Scouting the SEC: Auburn

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

For the past handful of drafts, Auburn players have been selected beginning in the third round. With a tip of the hat to consistency, our top two Tigers are graded as third-round prospects.

Two secondary prospects, a senior and a redshirt sophomore, sit on top of our Auburn board.

Scouts grade Stephen Roberts as a late-round pick, but I disagree. The wiry safety is a complete defensive back with next-level ball skills and an appetite for contact. Roberts stays on the receiver's hip out of breaks, has a terrific burst to the ball and effectively plays centerfield or lines up over the slot receiver. Instinctive, he keeps the action in front of him and shows terrific sideline-to-sideline range.

Red-shirt sophomore Javaris Davis flashes ­big-time ability at cornerback.

He’s a physical corner who locks down opponents and combines ball skills as well as an aggressive nature to defend passes. Davis also comes with a large degree of upside and potential, and I expect a lot of improvement in his game over the next couple of seasons.

The way I feel scouts have underrated Stephen Roberts, I feel they’ve overrated offensive lineman Braden Smith, as some have stamped the tackle as a potential first-round pick.

Smith offers nice size, blocks with proper pad level and has a great head for the position. He makes great use of angles and is very consistent with his hands. He’s a terrific position blocker with the ability to engulf opponents at the point.

What concerns me is his inability to adjust and limited mobility. In my opinion Smith is not a left tackle at the next level and may even struggle holding down the right tackle spot, possibly limiting him to guard.

Auburn

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.68

3rd

Stephen Roberts

S

14

4Sr

3.65

3rd

Javaris Davis

CB

13

3So

3.47

5th

Kerryon Johnson

RB

21

3Jr

3.44

5th

Braden Smith

G

71

4Sr

3.43

5th

Carlton Davis

CB

6

3Jr

3.38

6th

Tre' Williams

ILB

30

4Sr

3.36

6th

Kamryn Pettway

RB

36

4Jr

3.35

6th

Daniel Carlson

K

38

4Sr

3.32

6th

Darrell Williams

OLB

49

3Jr

3.31

6-7

Deshaun Davis

OLB

57

4Jr

3.27

7th

Tray Matthews

S

28

5Sr

3.18

FA

Nicholas Ruffin

S

19

4Sr

3.00

FA

Wilson Bell

G

78

5Sr

2.99

FA

Chandler Cox

FB

27

3Jr

2.88

FA

Jeff Holland

OLB

4

3Jr

2.81

FA

Austin Golson

C

73

5Sr

2.77

FA

Darius James

G

78

4Sr