10 best NFL Draft picks in Auburn football history

Auburn won't be producing any first-rounders in the 2024 NFL draft, but that doesn't mean a late-round sleeper won't turn into a great value in the NFL. Many of the best draft picks in Auburn history slipped well past Round 1.
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Joe Cribbs. . 6. player. . Round: 2 Pick: 29. Joe Cribbs, RB. 1980. Joe Cribbs, RB. 16

Joe Cribbs was immediately impactful upon entering the NFL. He ran for 1,185 yards and caught 52 passes for 415 yards as a 22-year-old rookie in 1980 which earned him a second place finish for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons, including his rookie year. 

Cribbs was a true three-down running back, amassing over 1,500 scrimmage yards in three of his first four years before missing 1984 due to a contract dispute. His career was never the same after sitting out that season, but Buffalo still got excellent return on an early second round pick.