On the second day of the 2023 NFL Draft, Auburn had two selections from this year's draft class.
Derick Hall was one of the first players taken off the board on Friday, going to the Seattle Seahawks as the No. 37 overall pick. As the third round moved along, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Tank Bigsby with the No. 88 pick, pairing him with starter Travis Etienne.
Hall watched the draft with his family in his hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi. The former senior and leader of Auburn's defense over the last two seasons was Auburn's highest-rated prospect in the 2023 draft.
"What's up Seattle Nation? It's Derick Hall checking in man," Hall said in a social media video. "I'm ready to get to work, can't wait to get to town, can't wait to see what the city is about. Hey man it's a great day, its a great day to be a Seahawk."
As for Bigsby, the Jaguars were in the middle of the pack as a rushing attack last season, coming in at No. 14 in the NFL with 2,116 total yards on the ground in 2022. Jacksonville took Etienne in the first round of the 2022 draft and he delivered a 1,000-yard season in his rookie year, with James Robinson being traded to the Jets midway through the 2022 season.
Outside of Etienne's 1,125 yards, Jacksonville did not have another player with over 300 yards.
"Decisive runner, excellent after the catch in the pass game and runs through traffic. You see contact, his feet do not go dead," said NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah. "He's able to really drive and push through contact."
Auburn still has several players eligible for a Day Three selection, with Colby Wooden and Owen Pappoe expected to hear their names called on Saturday.
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