The Dye-Gest: Draft Days

College Hall of Fame football coach Pat Dye writes about the NFL Draft and other subjects in this week's column.

I start my column with a heavy heart thinking about what took place across the state of Alabama this week It's a natural disaster that you can't explain It's part of life It just happens We'll just have to pick up the pieces and move on

I'm also so thankful and grateful to have our sponsor Alabama Power Company on the job putting the pieces back together across the state Knowing the quality of the people and the dedication of the employees and the leadership of Charles McCrary, they will get the state back up and running as quickly as possible If the folks across the state knew them like I do they would know they're going to do everything possible to get power back to all of the places and help to start the healing process

It's a big day with all of the potential draftees, particularly with a strong interest from all the Auburn fans and Auburn people They want to know and see where Cam Newton and Nick Fairley wind up There are some other names down the list in that group that could certainly be drafted as well Even if they're not drafted there are several players that will make the NFL as late round draft choices or free agents whatever it may be

"I guess it's a consensus across the country that everybody thinks Cam Newton will go number one Maybe it's a done deal I don't know

We know Nick Fairley is going to go in the first round as a high draft pick It will be interesting to see where they pick Zach Clayton I think for sure he'll be drafted He could be a late round selection, but he could surprise some folks and move up I know he had a great year last year

Zach Clayton is shown at Auburn's Pro Day

I hope all the scouts and general managers and coaches from around the country know what kind of person he is and what kind of kid he is That would certainly add to his worth as a member of anybody's football team

Then you have Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery Both of them made big play after big play last year I think they'll make somebody's football team regardless of if they get drafted or sign as a free agent And the kicker Wes Byrum He's been dependable and is going to get a shot somewhere Lee Ziemba, I'm not sure what his status is, but he'll get a shot

I don't know what the talk has been surrounding them but I like the two guards (Byron Isom and Mike Berry) and Ryan Pugh I think all of those guys across the front are going to get a shot somewhere You just never know when one of those guys is going to make it They got better the whole time they were at Auburn and there is no reason why they shouldn't get better when they go to somebody's camp in the NFL

It will be a fun day for the Auburn folks and there will be some disappointments There will be some exciting things to take place, there always are Eventually the cream always comes to the top It's part of the cycle of a player

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers com )

Editor's Note: This part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers com about the game he played and coached An All-American at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn who was also head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming, Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches Dye writes three columns a week--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks

Pat Dye's Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve and Lodge

Pat Dye's Quail Hollow Gardens

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