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Auburn RB coach Tim Horton said junior Kam Martin is currently their starting running back.

With both Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway gone, the depth chart at running back was a huge unknown entering the spring. Martin was the backup in 2017 who ran for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He doesn't have prototypical size (5'10/175) so it will be interesting to see if the Tigers use more of a running back by committee than they have in recent years. Horton didn't name the second back behind Martin saying he's been "really pleased" with the entire group. Martin will have a chance to show his abilities in a prominent role in 2018.
Source: AL.com
Apr 23 - 12:42 AM

CBS Sports's R.J. White projects the Seahawks to take Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson with the 64th pick in his latest mock draft.

White projects trades in his mock, and he projects the Seahawks to pick up the 64th pick from the Browns in a deal for the 23rd pick -- which White projects Seattle gets after trading down from 18 to 23 with the Patriots. Whew. Johnson would certainly fill one of the many needs the Seahawks have, as the only healthy running back on the roster is Mike Davis. Assuming Seattle can block anyone, Johnson's tough running style could be a natural fit.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 4:55 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore RB Malik Miller sustained a knee injury during this past weekend's A-Day spring game.

Miller (5'11/229) drew the assignment with the first-team offense for the scrimmage, as lead back Kam Martin was held out due to a hamstring injury. This opportunity to impress was undone, however, after about eight or nine plays, when the redshirt sophomore found himself sidelined by a knee injury. His short afternoon ended with his receiving just three carries. We're expecting Martin to receive first cracks at the starting gig once the season boots up, but Miller could very much serve an important role in 2018 -- he's the second-most experienced back on the team and OC Chip Lindsey has referred to him as a "steady force" in competition this spring.
Source: AL.com
Apr 20 - 12:32 PM
Bo Nix - QB - Tigers

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Auburn four-star 2019 QB Bo Nix to current Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham.

Despite the simplicity, Luginbill likes this comparison and says "When you look at Stidham coming out of high school and now at Auburn, you'll see that Nix has the same development trajectory. Both are deceptively good athletes with excellent release mechanics." Nix will compete with 2018 four-star recruit Joey Gatewood for the starting job once he arrives on campus. Luginbill believes Nix will win the job due to his similarities to Stidham and said, "Nix isn't the athlete Gatewood is but will be ahead of the curve in the passing game and is a good enough runner to do what Stidham does in this offense."
Source: ESPN
Apr 19 - 9:55 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared Auburn LB/edge rusher Jeffery Holland to New Orleans Saint LB Hau'oli Kikaha.

Holland (6'1/249) struggled mightily in athletic testing at the combine, producing a composite score in the 12th percentile. Zierlein noted that he finds other ways to win and said "he's a hard-nosed player who found a way to consistently harass quarterbacks in 2017. Holland wins as a rusher with a smart approach, good angles and plus play strength." Zierlein projects him to be selected in rounds 4-5. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has Holland ranked as the 9th-best outside linebacker in this class and acknowledges his extreme range of outcomes but said if he falls to Day 3 he would definitely "pounce."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 9:06 PM

An AFC regional scout called Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway a "mess."

"He's a mess. They were done with him over there and he's got too many character flags to be drafted. I thought he might be a late pick last year, but not anymore." Not exactly a glowing report, is it? Pettway showed potential in 2016 when he ran for 1,224 yards and seven scores, but injuries and character issue along with a 4.74 second 40 at the combine have all but doomed his stock. Someone will likely try and pull that 2016 version out of him as an UDFA.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 7:43 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Auburn G Braden Smith is going under-the-radar.

Pauline lists Smith (6'6/315) as a potential late-second round pick, but Pauline hasn't heard the former Auburn guard going in that range at this time. He's made recent visits with Washington, the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers, and the Giants have also shown interest in the guard. "He’s one of the more undervalued linemen in the draft," Pauline writes, "and a player we project as a next-level starter."
Apr 14 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Auburn S Stephen Roberts to former Buffalo Bills S Aaron Williams.

