Obomanu Eager For Draft Day

A report on former Auburn wide receiver Ben Obomanu is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--With the NFL Draft less than a month away, wide receiver Ben Obomanu says he doesn't have a good feel for when or where he might be selected by a professional football team.

"I really don't know, especially with the belief that the receiver draft class isn't as good this year as usual," Obomanu tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It is really hard to say where I might go. I have heard anything from the second round to the sixth round. I believe as I get closer to the draft, I will probably get a better idea of where I might go."

Obomanu finished his Auburn career with 18 touchdown receptions, which is second in school history. He also won the respect of his teammates and coaches for his leadership on and off the field.

Obomanu tested well at the NFL's combine in Indianapolis and followed up with an impressive effort at Auburn's annual pro day that attracted scouts from across the league.

"The pro day went very well, just going out and having fun, especially with all of my teammates," Obomanu says. "It was our last opportunity for us (the seniors) to work out together on our home field.

"I went to the combine and did well, but I wanted to come back to Auburn and improve," he adds. "I think I did that."

Ben Obomanu was a key contributor for four seasons at Auburn.

Obomanu is a guy the NFL scouts had fast times on when they checked their stopwatches on his trip to Auburn. Most had him in the 4.4s on his two 40-yard dashes timed on artificial turf at Auburn.

"The fastest time I heard about was a 4.35 the Falcons' guy had," Obomanu says. "That is pretty amazing for me to be able to run that fast. My 41-inch vertical was pretty good. I had to beat Junior Rosegreen. He went before me and jumped 40 inches."

Obomanu plans to stay in Auburn and work out prior to the April 29-30 draft. He graduated in May 2005 with a degree in finance and is a strong student who his head coach, Tommy Tuberville, predicts will be successful in whatever he decides to do.


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