NFL Draft '07: Scouting Auburn

Auburn hopes to make a return trip to the SEC championship game and have the firepower to do it. The team offers several outstanding NFL prospects who will be scattered through the first day of next April's NFL draft.

League scouts are keen to watch running back Kenny Irons this year. A quick ball-carrier who shows a burst through hole, Irons immediately gets into the clearing and can run to daylight if given a small amount of open space. What excites scouts is the way Irons improved on a weekly basis last year. Irons lacks classic size yet offers first round talent. Courtney Taylor is a consistent wide out that does the little things well. Displaying sharpness running routes, Taylor makes the reception in stride and plays with excellent balance. Also effective blocking downfield, he has first day potential as a number three receiver. The team offers a pair of guards to keep an eye on. Tim Duckworth is a wide-bodied blocker who displays quickness and explosion in all aspects of his game. Large enough to engulf defenders Duckworth also displays abilities blocking on the second level. Ben Grubbs also plays with quickness and strength but is smaller. Both players are solid middle round selections. Reserve lineman Jonathan Palmer is a size/speed prospect while tight end Cole Bennett moves into the starting lineup and would benefit from a big senior campaign.

There is a falloff in talent on the defensive side of the ball as most of the prospects are late round picks. Cornerback David Irons, brother of the running back, is an instinctive cover-man with a quick break to the pass. Better facing the action, Irons struggles in man-to-man situations and is better suited for a zone system. Safety Will Herring is a marginal athlete yet a very good football player. Potentially a reserve safety in a two-deep system, he has the mentality to earn his wage as a special teams demon. Defensive end Marquies Gunn is a good athlete who makes plays as a pass rusher or in pursuit. Undersized with just average timed speed, he may be given looks as a rush linebacker for a 34 defense.

Auburn Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Cole Bennett TE 87 4Sr
Tim Duckworth G 76 4Sr
Ben Grubbs G 69 5Sr
Marquies Gunn DE 48 4Sr
Will Herring S 35 5Sr
Kenny Irons RB 23 5Sr
David Irons CB 4 5Sr
Jonathan Palmer C 79 5Sr
Courtney Taylor WR 86 5Sr



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