AU FB Derrick Brown NFL Draft

Six former Auburn players heard their name called in last week's NFL Draft, moving them closer to fulfilling their childhood dreams of suiting up and playing in the pros. 

All-American defensive tackle Derrick Brown didn't have to wait long to find out his new home for next season, as the Carolina Panthers selected him with the seventh pick in the first round. 

"Derrick's a dominant player," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "He's dominant against the run, dominant against the pass. He's like a coach on the field. He's smart, he's durable. They're getting the complete package with Derrick Brown."

Even though he's only played at his current position for two years, cornerback Noah Igbinoghene slid into the first round, with the Miami Dolphins selecting the two-year starter with the 30th pick. 

Many NFL analysts noted Igbinoghene's potential and high ceiling when grading the pick.

"The Dolphins are getting a special player," said Malzahn. "You’re talking about a guy who’s only played corner really for two years, so we think his best ball is ahead of him. He’s a great competitor, he’s a super kick returner, so I think they’re getting the complete package with Noah."

Brown's compatriot on Auburn's defensive line, Marlon Davidson, heard his name called on the second day of the draft when the Atlanta Falcons picked the standout defensive end with the 15th pick (47th overall) of the second round.

Davidson was a rarity at Auburn, starting along the defensive line since he came to The Plains as a true freshman. 

"Marlon Davidson is one of the best football players to come through Auburn since I've been here," said Malzahn. "He's so versatile. You can move him around. He's very good against the run and very good against the pass. He can dissect the plays as they are coming, the schemes. He has that unique ability to know what's coming."

The next Tiger to find a new home came at the end of the fourth round, when the Philedelphia Eagles selected offensive lineman Jack Driscoll  with the 145th overall pick. 

"His strength is he can play all five positions on the offensive line," said Malzahn. "He's athletic, he's a technician and he's durable. Jack will play banged up and through things. I think he's got a chance to play in the league a long time."

Defensive back Daniel Thomas will be moving to the coast after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him with the 12th pick of the fifth round. 

"Daniel Thomas is a heat seeking missile," said Malzahn. "He knows how to get after the football. The Jaguars are getting a guy that loves football and loves practicing football who is a very good special team’s player."

The last Tiger selected was offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho, who was taken by the Eagles with the 31st pick in the seventh round. 

"The Eagles really got a steal getting Prince Tega in the sixth round," said Malzahn. "He’s a guy that I think has his best football ahead of him. He's still learning the game. He's so athletic and he's a tough guy, who is an extremely motivated player."

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