Auburn football: Ranking all 20 NFL teams to cheer for with Tigers alumni

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18. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle has the “12th man” but their lone Auburn alumnus Neiko Thorpe is way lower on the depth chart than that as a corner.

17. Green Bay Packers

As easy as it would be to cheer for Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, DeVante Adams and all of the talented skill players in Green Bay, the fact that their only Auburn football alumnus is second-stringer Montravius Adams makes it difficult for a Tiger fan to really want success up north in cheese country.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a few former Tigers, but they are all reserves. Dontavius Russell is the closest player to relevance, but he was placed on IR this season. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the 2017 seventh-round pick.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

Even though, ya know, War Eagle, the Eagles of Philadelphia are far from a team that Auburn faithful should be cheering for every Sunday. They do have several second-string offensive linemen, a position that can become first string at any time. Rudy Ford is also in their sub-par secondary.

But yeah, ew Eagles.

14. San Francisco 49ers

No disrespect to linemen on both sides of the ball. It is a difficult position where you never truly get credit but get blamed when things go awry (although you do get handsomely paid).

But backup linemen aren’t much reason to get excited about a team winning the Super Bowl. The 49ers feature Dee Ford (DE) and Shon Coleman (OT).

13. Carolina Panthers

Carolina is both closeby and features several reserve linemen higher on the depth chart than the Tigers in the Bay Area. Derrick Brown and Mike Horton are Auburn’s contributions to the Panthers’ roster.

12. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis has the former starting guard for Auburn football in Braden Smith, and as the lone Tiger on the Colts, he reprises that role in the Circle City.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is easily the most intriguing team of 2020 with the arrival of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski–not to mention Leonard Fournette and even Antonio Brown–but there are only a few cornerbacks in Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean who suit up in “Tompa Bay”.

10. Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are the closest geographical professional football team to the Plains, and they feature the starting long-snapper in Josh Harris and backup defensive end Marlon Davidson.