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Steelers signed Auburn C Reese Dismukes.

Dismukes (6'3/296) won the 2014 Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, finishing his time at Auburn with two first-team All-SEC selections and 50 starts. He showed passable athleticism in Indianapolis, running 5.31 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-11 broad jump. An undersized, high-effort scrapper, Dismukes can only play center and has a ceiling of "functional starter" despite his decorated college resume.
May 4 - 12:48 AM

Jaguars signed Auburn RB/KR Corey Grant.

Grant (5'9/201) was a four-star high school recruit to Alabama, but transferred to Auburn where he became the lesser part of a committee. He spent 2014 behind SEC leading rusher Cameron Artis-Payne. Grant finished college with 1,040 yards and nine TDs on 135 carries (7.70 YPC), adding 14 receptions. A straight-line burner with special teams value, Grant ran 4.28/4.30 at the Tigers' Pro Day with a 10-foot-7 broad jump. Grant lacks the traits of an NFL starter, but could become a dynamic change-of-pace back and kick returner.
May 4 - 12:15 AM

Jaguars signed Auburn CB Nick Marshall.

Marshall (6'2/207) played quarterback at Auburn, but practiced at cornerback during Senior Bowl practices and will try to make it as a defensive back in the pros. He has adequate arm length (32 1/8") for the position and ran 4.54 at the Combine, also impressing in the vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'4") jumps. Marshall obviously needs a lot of technical work, but held his own in Mobile and has ideal dimensions for a big, perimeter press corner.
May 3 - 6:42 PM

Panthers selected Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne with the No. 174 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Artis-Payne (5'10/212) spent two seasons at Auburn after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 2,218 yards and 19 TDs on 394 carries (5.63 YPC). He only caught 14 passes in college. Artis-Payne ran a respectable 4.53 forty at the Combine, but showed limited lower-body explosion (9'10" broad jump) and agility (7.13 20-yard shuttle). Tight hipped, already 25 years old and short on burst with little to offer in the passing game, Artis-Payne is a grinder who projects as a backup.
May 2 - 3:37 PM

Bengals selected Auburn TE C.J. Uzomah with the No. 157 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Bengals already selected Tyler Kroft, so this is their second tight end. Uzomah (6'6/262) was a lightly used pass catcher in Gus Malzahn's offense, managing 29 career receptions for 435 yards (15.0 YPR) with seven TDs. A plus athlete for his size, Uzomah may have been capable of more usage considering his 4.62 speed, 31-inch vertical, and 9-foot-10 broad jump. A willing blocker with a wide receiver background, Uzomah has a chance to become a better NFL than college player.
May 2 - 2:49 PM

Lions selected Auburn DT Gabe Wright with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Wright (6'3/300) was a two-year starter, posting 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack as a senior. He pumped 34 reps on the bench at the Combine, but managed a 5.07 forty, 26 1/2-inch vertical, and sluggish 8-foot-4 broad jump. Wright's lack of pass-rush production is a concern, and he was not a big-time run defender in college. A tweener interior presence, Wright's NFL ceiling is a rotational lineman.
May 2 - 12:48 PM

Titans selected Auburn DT Angelo Blackson with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Blackson (6'4/318) played out of position on the Auburn's line, frequently aligning as a wide defensive end and managing 5.5 tackles for loss with just three sacks as a senior. A power player with good athleticism (5.02 forty, 31-inch vertical) for his size, Blackson is a good fit in a 3-4 defense at five-technique end or even nose. He's a prospect who could become a better NFL than college player.
May 2 - 12:13 PM

Steelers selected Auburn WR Sammie Coates with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The pick is even more intriguing after the Steelers added Martavis Bryant last year. Coates (6'1/212) spent three seasons at Auburn, parlaying 82 catches into 1,757 yards (21.4 YPR) and 13 TDs. Long armed (33 3/8") and explosive, Coates blew up the Combine with a 4.43 forty, 41-inch vertical, and 10-foot-11 broad jump. The range of outcomes on Coates is wide. A dominant physical talent with poor ball skills, Coates dropped 8-of-75 targets in 2014 and has a floor in the Cordarrelle Patterson-Stephen Hill range. Working in Coates' favor is a relentless work ethic and ability to outrun coverage. The 22-year-old is a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 1 - 10:58 PM

