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.
Auburn football could have its biggest draft class in the 7-round era this week. Here’s the @SECcountry draft tracker of all the action, starting with the latest mock draft projections: https://t.co/N022aUp2sY
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 25, 2018
In other Auburn news:
- 2018 NFL Draft tracker: Auburn football could have record-breaking class.
- Top tight end target Luke Deal dishes on Midwest tour, what he expects from Auburn official visit.
- Auburn football players who could be selected first among Tigers in future NFL drafts.
- Who else nears top of Auburn’s running back wish list outside of Noah Cain, John Emery?
- Signs point to Big Kat Bryant taking significant step in 2018.
- Grad transfer tackle commits to Auburn over USC, UCLA.
- Auburn forward Desean Murray transferring to Western Kentucky for final season.
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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.
I am proud to announce that I will be attending western Kentucky next year to finish off my last year! pic.twitter.com/Ej3bCs1qMT
— Debo13 (@desean_murray) April 25, 2018
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.
"Auburn gave me every opportunity to become the player I am today. I really enjoyed being at Auburn and being part of the Auburn family."
🗣️ » @BringerOfRain20
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) April 25, 2018
Tweet of the day
Keeping Auburn Fast alive.
American Heritage’s Anthony Schwartz @anthony_flash10 runs his fastest wind-legal 100 in regionals — 10.14!
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) April 25, 2018
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