This should have been a perfect night for football players from Auburn and Alabama who are expected to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft tonight in New York.

But now their big moment — it’s believed to be the first time the schools have had multiple first-rounders in the same draft -- comes a day after the state of Alabama and the South were devastated by tornadoes. The storm has forced Auburn, the national champion, to postpone its trip to the White House; instead, President Barack Obama will tour Alabama on Friday.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, is likely to be the No. 1 pick by the Carolina Panthers. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley will be an early pick as well. From the Crimson Tide, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram are projected first-rounders.


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