The parade of picks began with Auburn's Ronnie Brown going to the Miami Dolphins with the second overall pick and fellow running back Carnell Williams just behind as the fifth pick going to the Tampa Bay Bucs. That made the Tiger seniors the earliest pair of running backs selected from the same team in the history of the NFL draft.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says that he was not surprised except to say that he figured Williams might have gone even sooner than number five overall.
With many draft projections predicting Jason Campbell going in the second round, Tuberville says that he expected his All-SEC quarterback to be taken in round one along with the running backs and cornerback Carlos Rogers, who was the ninth pick to the Washington Redskins.
Further history was made with Campbell joining his running backs to make the first ever complete starting backfield drafted in NFL history.
Auburn's four selections are shy of the all-time record for first round drafts that was set a year ago by Miami when six Hurricanes were selected. Miami in 2002 and Southern Cal in 1968 are the only colleges with five first round selections.
Since the SEC expansion in 1992 going from 10 to 12 teams, the league has had 79 players selected in the first round, an average of 5.6 players per season. Other SEC players taken in the first round this year include:
Others in that group included Tennessee's Peyton Manning as the No. 1 pick to the Indianapolis Colts, Florida's Fred Taylor (Jacksonville), Georgia's Robert Edwards (New England), Tennessee's Terry Fair (Detroit), Florida's Mo Collins (Oakland), LSU's Alan Faneca (Pittsburgh), Ole Miss' John Avery (Miami) and Tennessee's Marcus Nash (Denver).