Brown Taken Number Two By Dolphins

Running back Ronnie Brown was selected second overall in the 2005 NFL Draft on Saturday.

New York, NY–-The suspense didn't take too long for Auburn's Ronnie Brown as he was taken with the second overall selection by the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft Saturday becoming the highest running back draft selection by the team since Larry Csonka in 1968.

"I'm excited about it," Brown says. "I'm definitely excited about the decision that they made and hopefully I can go down there and do what I'm supposed to do from that standpoint."

The first Auburn running back taken in the first round since Brent Fullwood went fourth overall to the Green Bay Packers in 1987, Brown says it's a tremendous honor to be taken so high and by a great organization like Miami, although he didn't know until the last moment it was going to happen.

Ronnie Brown

"I didn't know until after my phone rang before the announcement," Brown says. "They did (give me some idea) when I did a workout with them the week after the combine."

In being selected number two overall to the Dolpins, Brown became the first running back since 2001 to be taken in the top five overall and became the first back since Marshall Faulk was drafted second overall by Indianapolis to be one of the first two picks of the draft. Not bad company for a player that wasn't a full-time starter on the collegiate level thanks to having Carnell Williams on the same team.

Brown becomes the first Auburn player overall to be taken in the first round since Kendall Simmons was drafted 30th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002. He's also just the second Auburn player to be a first-rounder since Tommy Tuberville arrived on the Plains. Before Simmons Auburn had not had a first rounder since both Takeo Spikes and Victory Riley in 1998. Brown says that this year's class of draft picks that includes Carlos Rogers at number nine to the Washington Redskins takes a lot of pride in keeping the Auburn name going strong on the next level.

"It says a lot about our team and the direction we're going," Brown says of Auburn, "the type of people and what kind of program we are."

Now Brown faces the task of taking his game to the NFL, a place he's dreamed about playing his entire life. One thing he has going for him is a familiarity with his coach Nick Saban. The former LSU coach, Saban is someone that was once an enemy, but Brown says it's easy to let that go and move forward to help the Dolphins be victorious.

"It's going to be exciting," Brown says. "We have a feel for each other. He's familiar with me and I'm familiar with him. Hopefully we can go down there and get things going."


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