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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Tampa Bay's UDFA class No. 3 in the NFL.

"A year from now, we'll all be asking why Peyton Barber wasn't drafted," Reuter wrote. "Dominique Robertson has the athleticism to be an NFL starter at tackle or guard, while fellow lineman Taylor Fallin could work his way into a swing-tackle role as a rookie." The analyst also believes either Elijah Shumate or Isaiah Johnson could make the final roster as safety depth. "Luke Rhodes and Cassanova McKinzy are two of my favorite undrafted linebackers, and both could make the squad," Reuter wrote. "Throw in receiving tight end Kivon Cartwright and tough hybrid Alan Cross, and the Bucs have some interesting talent on board."
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 3:26 PM

Bucs signed Auburn RB Peyton Barber.

Barber (5'10/228) spent one season as the Tigers' starting tailback, managing 1,017 yards and 13 TDs on 238 carries (4.27 YPC). He only caught 11 passes in his college career. A grinding plodder with scant passing-game experience, Barber ran 4.64 with a sluggish 9-foot-3 broad jump in Indianapolis. Barber has drawn glass-half-full comparisons to Alfred Morris, but ultimately is likely to struggle to carve out a substantial NFL career.
May 3 - 7:36 PM

Auburn sophomore DE Byron Cowart, sophomore CB Carlton Davis III, sophomore CB Jeremiah Dinson and WR Ryan Davis were arrested for marijuana possession on Saturday.

This according to police records. The four young men in question are facing second-degree marijuana possession charges. Cowart and Carlton Davis are the big names in that group. The former was ESPN 300's No. 1 overall recruit for the 2015 cycle while the latter is a likely starter in the secondary for 2016. In a statement, HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm aware of the situation and we will handle the matter appropriately." Even if small-scale suspensions or the like come down the pike, this little indiscretion probably won't have legitimate long-term consequence for the involved quartet.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 8:49 PM

Patriots signed Auburn CB Jonathan Jones.

Jones (5'9/186) started for two years at Auburn, collecting seven career interceptions and two forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior from the conference's coaches. Jones torched the Combine with a 4.33 forty, 10-foot-3 broad jump, and 19 reps on the bench. Jones' biggest drawback is his size. He's too small to man perimeter corner, and a deficient tackler as it pertains to the slot. Despite explosive qualities, Jones may struggle to find an NFL home.
May 2 - 7:04 PM

Auburn sophomores CB Carlton Davis III, DE Byron Cowart, CB Jeremiah Dinson and WR Ryan Davis were arrested and charged with second-degree misdemeanor marijuana-possession on Saturday night.

Ole Miss wasn't the only SEC school taking heat over the weekend. "I'm aware of the situation and we will handle the matter appropriately," Tigers HC Gus Malzahn said in a statement. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Davis was a freshman All-American last season after posting 56 tackles and three interceptions. Cowart was the No. 1 overall prospect in last year's recruiting class, though he only posted six tackles as a reserve defensive lineman in 2015. Dinson and Davis were both early contributors -- Dinson more so before he tore knee ligaments in his right knee nine games into the season -- expected to take on more playing time in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 6:53 PM

Saints signed Auburn OT Avery Young.

Young (6'5/328) made 36 starts on Auburn's offensive line, mostly playing right tackle but also seeing action at both guard spots. He was a third-team All-SEC pick as a senior. Young turned in sluggish pre-draft workouts, managing a 5.39 forty, 25-inch vertical, and slow agility scores. Adequate-not-special as both a run and pass blocker in college, Young's skill set would fit best inside at guard. He could prove useful as a multi-position swing reserve.
May 2 - 2:59 PM

Bucs signed Auburn LB Cassanova McKinzy.

