Auburn football: Five former Tigers to take part in NFL combine

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 6, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) and defensive end Dee Ford (30) are two of the five former Tigers that will take part in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month.

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AUBURN, Ala. — Five former Auburn players will make the trek to Indianapolis later this month for the NFL combine.

The weeklong event — which will take place from Feb. 19-24 — will have talent evaluators scouting and interviewing 335 prospects (and a record 85 underclassmen), according to the list published by NFL.com.

Five former Tigers dot the list in offensive tackle Greg Robinson, defensive end Dee Ford, running back Tre Mason, cornerback Chris Davis and punter Steven Clark. Robinson is the highest-rated former Auburn prospect, with ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay projecting that he'll be taken by the St. Louis Rams with the No. 2 overall pick. He faces fierce competition from fellow tackles Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) and Taylor Lewan (Michigan) to be the first lineman off the board.

Ford's stock has continued to rise in recent weeks, aided by a dominant week at the Senior Bowl which was capped with him being selected as the game's MVP. Originally pegged as a third-round prospect, Ford could be taken as early as the late first round in May's NFL draft.

The latter part of the first round is the highest that any running back is expected to come off the board, with Mason being one possibility along with LSU's Jeremy Hill and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey.

Davis, best known for his game-winning field goal return in the Iron Bowl, is projected as a mid-round pick, but could see that improve with a good week at the combine, especially if he dazzles in the 40-yard dash that teams place such an emphasis on with corners. Clark, who took part in the East-West Shrine game, is one of six punters that will take part in the combine.

In a bit of a surprise, neither fullback Jay Prosch nor kicker Cody Parkey were invited to the combine. The pair will have their next chance to impress scouts at Auburn's Pro Day on March 4.

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