Auburn's Josh Holsey Taken In the National Football League Draft; Other Tigers Sign As Free Agents

Josh Holsey became the fourth Tiger taken in the 2017 NFL Draft and other Auburn players have signed free agent contracts with pro teams.

Josh Holsey (above) is shown at Auburn's pro day.

Auburn, Ala.--Josh Holsey, who made two comebacks from ACL injuries, was selected in the seventh round of the National Football League Draft by the Washington Redskins.

On Saturday the Auburn defensive back was 17th pick of the seventh round, No. 235 overall.

Holsey played in 12 games in 2016 with 11 starts and was one of the key players in the defensive improvement shown by the Tigers. He made 27 solo tackles with three assists. He intercepted three passes, which he returned for 47 yards, and deflected 10 passes. He also had one tackle for lost yardage.

He played in 44 games for the Tigers and started 31 times while making 118 tackles.

Holsey won praise from Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele for his versatility. The defensive back played cornerback, safety and nickel for the Tigers.

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Josh Holsey was one of the 2016 team's most respect players by his teammates.

As a true freshman in 2012 the bluechip prospect out of Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga., played in 12 games with six starts. He made 30 tackles and deflected six passes.

In 2013 he started the first six games before being lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered in practice prior to the Texas A&M game. In 2014 he bounced back to play in all 14 games with seven starts and 41 tackles. In 2015 he suffered a torn ACL in game two and received a medical hardship scholarship.

Auburn's earlier draft picks were also defensive players with Montravius Adams going to the Green Bay Packers in round three, Carl Lawson being taken by the Bengals in round four and Rudy Ford being taken in the sixth round by Arizona.

Undrafted Auburn players have signed with NFL teams as free agents. That group includes defensive tackles Devaroe Lawrence, with the New Orleans Saints and Maurice Swain with the Detroit Lions along with offensive tackle Robert Leff with the Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Tony Stevens with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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