McKinzy (6'1/248) was a three-year starter at Auburn, tallying 29.5 career tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. McKinzy spent time at a variety of linebacker positions for the Tigers, but best projects as a stacked inside 'backer who can be used downhill versus the run. McKinzy is a stiff athlete with pass-coverage deficiencies, running 4.83 with weak agility scores before the draft. NFL coaches will love McKinzy's toughness, but he is too physically limited to make a big-league impact on defense.
May 1 - 7:21 PM

Eagles selected Auburn CB Blake Countess with the No. 196 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Countess (5'10/184) transferred from Mighigan. He plays bigger than his size would suggest. Countess profiles as a slot corner, as he shows willingness to come up and hit and play the run. Countess is also a reliable tackler. He'll have to earn his keep on special teams right out of the gate.
Apr 30 - 4:52 PM

Browns selected Auburn WR Ricardo Louis with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Louis (6'2/215) went from backup to starter when Sammie Coates left school in 2015, turning his first-team nod into a career-best 46-716-3 (15.6 YPR) receiving line. He also posted a 68-578-2 (8.5 YPC) career rushing line for the Tigers. Louis blew up the Combine, blazing 4.43 with a 38-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. Louis' hands and routes are enough of a work in progress that some NFL teams worked him out at defensive back before the draft. Louis is an athlete with some potential to become a useful lid lifter in Hue Jackson's offense.
Apr 30 - 1:04 PM

Browns selected Auburn OT Shon Coleman with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Coleman (6'6/307) battled back from a leukemia diagnosis in 2010 to back up Greg Robinson before taking over as a starter as a redshirt junior and senior. He made 25 starts at left tackle and earned second-team All-SEC in 2015. Coleman has ideal length (35 1/8) and huge hands (10 5/8"), and his drive-blocking ability is reminiscent of Robinson's. Coleman is not nearly the athlete Robinson is, however, and he will be a 25-year-old rookie. Due to his suspect pass protection, Coleman might be best served moving to right tackle or even left guard.
Apr 29 - 10:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Auburn T Shon Coleman could be in for a slide out of Day 2.

"While [Coleman] has first-round skills," Pauline wrote, "I'm told the knee injury, which slowed him during the run-up to the draft, has been red-flagged by a number of teams." The 6-foot-5, 307-pounder tore his MCL in 2015 and underwent surgery following the end of the season.
Apr 29 - 12:05 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Broncos like Auburn RB Peyton Barber "in the sixth-round area."

Denver, writes Pauline, intends to add a running back on Day 3. That they're interested in Barber as a late-rounder isn't a huge surprise. Barber lacks speed but would be a nice fit in a zone blocking system. NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter compares Barber to Alfred Morris.
Apr 28 - 7:42 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Auburn CB Blake Countess is underrated.

Philadelphia hosted Countess for a pre-draft visit just before teams locked themselves into their war rooms to prepare for Thursday's big night. "Underrated cover corner best facing the action. Physical and works hard defending the run," Pauline wrote. "Willingly lays his pads into receivers or ball handlers when the opportunity exists. Effectively reads the quarterbacks eyes, displays good anticipation and has a nice move to the throw. Shows a burst to the play and a solid open field tackler." A transfer from Michigan prior to the 2015 campaign, the 5-foot-9, 184-pounder's size/speed combination is concerning.
Apr 25 - 6:34 PM

Auburn CB Jonathan Jones visited the Steelers and Patriots during the draft process, according to NFL Media's Chase Goodbread.

Jones also worked out for the Cardinals and Bucs. Jones caught our eye during Senior Bowl week, contesting the catch point in one on ones after quickly closing on receivers. Jones stands at just 5-foot-9 and 186-pounds with just 30.25-inch arms.
Apr 25 - 11:33 AM

Auburn CB Blake Countess visited the Eagles last week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Countess is one of the few prospects in this draft with true slot experience, a position that is growing in value. Playing inside versus outside can be quite different. Sticking with shifty slot receivers in tight quarters, closing against run place and working through trash, along with ball skills, are all important. Countess transferred to Auburn from Michigan for his final year and should be selected during the third day.
Apr 25 - 10:50 AM


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