Williams retired in January due to his various injury problems, but when healthy, he showed glimpses of being a quality NFL safety. Long story short, this is a compliment to Roberts. Zierlein notes Roberts (5'11/189) ability to play "high or low," and that he's a tough player who isn't afraid to throw his body around. He also notes that his ball skills aren't NFL caliber, and he can get eaten up by blocks. He projects Roberts to go late on Day 3, but the talent is here for Roberts to someday develop into an NFL safety. If not, he can contribute on special teams.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 2:16 PM

Opelika-Auburn News' Josh Vitale projects Auburn redshirt freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow to be No. 2 on the depth chart next fall.

Vitale labeled Whitlow as his "biggest riser" of the spring and said he "went from being one of six running backs competing for the starting job to possibly as high as No. 2 on the depth chart." Other notable projections from Vitale include junior Kam Martin to be the starting running back and senior C.J. Tolbert to be the sixth-string back.
Apr 12 - 7:18 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah views Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson as a "first-round caliber player [who's] going to go in the second round."

Jeremiah made his comments on Johnson while taking part in a predraft conference call with the media this week. He and MOVE THE STICKS podcast co-host Bucky Brooks have speculated that the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Auburn workhorse could make for a fine second-round consolation prize for a team like the Giants should New York opt to pass on Saquon Barkley with the second overall selection. They would next pick at No. 34 (second pick of the second round). Jeremiah is smitten with Johnson in part because of his ability to contribute across the board as a back, from rushing to blocking to receiving. He might not be elite in any one of those traits, but very much checks all the boxes.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 12 - 6:13 PM

NFL.com analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks speculate that if the Giants pass on a running back in the first round, Kerryon Johnson is a "potential second-round pick."

Johnson (5'11/213) has continued to gain hype and see his draft stock increase since the end of 2017. The Giants hold the second pick in Round 2, No.34 overall, which would make Johnson an extremely early Day 2 selection if picked there. In this same conference, Brooks and Jeremiah labeled only Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice, Sony Michel as first-round talents which would make Johnson at worst the fifth running back drafted in this scenario. This is in-line with Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom running back rankings, who has Johnson fifth. A player that has been compared to Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, Johnson could end up being well-worth a second-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 8:36 PM

Auburn junior RB C.J. Tolbert was named the MVP of Saturday's spring game.

Tolbert (5'7/187) earned MVP honors with a slick 137 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 16 carries. Over half of that yardage came on a 79-yard touchdown bolt. While this was an impressive performance, we don't expect that it's going to force any major change to the depth chart. Kam Martin will likely receive the first crack at the starting job in August camp, with Devan Barrett, Jatarvious Whitlow, Malik Miller and Asa Martin also vying for carries in what's a loaded backfield.
Apr 9 - 4:21 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Auburn G Braden Smith to Cleveland Brown OL Kevin Zeitler.

Zeitler signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Browns last offseason, so Smith likely wouldn't mind if the comparison lasts into when he becomes a free agent. The former Tiger guard doesn't appear to have an ounce of fat on him (6'6/315), and he uses that strength to maul in the run game. The concerns come in the pass blocking, as Zierlein notes he can be slow to react and doesn't have great footwork. He projects to early on Day 3, but a team looking for an enforcer on the line could snap up Smith on Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 2:08 PM

Auburn redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham (shoulder) will not participate in Saturday's A-Day scrimmage.

Stidham (6'3/210) is still healing up from a minor offseason procedure on his shoulder and has been a limited participant in spring practices to date. While the redshirt junior signal-caller will be taking part in a 10-minute 7-on-7 session on Saturday, he has been ruled out for participating in the A-Day spring game, itself. Joey Gatewood and Malik Willis will man the scrimmage ship with Stidham out of action. While we were hoping to see a bit more from Auburn's starting quarterback this spring, there remains no indication that he's in any danger of missing the start of the 2018 campaign.
Source: AL.com
Apr 6 - 1:18 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso compared RB Kerryon Johnson to Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde.

Trapasso cites both players balance and ability to remain upright through contact as one of their biggest similarities. He continues by saying, "Neither is a home-run hitter. Both get stronger as the game progresses as their strong-willed running style seems to wear down opposing defenses." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is also bullish on Johnson and has him as his fifth-ranked running back in this years' draft class. Johnson will likely be a Day 2 selection with plenty of upside.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 5 - 9:53 PM


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