In this piece, we take a look at three defensive players who have emerged from Auburn’s program in recent years. The list includes Hall, Ojabo, and Wooden. But how do these four compare? And what should the next step be for these players? Let’s explore these names a little more. And let’s not forget about Auburn’s misfits, Garrett and Williams.
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place later this month. While the Scouting Combine and college pro day workouts have been conducted, the players who have made the list are largely still unknown. However, there are some things you should know about Josh Hamilton. He is an exceptionally strong and technically sound prospect. He can play at both end and safety, and he has the instincts and athleticism to make plays. He could become one of the best safety prospects ever.
Despite being a first-year starter at Auburn, Ojabo has already impressed scouts and coaches alike. His athleticism and speed will help him make an impact on the edge of the defensive line. He also plays with physicality and has a great motor. He can also be very effective on inside counters and run defense. However, his ankle injury has limited his play this year. He has top-level physical traits and is already a favorite to be the first overall pick.
Several prospects have jumped to the top of the draft watch lists this spring. Among them is senior defensive end Nick Wooden, who has become a breakout star in Auburn’s defense. The 6-foot-2, 284-pound Wooden has the athleticism to line up at both defensive end and interior line, but he can also play defensive end if necessary. In 2022, he’ll be eligible for the NFL draft but could decide to stay.
NC State OT Osi Ekwonu has been regarded as a first-round prospect due to his combination of size, athleticism and overall savagery. Ekwonu, whose name means “my effort will not go to waste,” has a lot to prove in the NFL, but he has enough to make the watch list at the end of the month.
Auburn defensive players have been making headlines recently. PFF has named three players to its list of defensive prospects to watch in the 2023 NFL draft. While the list did not specify the number of players, Hall, Williams, and Garrett are all considered solid prospects. Hall, who averaged over 80 pass-rush grade each of the last two seasons, should be on the rise after a great season this year.
In the latest edition of ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects, three Auburn defensive players have been named to the watch list. Of these three, one stands out. T.D. Moultry was a five-star prospect who rushed for 1,244 yards in his high school season. Despite his short arms, Moultry has shown good physicality and has shown a knack for playing stickiness with receivers. Although his draft stock will go down slightly from Monday’s ranking, he has enough talent and skill to earn an early starting job in the NFL.