Where Auburn players were selected in 7-round mock draft

Some of the most important defensive players in recent Auburn memory are finally turning pro. Auburn may not have had the deepest draft class of the past few seasons, but after another high-profile drop at Cornerback, it’s an interesting crop of prospects.

With the NFL group to start next week and Senior Ball wrapped up, Last week, the Pro Football Network published a seven-round mock draft that featured three selections for Auburn players. Estimated by PFN’s Senior Director, Cam Mellor, here is where each previous tiger was selected, and each landing spot explained.

• Roger McCreary45th overall (second round) for the Ravens

“Get rid of all the preconceived notions that Roger McCreary’s ‘lack of height’ in his arms would be detrimental to him. All he did was shut down SEC receivers for years at Auburn. He would be good at defending Baltimore.”

Monday smoke: No. 159 in general (5th floor) for ponies

“Ponies need to capture depth in a few positions, and safety is definitely one of those positions out of season. Smoke Monday can play just about anywhere from safe to free safety and any one off the back corner alignment. His best in the box because he’s individual Big, but his ability to cover is great.”

• Zkoby McClain: No. 179 overall (sixth round) for Jaguar

“Jacksonville has invested capital in an LB left-back before, but here we are again. Zooby McClain does everything you would expect a full-back to do and does well. He can patrol the field in running defense, dashing passers, and covering tightly in a passing game. “.

NFL.com’s latest, three-round mock draft pick, McCreary’s second-round (#38 overall) went to the Jets, where he will rejoin his old Auburn high school teammate, Jamin Sherwoodwho now plays as a quarterback in New York.

DraftWire’s updated draft model after the Super Bowl has McCreary as the first-rounder, with No. 24 overall going to the Cowboys. Monday is the Chiefs’ third-round pick (#92 overall) in the same form.

All three previous Tigers have been invited to the NFL next month. It’s the lowest number of potential leads Auburn has sent to the group since 2017.

A former three-star recruit who played his way to first-round expectations by returning to his first season, McCreary led the SEC with 14 breakaway passes in the regular season — one just shy of pegging. Chris DavisAuburn scored for one season in 2013. McCreary was the highest-grossing Pro Football Focus cornerback in the Power Five in the regular season and led the nation in forced non-completions (20).

McCreary had a solid showing at the Senior Bowl earlier this month in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, where he was named the U.S. MVP by his wide receiver teammates in practice that week.

Auburn hopes McCreary will be the latest in a strong line of players drafted into the NFL: Carlton Davis In the second round (2018), Jamal Dean In the third round (2019) and Noah Igbinoghene In the first round (2020).

The two have started the past two seasons at Auburn Stadium but have been an important part of high school in all four seasons with the programme, appearing in 44 games. He had three cuts in his Auburn career and 171 tackles.

Monday will be Auburn’s fifth safety draft in the past seven years.

Arguably Auburn’s most valuable defensive player over the past two seasons, he’s made 208 tackles since 2020 – the most an Auburn player has made in two seasons since then. Takeo Spikes in 1996-1997.

McClain became a household name at Auburn in 2019, when he featured a 100-yard pick-six class at the Iron Bowl, but the two seasons that followed have been more impressive. The former four-star recruit is one of the younger potential players in the NFL, but his production and energy certainly can’t be discussed.

Other Auburn players looking to recruit or find a home in a non-camp free agency would be considered offensive interference. brave importantwide future Demetris RobertsonDefensive handling Tony Galleryhasty pass TD Poultry and safety Pedarius Knight.

The 2022 NFL Draft will begin on April 28 in Las Vegas.