AUBURN, Ala. — Reese Dismukes ended his career at Auburn as one of the school's most decorated players in recent memory. He won the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top center. He was a consensus All-American. And he made 50 starts as a Tiger, the second-most in school history behind only fellow offensive lineman Lee Ziemba's 52.
But that wasn't enough for Dismukes to become one of the 256 players taken in the NFL draft this past weekend. Instead, he ended up signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. There, he'll reunite with Auburn teammate Sammie Coates, who the Steelers selected in the third round.
Dismukes' quandary was arguably the most popular Auburn-centric question once the draft finished up: how did a player who accomplish so much go seven rounds without hearing his name called?
According to a report from WalterFootball.com, teams had reservations about Dismukes' character.
"Sources question Dismukes' ability to fit in a locker room," the report states. "Teams have some off-the-field concerns about him as a person, and they aren't sure that he will be a good teammate to all segments of the locker room."
Concern about his attitude weren't the only factors working against Dismukes, though. At 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds, he doesn't have the prototypical size many NFL teams look for in a center.
In sum, five former Tigers were picked in this year's draft.