NFL Draft rewind: Auburn’s five-year recap

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Auburn has three prospects looking to get picked up in the NFL ranks this season, and defensive Corey Lemonier is a top-100 prospect and will get drafted. Running back Onterio McCalebb and tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen hope to get picked up, too.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and review the last five draft years for the Tigers, as 15 total prospects were picked:

2012 (1)

  • Brandon Mosley, New York (4th round)

2011 (4)

  • Cam Newton, Carolina (1st round)
  • Nick Fairley, Detroit (1st round)
  • Zach Clayton, Tennessee (7th round)
  • Lee Ziemba, Carolina (7th round)

2010 (2)

  • Ben Tate, Houston (2nd round)
  • Walter McFadden, Oakland (5th round)

2009 (3)

  • Sen’Derrick Marks, Tennessee (2nd round)
  • Jerraud Powers, Indianapolis (3rd round)
  • Tyronne Green, San Diego (4th round)

2008 (5)

  • Quentin Groves, Jacksonville (2nd round)
  • Pat Lee, Green Bay (2nd round)
  • Pat Sims, Cincinnati (3rd round)
  • Jonathan Wilhite, New England (4th round)
  • King Dunlap, Philadelphia (7th round)

Best Pro: Cam Newton electrified college football in his final (and only) year at Auburn, and then he went into the NFL and continued what he did in college…and made it look easy. Newton threw for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns as a rookie, and turned right around and threw for 3,869 yards with 19 touchdowns this past season. In addition to racking up yardage through the air, Newton rushed for 1,447 yards and 22 touchdowns in the NFL, too. Yeah, I know his attitude wasn’t the greatest, but Newton is a baller for the Panthers.

Most Disappointing Pro: Sen’Derrick Marks is the biggest disappointment in the last five years. The former second-round pick, frankly, turned out to be a bust. He’s only registered a total of three sacks in four seasons as a defensive tackle. He’s been banged up throughout his NFL career, but those kind of numbers for the 62nd pick overall isn’t exactly getting it done.

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