'06 NFL Draft Watch: Auburn

After almost being fired in January of ‘04, Tommy Tuberville led Auburn to a 13-0 record last year; the school's best season ever. The program had three players drafted during the initial nine selections in April's draft. And while the team's record may not be as impressive this season, Auburn still possesses several top flight NFL prospects.

Scouting the SEC: Auburn

Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill is one of the best in the nation and a potential top ten selection next April. Possessing outstanding size as well as terrific athleticism, McNeill is dominant as both a run blocker or pass protector. Easily knocking rushers from their angle of attack, he also destroys linebackers on the second level. McNeill does have difficulty with speedy edge rushers, as was the case against Georgia's David Pollack last season. He is also not known to play with a nasty streak. If he performs to the level NFL-scouts expect this season and keeps himself in proper condition, McNeil could be a very early choice in the 2006 draft. Receiving just a fraction of the exposure, right tackle Troy Reddick is a solid prospect in his own right. Playing heads up football, Reddick displays outstanding explosion with the ability to knock defenders off the line. Patient in pass protection, he uses all his assets to their maximum. Lacking top footwork in pass protection, Reddick is not effective in motion and best in confined quarters. Possessing good size, he looks like a solid mid-round candidate. Senior tight end Cooper Wallace is a natural pass catcher that possesses both soft and strong hands. Adjusting nicely to the errant throw, Wallace displays top eye\hand coordination and the ability to pull the ball from the air. While he does implement solid-blocking techniques Wallace must improve his playing strength to become a complete tight end. Presently he sits as a late round choice but has the potential to jump into the middle frames. Junior wide out Courtney Taylor is an explosive pass catcher consistently making big plays. A solid athlete Taylor possesses good size and is on track to become one of the top receivers for the 2007 draft. Senior wide out Devin Aromashodu offers solid size and potential as a kick returner.  Anthony Mix is a king sized pass catcher listed at wide out yet a potential tight end in the NFL.  Ben Obomanu has potential as a fifth receiver in the NFL.  All three will be watched closely this year.

The team has a trio of solid NFL prospects at linebacker, starting with Travis Williams. An explosive athlete with a great change of direction, Williams displays outstanding range and skills in pursuit. Getting depth on drops, he displays ball skills in coverage and makes plays sideline to sideline. Williams is built like a strong safety yet could be placed at weak side linebacker in the right NFL system. Another undersized player, senior Antonio Williams is also an explosive defender limited to certain systems. Junior Kevin Sears displays good range in coverage and offers upside for the next level but first needs to round out his entire game. Auburn has a star in the making in defensive end Stanley McClover. An outstanding athlete, McClover makes plays sideline to sideline and shows the ability to catch ball handlers in pursuit. Playing with excellent leverage, he also displays technique getting off blocks. Thin and undersized, he's handled at the point by a single blocker and needs to significantly improve his playing strength. McClover has shown enough to give the impression he will be an early selection in the draft if he stays in school two more seasons. Senior tackle Tommy Jackson is a tough run stuffer on the interior and a leverage lineman who could play a three-technique position or be used in a rotational system.

Auburn Prospect List

Name Pos # Year
Devin Aromashodu WR 1 5Sr
Tommy Jackson DT 58 4Sr
Stanley McClover DE 75 3Jr
Marcus McNeill T 73 4Sr
Anthony Mix TE 9 4Sr
Ben Obomanu WR 2 4Sr
Troy Reddick T 66 4Sr
Courtney Taylor WR 86 4Jr
Cooper Wallace TE 8 4Sr
Travis Williams OLB 33 4Sr


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