The NFL Combine kicks off today with nine former Tigers ready to prove themselves against some of the best talent the NCAA has to offer.
At the front of Auburn prospects stands All-American defensive linemen Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson. In their time at Auburn, the two terrors of the trenches played in over 50 games.
Brown made 170 tackles and tallied 13 sacks during his career in the orange and blue. Davidson racked up 175 tackles 17 sacks and three blocked kicks in his four years with the Tigers.
According to NFL.com’s final report on Brown, he’s a rare combination of size and disruptive traits. He’s quick off the ball and this leads to him bull rushing his way into the backfield. They project the Lott IMPACT Trophy recipient to become a high-impact starter early in his career, with a potential all pro ceiling.
Davidson is projected to be a starter within his first two seasons. The scouts cited his foot work and inside quickness as key strengths, as well as his ability to offer diversity to defensive schemes. It seems that these two will have an earlier crack at the league than most.
The Tigers are also sending a trio of defensive backs to the combine this year. Daniel Thomas, Noah Igbinoghene and Javaris Davis have combined for 52 pass deflections for the Tigers. Thomas, the Montgomery native, wrangled down 199 tackles and hauled in five interceptions in his career at Auburn. He even took one 29 yards to the house for a score.
Igbinoghene appeared to be the main focus of the Auburn cornerback corps. It’s not hard to see why — the junior had 92 tackles and 19 pass deflections, but his special team skills may be more valuable than his defense. As a return man, he netted the Tigers 628 yards, averaging 31.4 yards per return. He has scored twice on kick returns, the most recent being a career-long 96-yarder in Auburn’s Outback Bowl performance against the University of Minnesota.
Igbinoghene is projected to be drafted in a later round and, according to NFL.com, has the potential to be a starter within two years.
Rounding out the trio is Davis, the Jacksonville native, who played in 49 games for the Tigers and hauled in eight interceptions. Many analysts have him going later in the draft and making a team roster after summer training.
Auburn junior Nick Coe has also declared for the draft. He started at buck end for the Tigers but prides himself on his diversity. Coe had the ability to play any position on the Tigers' defensive line and even some outside linebacker. The image of a 291-pound outside linebacker is sure to make even NFL players think twice. In his 36 games, he earned 71 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass deflection. According to NFL.com, he could be off the board in a middle to late rounds and will surely find his way to an NFL roster.
Auburn is sending a pair of offensive linemen to the draft this year as well in Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho. Driscoll came to Auburn as a graduate transfer and has made 45 consecutive college starts. This is ranked 10th amongst current FBS offensive Linemen. In his 25 games with Auburn, the Tigers rushed for 4,765 yards. According to NFL.com, he will be taken in a later round and will have the chance to earn a roster spot.
Wanogho, the Lagos, Nigeria native, was named second-team All-SEC in 2019. According to NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein, his rapid-fire punch-style blocking has the potential to earn him a space in the locker room
Finishing off Auburn’s 2020 draft prospects is Australian punter Arryn Siposs. He has attempted 117 punts for 5,150 yards, with 21 punts going over 50 yards. His longest punt was 60 yards, with an average of 44. According to NFL.com, he may go in a late round but will probably have his best luck in free agency, where he will be seen as a priority. The Combine lasts until March 1 and the 2020 NFL Draft is on April 23-25.