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Kerryon Johnson will likely be one of the former Auburn football players to be drafted in the coming days.

Auburn sports: Start of 2018 NFL Draft means big changes for former Tigers

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Let NFL draft days begin

Thursday is the day college football players all over the country have been waiting for since they were kids playing peewee football.

The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday night, and in the coming days, several Auburn players will likely hear their names called. Draft experts such as Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have voiced that players including Carlton Davis, Kerryon Johnson and Braden Smith could sneak into the early rounds.

Then, there are players such as Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts who could be picked in later rounds.

Either way, it’s a good day for Auburn fans, too. Sure, you won’t be making money to play football, but you’ll get to watch some of your favorites keep their respective careers going.

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Former Tigers player finds home 

Desean Murray recently announced his decision to transfer from Auburn for his final season, and on Wednesday, he let the social media world know where he’ll be playing.

Murray is headed to Western Kentucky to become a member of the Hilltoppers in 2018-19. The move was somewhat surprising and came after the decision from freshman Davion Mitchell (who is headed to Baylor).

Still, for those Auburn fans looking forward to watching players who helped the Tigers earn a SEC Championship, the locations are known.

Josh Donaldson shows support 

Former Auburn baseball player Josh Donaldson, who went on to become the 2015 American League MVP, made a huge contribution to his former program this week.

Now a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Donaldson played for Butch Thompson during his collegiate career, back when Thompson was an assistant on the Plains.

The gift will help Auburn build a player development facility at Plainsman Park. It’ll be a 10,000-square-foot addition next to right field. And what’s really cool is that Donaldson reached out to Thompson, asking how he could help.

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