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