Ryan White.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: