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NFL Draft: The 10 Greatest Auburn Players Who Ever Played In The NFL

NFL Draft: The 10 Greatest Auburn Players Who Ever Played In The NFL

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After a Cinderella season that saw the Auburn Tigers win two games with miracles and come up just short in the final BCS National Championship game, the Tigers are back on the map as a national power after some lean years. With draft prospects like Greg Robinson and Dee Ford expected to be early picks, it is now time to ask the following: Who are the greatest Auburn Tigers to ever play in the NFL?

Note: Only former players are included.

10. Marcus McNeill: 2nd Round, 50th Overall, 2006

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10. Marcus McNeill: 2nd Round, 50th Overall, 2006

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One of the best offensive tackles in the NFL before injuries cut his career short, Marcus McNeill helped the San Diego Chargers reach the AFC Divisional Playoffs in his first four seasons. McNeill was a two-time Pro Bowler in his first two seasons in San Diego. At Auburn, McNeill blocked for top-five picks Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams and was named to The Sporting News All-Decade Team.

9. Stephen Davis: 4th Round, 102nd Overall, 1996

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9. Stephen Davis: 4th Round, 102nd Overall, 1996

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For 11 NFL seasons, running back Stephen Davis was one of the more consistent runners in the NFL. Davis' tough running helped both the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers make postseason runs during his tenure, including a Super Bowl 38 appearance as a member of the Panthers. At Auburn, Davis left the school as the fourth all-time leading rusher and a two-time All-SEC player.

8. Takeo Spikes: 1st Round, 13th Overall, 1998

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8. Takeo Spikes: 1st Round, 13th Overall, 1998

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One of the more underrated linebackers in the early 2000s, Takeo Spikes was a productive player for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. Spikes made two Pro Bowls, both in Buffalo. At Auburn, Spikes was the leading tackler in 1997 and helped the Tigers advance to the SEC Championship game that year, which was a loss to Peyton Manning and the Tennessee Volunteers.

7. Steve Wallace: 4th Round, 101st Overall, 1986

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7. Steve Wallace: 4th Round, 101st Overall, 1986

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As the blindside protector for Joe Montana in San Francisco, Steve Wallace blocked for some of the greatest players in San Francisco's dynasty of the 1980s. From protecting Montana and Steve Young to making holes for Roger Craig, Tom Rathman and Ricky Watters, Wallace was a crucial part of the 49ers' offense. At Auburn, Wallace blocked for Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson.

6. Willie Anderson: 1st Round, 10th Overall, 1996

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6. Willie Anderson: 1st Round, 10th Overall, 1996

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For 13 seasons, 12 with Baltimore, Willie Anderson was one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Anderson made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003-2006 and helped turn the Cincinnati Bengals from a laughing stock to a contender during that time. During his time at Auburn, Anderson was part of several Tiger teams that were banned from postseason play due to NCAA probation.

5. Joe Cribbs: 2nd Round, 29th Overall, 1980

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5. Joe Cribbs: 2nd Round, 29th Overall, 1980

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One of the most productive running backs in the early 1980s, Joe Cribbs was instrumental in helping the Buffalo Bills get back to the playoffs for the first time since the days of O.J. Simpson. Cribbs was a three-time Pro Bowler during that time and is Buffalo's fourth all-time leading rusher. At Auburn, Cribbs rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his final two seasons for the Tigers.

4. James Brooks: 1st Round, 24th Overall, 1981

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4. James Brooks: 1st Round, 24th Overall, 1981

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One of the most versatile running backs in NFL history, James Brooks starred for both the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers in the 1980s. Brooks helped San Diego become one of the top offenses in NFL history and Cincinnati to a Super Bowl 23 appearance. At Auburn, Brooks was an All-American and when he left the school he was the career leader in kickoff return yards and all-purpose yards.

3. Bo Jackson: 7th Round, 183rd Overall, 1987

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3. Bo Jackson: 7th Round, 183rd Overall, 1987

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One of the greatest college football players of all-time and one of the best pure athletes ever, Bo Jackson's NFL career was cut short by a terrible hip injury. But when he was healthy, he was a great running back. In just under four NFL seasons, Jackson had just under 3,000 yards rushing and scored 18 total touchdowns. At Auburn, Jackson won the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner and was a two-time All-American.

2. Kevin Greene: 5th Round, 113th Overall, 1985

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2. Kevin Greene: 5th Round, 113th Overall, 1985

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A member of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl 30 team in 1996, linebacker Kevin Greene was one of fiercest and craziest pass rushers in NFL history. In 15 NFL seasons, Greene registered 160 career sacks during his career, which ranks third all-time. For the Tigers, Greene won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and had 11 sacks in 1984.

1. Frank Gatski: Undrafted (AAFC)

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1. Frank Gatski: Undrafted (AAFC)

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Hall of Fame center Frank Gatski came into the NFL as a free agent for the All-American Football Conference with the Cleveland Browns and would later become a Pro Football Hall of Fame center. Gatski originally played for Marshall University before joining World War II. Gatski then played for Auburn in 1945.