Though the 2021 NFL Combine will look a little different in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, familiarity will come with four former Auburn football players being invited to participate. Anthony Schwartz, Seth Williams, K.J. Britt, and Jamien Sherwood made the list of 323 draft prospects attending.
According to a memo by the NFL, all workouts will now be held at each college’s pro day instead of in person. Interviews will be virtual and there will only be limited in-person medical exams that could take place in early April.
The first former Tiger to be invited is Anthony Schwartz, who declared for the draft in early January. The wide receiver had 54 catches for 636 yards and three touchdowns in the 2020 season. He ranks 10th in Auburn career receptions and 17th in career receiving yards, per AuburnTigers.com.
Next on the list is K.J. Britt, senior linebacker and 2020 team captain. Britt recently showed off his talent in The Senior Bowl, where he was voted best LB by his teammates. He missed most of his senior season due to injury, but put up 23 total tackles in the two games he played versus Kentucky and Georgia.
Seth Williams is another wide receiver hoping to head to the NFL in April. In his junior season, he racked up 47 receptions for 760 yards and 4 touchdowns. His size and physicality could make him an elite wide receiver prospect in the NFL.
Finally, there’s Jamien Sherwood. Like Seth Williams, Sherwood declared that he would forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The starting safety recorded 75 total tackles with three tackles for loss and one sack in the 2020 season. According to The Draft Network, Sherwood could be a good fit with special teams in the NFL because of his size and his tackling ability.
Though we’ll miss these athletes on Auburn football’s roster, they have the ability to make it big in the NFL and prove that they’re elite athletes.