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Most Auburn Players Drafted by NFL in Last 28 Years

By on April 29th, 2019 in Football, News 6 Comments »

Deshaun Davis congratulates Jarret Stidham for winning MVP of Music City Bowl. The two Tigers will now be playing for different teams in the NFL. (photo: Auburn media file)

It’s been an anxious three days for Auburn football players waiting to hear their names called out in the 2019 NFL Draft. No Tiger was selected in Thursday’s opening round. Then on Friday one player was drafted in the 3rd round.

Cornerback  Jamel Dean, was that first Auburn player taken. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Then on Saturday Jarrett Stidham was selected in the 4th round by the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Perhaps no other Auburn player drew as much attention from scouts than Stidham.

Several prognosticators expected the Auburn quarterback would be taken on Friday. Still the Patriots organization paid the Auburn program a great compliment in selecting its signal caller Saturday. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity for Stidham to come into the league as Tom Brady’s understudy as many think Brady may be the best ever to play the game.

Stidham said he was looking forward to learning from the master. “You can’t play for 20 years and not have so much knowledge of the game,” said Jarrett. “So just being able to sit there and soak up everything that he’s gone through and pick his brain [will be a good thing for me].”

It should be a good thing for the Pats as well. In just two seasons on the Plains, Stidham led the Tigers to an SEC West Championship and came within one game of making the College Football Playoffs while throwing just shy of 6,000 yards with 36 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.   

The Tigers saw four more players selected on the 2019 NFL Draft’s final day. Wide receiver Darius Slayton was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants and Deshaun Davis went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round.

In the seventh round, fullback Chandler Cox  was taken by the Miami Dolphins and defensive lineman Dontavius Russell was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 235th pick.

In addition, after the draft concluded, three former Auburn stars were signed as free agents. Linebacker Darrell Williams signed with the New Orleans Saints while Andrew Williams will join Dontavius Russell on the D-line in Jacksonville, and Ryan Davis will have an opportunity to catch passes again from Jarrett Stidham in New England.

With nine players inking contracts, this was the most successful NFL Draft for the Tigers since 1991. And the six draftees were the most Auburn players since the round-seven era began in 1994. We’re looking forward to following these guys in the next chapter of their football careers. Good luck men and War Eagle!

6 Comments

  1. AUglenn says:

    Wow that’s god news!

    Question for anyone: With Tom Brady being 41 years old, could Jarrett Stidham be the next New England quarterback in the next couple of years?

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Answer on Stidham… he will have to get light-years quicker getting rid of the ball. The reason Brady is still playing in his 40s is that he rarely leaves the pocket and does not get sacked much. That ball is out of his hand quickly.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Patriots run more spread than anything. Their are two age-old defensive philosophies on defending a pass first offense of that sort. Either you play soft zone coverage, and try to keep it all in front. It’s hard for an offense to move down the field on 5 yard hitch passes.

    …..Or, you blitz like crazy, and hit the quarterback. He might throw a 30 yard completion on a back shoulder fade, but he got hit. Quarterbacks that get hit rarely make it through an 18-game season.

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I’m not a huge fan of dissecting the NFL Draft, but this year it’s worth noting that not only did Auburn have 6 guy drafted, but almost certainly Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson would have been drafted also, if they had left early!

    …..It really blows my mind that Auburn went 3-5 in the SEC with this kind of talent on hand.`

  5. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    With the possible exception of Jason Campbell or Cam Newton, Jared Stidham’s drafting by the Patriots may be the most fortuitous draft placement of an Auburn quarterback in our long history.

    For those old enough to remember Pat Sullivan’s rookie season at Atlanta, it was a case of a poor team throwing a versatile mobile quarterback to the wolves. Ordered to stay in the pocket at all costs, Norm van Brocklin refused to even try Sullivan’s roll-out quickness and forced him into a seven step drop and half-second release before the inadequately-blocked Falcon pocket collapsed.

    Few other Auburn passers had a chance to learn the NFL game, especially from the likes of Brady and Belichick for a season or two before starting. What an excellent opportunity to learn from the best. Short of starting immediately, this is definitely the best of any other possible situation.

    Best of luck to Jared.

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