AUBURN, Ala. -- Running back Ben Tate was the first Auburn player selected in this year's NFL Draft, going to the Houston Texas in the second round Friday night.
Tate is the first Tigers running back to be selected since Kenny Irons went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round in 2007.
Tate ran for 1,362 yards as a senior and 3,321 yards in his Auburn career, putting him fifth on the school's all-time rushing list.
He was the 58th pick overall and the sixth running back to come off the draft board, following Clemson's C.J. Spiller (Buffalo), Fresno State's Ryan Mathews (San Diego), California's Jahvid Best (Detroit), Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster (Kansas City) and Stanford's Toby Gerhart (Minnesota).
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Auburn has had at least one player selected in the second round or higher in each of the last seven years.
Cornerback Walt McFadden, defensive end/linebacker Antonio Coleman and defensive tackle Jake Ricks could still be selected in this year's draft. The second and third rounds conclude today, with the final four rounds happening Saturday.