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Strong Case for No. 1

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page E14

Strong Case for No. 1

Auburn became the first team to have an entire offensive backfield selected in the first round of the NFL draft since the AFL-NFL merger in 1967, and the first in the Southeastern Conference to have four first-rounders.

Tailback Ronnie Brown was the second overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, and Carnell Williams went to Tampa Bay three picks later. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell went to Washington with the ninth and 25th picks, respectively.

Auburn's Ronnie Brown (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

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Auburn had never had more than two players chosen in the first round. The Tigers went 13-0 last season, but were shut out of the national championship game and had to state their case for No. 1 off the field.

Yesterday's draft "showed everyone why we should have been competing for the national title this year," Campbell said.

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