2017 NFL Draft: Auburn football history, first-round picks, draft projections

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It’s draft night and a couple of Auburn football players are hoping to become the next first round selection.

The mock drafts vary, but Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams are projected anywhere from the 2017 NFL Draft first round Thursday night or Rounds 2 or 3 on Friday.

Three Auburn players were selected in last year’s draft and five more in 2015, but you have to go back to 2014 to find the last Tiger taken in the first round. Offensive lineman Greg Robinson (Rams) was taken No. 2 overall and defensive end Dee Ford (Chiefs) was 23rd.

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Here’s what you need to know about Auburn and the NFL draft:

How many Auburn players will be taken in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Two players are guarantees: Lawson and Adams. Beyond that, defensive back Rudy Ford is the next best bet. Several other Auburn players will hope to hear their name, including offensive guard Alex Kozan, defensive back Josh Holsey, receiver Tony Stevens and offensive lineman Robert Leff. But it’s most likely that group will become undrafted free agents.

When is the 2017 NFL Draft?

The 2017 NFL Draft will be held over three days. Round 1 is Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. Round 2 and Round 3 is Friday at 7 p.m. ET and the remaining four rounds will be held Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. ET.

Where can I watch the 2017 NFL Draft?

ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network will televise all three days of the draft live.

How many Auburn players have been taken in the first round?

Since the first draft in 1937, 30 Auburn players have heard their name called in the first round.

2014 OL Greg Robinson St. Louis 2
2014 DE Dee Ford Kansas City 23
2011 QB Cam Newton Carolina 1
2011 DT Nick Fairley Detroit 13
2007 OL Ben Grubbs Baltimore 29
2005 RB Ronnie Brown Miami 2
2005 RB Cadillac Williams Tampa Bay 5
2005 CB Carlos Rogers Washington 9
2005 QB Jason Campbell Washington 25
2002 OL Kendall Simmons Pittsburgh 30
1998 LB Takeo Spikes Cincinnati 13
1998 OT Victor Riley Kansas City 27
1996 OT Willie Anderson Cincinnati 10
1994 OT Wayne Gandy L.A. Rams 15
1988 LB Aundray Bruce Atlanta 1
1987 RB Brent Fullwood Green Bay 4
1986 RB Bo Jackson Tampa Bay 1
1986 DE Gerald Robinson Minnesota 14
1984 WR Chris Woods* L.A. Raiders 28
1981 RB James Brooks San Diego 24
1978 TE Reese McCall Baltimore Colts 25
1972 WR Terry Beasley San Francisco 19
1968 C Forrest Blue San Franscisco 15
1965 RB Tucker Frederickson NY Giants 1
1961 OT Ken Rice St. Louis Cardinals 8
1959 LB Jackie Burkett Baltimore Colts 12
1958 E Red Phillips L.A. Rams 5
1956 HB Joe Childress Chicago Cardinals 7
1955 E Dave Middleton Detroit 12
1950 QB Travis Tidwell NY Giants 7

* Supplemental pick

How many Auburn players have been taken with the No. 1 draft pick?

Four Tigers have been the No. 1 NFL draft pick. The New York Giants took RB Tucker Frederickson first overall in the 1965 draft. In 1986, Tampa Bay took Bo Jackson, followed by LB Aundray Bruce was taken No. 1 in 1988 by Atlanta. QB Cam Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy and led Auburn to its last national championship, was the fourth Tiger selected first overall in 2011 by Carolina.

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Ken Bradley – SEC Country

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