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Replaing Auburn’s players headed to the NFL

Auburn had a disappointing draft class. The Tigers produced just one draft pick, Roger McCreary to the Tennessee Titans with the No. 35 pick. 

While producing draft picks is a sign of a talented roster, it is not disastrous to have a bad class occasionally and Auburn will have a chance to bounce back in next year’s draft.

McCreary also isn’t Auburn’s only player who is getting a shot to play at the next level. Six other former Tigers have signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents or been invitees to camp. 

Of the seven players, Auburn has to replace five of them play on the defensive side of the ball and two are linebackers. Thankfully for Auburn, there are several strong candidates on the roster who are ready to step into a larger role and show they can be counted on.

Here is a look at the seven players who are set to replace Auburn’s players departing for the NFL.

Roger McCreary – Nehemiah Pritchett

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Pritchet spent last season as an inside corner but played mostly outside the season before. He looks like a potential breakout candidate once he moves back outside and will have a chance to follow in McCreary’s footsteps to the NFL.

Smoke Monday – Caleb Wooden

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Wooden was one of Auburn’s breakout players in spring practice. The true freshman, who is the younger brother of Colby Wooden, was constantly making plays in the spring. He is young but he made a strong case to become an immediate impact player.

Zakoby McClain – Cam Riley

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McClain led Auburn in tackling the last two seasons and it will be tough to replace his production in the middle of the defense. Riley was impressive in spring working with the first-team offense and looks like he will be starting alongside Owen Pappoe.

Chandler Wooten – Eugene Asante

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Wooten was a proven player and leader for the defense and it looks like Auburn went out and targeted his replacement in the transfer portal. Asante practiced with the first-team defense in the spring but did not play in the spring game.

T.D. Moultry – Eku Leota

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This was one of the easiest replacements. Leota was impressive in his first season on the Plains, finishing second on the team in tackles for loss (10.0) and sacks (7.0). He will look to be even more productive in his second season and as a full-time starter.

Brodarious Hamm – Austin Troxell

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Hamm was Auburn’s starter at right tackle the last two seasons and it will be a battle to win his starting spot. Troxell is entering his sixth season and while he is also in the mix for the left tackle spot I see him sliding over to right.

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