The NFL draft isn’t far away, which means that the trio of Auburn Tiger defenders aren’t far away from realizing their dreams. At the top of the list is boundary cornerback Roger McCreary.
At one point in the process, it seemed as though McCreary was a lock to be a first-round pick. The product of Mobile, Alabama, could still be in line to be selected in the back half of round one or early on day two at the very least.
According to the Mock Draft Database, McCreary is projected as a first-round pick in 27% of mocks observed. His projection feels like it will happen early on day two. Lions Wire recently highlighted him.
The Lions know McCreary well, having coached the Auburn standout in the Senior Bowl week. Fans who watched the Tigers play rival Alabama probably know McCreary pretty well too; his best career performance came in his final game, with four PDs and seven tackles in a great showing against the mighty Crimson Tide.
McCreary doesn’t typically get first-round projections due to his athletic measurables. He’s 5-11 but has very short arms (28.75 inches) and his speed is slightly below-average (4.5 40-yard dash). McCreary makes up for it with outstanding initial footwork and above-average play strength, as well as good anticipation. He’s a great tackler in open spaces and doesn’t stay blocked for long in the run game. McCreary is a very good schematic and personality fit for what Glenn and head coach Dan Campbell want in their cornerbacks.
In the theme of the NFL draft, Touchdown Wire recently ranked McCreary among the top 11 cornerbacks. Here is how Mark Schofield broke down the Auburn corner:
Roger McCreary’s Bio
Coming out of Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama, Roger McCreary graded as a three-star recruit and was the 87th-ranked cornerback in the 2018 class according to 247Sports. He originally committed to South Alabama and looked to stay close to home, but ultimately he chose Auburn.
He stepped onto the field as a true freshman and played in seven games, primarily as a reserve. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2019, grabbing his first collegiate interception in a game against LSU. He took over as a starter in 2020, snaring three interceptions in ten games. This past season, he recorded 14 pass breakups, the top mark in the SEC. He was named a First-Team All-American at the end of the year.