Auburn RB Corey Grant's "special speed could earn him a spot on special teams in the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former Alabama transfer, never found a way to get consistent playing time for the Tigers, but his recent 4.27 forty at Auburn's pro day gave him just enough spotlight. Grant averaged 6.1 yards a carry and rushed for 364 yards with 3 scores, with 10 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. On 18 kick returns, Grant recorded 403 yards, averaging 22.4 yards a return. TFY Insider Tony Pauline reported that the Falcons, Dolphins and Patriots have shown interest in the Auburn prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 3:49 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Auburn DL Gabe Wright will be an "early day three pick" and "should be able to contribute in the NFL as part of a pass rush rotation."

"Wright isn't known as the hardest worker between games and leaves a lot to be desired as a run plugger, but should be able to contribute in the NFL as part of a pass rush rotation and early day three pick," Brugler wrote. Wright was part of a rotation on Auburn's defensive-line during the last two years. The Auburn prospect was extremely durable for the Tigers, as he played in all 52 games during his four-year career.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 22 - 2:47 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Auburn WR Sammie Coates' "physical traits and home run ability could see him come off the draft board in the top-75 picks."

"Coates could have used another year in college to continue his development and work on the details of the position, but a target with his natural gifts will be coveted at the next level. His physical traits and home run ability could see him come off the draft board in the top-75 picks," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has the ideal size and speed for the next level, although, Coates gets knocked for his hands. In order for the Auburn prospect to be successful, he'll have to prove to coaches he can be more consistent catching the ball, in order to get playing time.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 22 - 2:30 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates "is gifted with a combination of size, speed and muscularity rarely packaged in one wide receiver," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"He uses all that to simplify the game into a footrace toward the horizon, using his goodbye speed to scorch defenses by just running straight down the field until there is only himself and the ball, assuming the quarterback can reach him," Cooney wrote. "As much as his amazing college career average of 21.4 yards per catch wows some scouts, others dismiss Coates and his big numbers because they believe he will need more than speed to succeed in the NFL." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout boasts 4.3-level speed, but he also has hands of stone. "We agree he was a one-trick pony in college, but it was one hell of a trick -- a disappearing act beyond the horizon, football in hand," Cooney wrote. "Coates can be a key element in somebody's offense with speed that demands extra attention as it renders defenses topless."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 4:07 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates' "skills are a point of weakness, both in terms of focus drops and in tracking the deep ball, but he has elite big-play ability as a vertical route runner," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He is quick to accelerate off the line and has outstanding top-end speed, along with great length and leaping ability to come down with 50-50 balls," McShay wrote. The analyst ranks Coates as the No. 75 overall prospect in the class. Coates has visited the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout boasts 4.43 speed.
Apr 14 - 8:35 PM

Auburn DB Nick Marshall "need to prove that he's physically tough enough to handle run support but Marshall boasts the kind of traits that could warrant middle-round consideration and ultimately help him emerge as a starting cornerback in the NFL," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He has only played one game -- the 2015 Senior Bowl -- at cornerback since 2011, however, and demonstrated such an intriguing blend of size, fluidity and confidence when asked to make this position change in Mobile that he deserves special mention," Rang wrote. "His [prior] experience at the position [at Georgia] was clear during Senior Bowl practices where he was thrown into the fire against dynamic athletes like Miami speedster Phillip Dorsett and shockingly held his own. Marshall has very light feet and a fluid turning motion. He locates the ball quickly and is highly competitive." Marshall doesn't have the jaw-dropping athleticism that you'd like to see in a prospect converting to the defensive backfield, but he does have the size and smarts to earn a selection as a developmental prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 4:40 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates has visited the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns and will visit the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers next week, according to the National Football Post.

Coates posted 82 catches for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns at Auburn. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has 4.43 speed. Due to a combination of those factors, Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score grades him as the No. 4 receiver in the class. "Sammie has the size and speed to project well to the next level, as evidenced by his performance in the Iron Bowl," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Baltimore Ravens executive and Cleveland Browns general manager.
Apr 8 - 5:07 PM


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