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Auburn Part of SEC West Dominance in Round One of NFL Draft – (UPDATE: 10 Tigers sign NFL deals)

By on May 9th, 2014 in Football 11 Comments »

NFL Draft Football                                                                                                                                      (photo:AP/Craig Rutlte)
Former Auburn Offensive tackle Greg Robinson, started the night off for the SEC at the 2014 NFL Draft being chosen as the No.2 overall player by the St. Louis Rams. Before the night was over the SEC would have 10 First Round Picks.

Robinson’s selection now means that no team in the nation for the last three decades has had more picks in the Top 2 of the NFL Draft than Auburn. And Greg’s selection is the highest for an Auburn player since Cam Newton was chosen No.1 in 2011.

Even though the Rams had shown a lot of pre draft interest in the All-American, Shon said, “I didn’t want to believe it until it happened.” It was a special night for Gus Malzahn too, “When you recruit, coach, and get to know a guy,” Malzahn said, “and they have dreams, and when they can reach those dreams, it’s a real special moment for a coach.”

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Defensive End Dee Ford was also a First Round Pick going to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 23rd pick. Ford is the ninth Auburn Defensive Lineman to be drafted in the last 10 years and the 30th all-time first round pick of an Auburn Tiger in the program’s history. Dee said he was surprised to be taken by the Chiefs yet still, “definitely honored.”

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One of the best moments of last night’s program came when future first round Auburn Tackle, Shon Coleman was present to make an announcement of a first round selection. Shon a cancer survivor (and an inspiration to all) is a probable replacement for Greg Robinson at left tackle. He was invited to announced the 14th pick in the draft, which went to Pittsburgh’s Defensive End Arnold Donal who was selected by the St. Louis Rams.

The SEC (particularly the West Division) dominated the first round, accounting for a third of those selected. Auburn was a part of seven SEC West 1st Round drafts, giving the West more first round picks than the total of any conference in the country. And the draft is not over yet. With Tre Mason, Jay Prosch, Chris Davis, and several more Tigers eligible, we can expect this year to be one of the best for Auburn in the draft in nearly a decade.


UPDATES from close of draft:
The Tigers had 4 players drafted, 6 players agree to free agency deals, and 2 players invited for tryouts at NFL camps for a total of 12 Tigers with a chance to play in the NFL.

Drafted players:
* Greg Robimsom – Rams
* Dee Ford – Chiefs
* Tre Mason – Rams
* Jay Prosch – Texans

Players signing free agent deals:
* Ryan Smith  – Cowboys
* Ryam White – Packers
* Nosa Eguae – Falcons
* Chris Davis – Chargers
* Steven Clark – Broncos
* Cody Parkey – Colts

Players invited to NFL camps:
* Jake Holland – Falcons
* Kenneth Carter – Chiefs

11 Comments

  1. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Wish the Falcons could have had Robinson. It’ll be interesting to see how Ford does in the Chiefs defensive system. I think someone is going to get a STEAL with Tre Mason. Here’s to hoping he lands on a team I can tolerate.

  2. SEC_Eric says:

    Glad Dee Ford was in the 1st round but I was hoping he would be one of the 21 that were chose ahead of Manziel. At #23 he came close to Manziel’s #22 pick. I was also surprised that Texas A&M had 3 players in the first round.

    Those that talked for the last week about how the SEC needs to play 9 games need to look at how much of the draft is made up of SEC players every year.

  3. hello2196 says:

    So glad to see Auburn so well represented. Was hoping Greg Robinson would be No.1 but No.2 is still great. Also was hoping Tre Mason would be in first round. What were the SEC schools that placed in the first round and how many picks did each have?

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I think we were all pulling for Tre to go in the first round. I’ll be surprised if he’s not taken in the second round.

      The following SEC teams had players drafted in the first round. (West Div. Teams in bold letters):

      South Carolina – 1 pick – (overall #1) – DE, Jadeveon Clowney to the Texans.

      Auburn – 2 picks – (No.2 and No. 23) – OT,Greg Robinson to Rams and DE, Dee Ford to Cheifs.

      Texas A&M
      – 3 picks – (No.6,7, & 22) – OT Jake Matthews to Falcons; WR, Mike Evans to Bucs; QB Johnny Manziel to Browns.

      LSU
      - 1 pick – (No.12) – WR, Odell Beckham to Giants.

      Alabama
      – 2 picks (No.17 & No. 21) – ILB, CJ Mosely to Ravens; FS, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Packers.

      Tennessee – 1 pick (No. 19) – OT, James Juan to Dolphins

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Glad to see that Tre Mason will be with Greg Robinson, Darren Bates, and Emory Blake in St. Louis.

  5. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Jay Prosch drafted by Houston Texans. He will be a great player in the pros.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks PMT for the updates. Auburn had 4 players drafted and there’s still a strong possibililty that others may make it as free agents.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        And as noted in story updates, 6 signed free agent deals and 2 have been invited to NFL camps.

  6. jame78287 says:

    Why should acknowledging a player from the past raise eyebrows at Auburn?. I think he’s smart for recognizing what the significance of wearing that number for the Chiefs means.

    If any fans of the “Battle Chickens” are mifted about that they’re idiots. Bama fans have always recognized Bo Jackson as one of the best and he came out of Auburn…

    As a Auburn Tigers fan I wish him the best of luck!