NFL Draft: Auburn’s past picks await new members to roll call
Updated April 23, 2017
Posted April 23, 2017
Auburn will add at least a couple to its NFL Draft total when the league’s 82nd annual player picks are held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia.
NFL teams have made 263 selections from Auburn during the league’s regular draft process, and this year’s draft could return the Tigers to the first round for the first time since 2014.
But that’s the future. Here’s the past – every Auburn player who has been selected in a regular NFL Draft:
No. 1 picks
Tucker Frederickson, running back, Giants, 1965; Bo Jackson, running back, Buccaneers, 1986; Aundray Bruce, linebacker, Falcons, 1988; Cam Newton, quarterback, Panthers, 2011.
Only two teams have provided more No. 1 picks in the NFL Draft than Auburn – Notre Dame and Southern Cal with five apiece. Newton has been the most successful of the Tigers’ top picks in the pros, earning an NFL MVP Award in 2015 to go with his 2010 Heisman Trophy. Frederickson (above) was a Pro Bowler as a rookie, but knee injuries wrecked his career. Bruce played in 11 NFL seasons, but was a starter for only the first two. Jackson pursued football as a “hobby” with the Raiders while playing pro baseball, appearing in 38 games in four seasons before an injury ended his career. (For more on Jackson, see the 183rd pick.)
No. 2 picks
Ronnie Brown, running back, Dolphins, 2005; Greg Robinson, tackle, Rams, 2014.
No. 4 pick
Brent Fullwood, running back, Packers, 1987.
No. 5 picks
Jim “Red” Phillips, end, Rams, 1958; Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, running back, Buccaneers, 2005.
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Published at Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:00:25 +0000