Auburn alums sign NFL free agent deals


By: Jeff Shearer

Zakoby McClain

AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn Tigers turned disappointment into determination Saturday, signing free agent contracts going unselected in 2022 NFL Draft.

Linebacker Zakoby McClainsafety Smoke Mondaydefensive lineman TD Moultrylinebacker Chandler Wooten and receiver Demetris Robertson The NFL franchise quickly signed with the Seven-Round Draft.

McClain signed with the Baltimore Ravens. As a junior in 2020, he led the nation with 113 tackles, finishing his Auburn career (2018-21) with 268 stops, including 19 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

Monday signed with the New Orleans Saints. As a senior in 2021, Monday finished with 63 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one interception and five pass breakups. In four seasons at Auburn, he collected 171 tackles and five interceptions.

Wooten signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Wooten captained the 2021 Tigers after opting out of the 2020 season, selling scouts on his versatility and potential for further development.

Moultry signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The defensive lineman played in an Auburn-record 59 games from 2017-21, concluding his career with his best season, compiling 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles in four losses and four sacks in 2021.

Robertson signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In his only season on the Plains, the grad transfer made 37 receptions for 489 yards and four touchdowns, adding a 36-yard rushing TD. Alabama State.

The signees will be trying to follow the blueprint of the recent former Tigers who have an undrafted free agent from an identical path to an established NFL player.

Former Auburn standouts Josh Bynes, Jonathan Jones and Peyton Barber each join the path of undrafted free agents to productive and lucrative NFL careers.

Bynes, a linebacker on Auburn’s 2010 national championship team, just completed his 11th NFL season and looks forward to season no. 12. He won a Super Bowl ring with Baltimore following the 2012 season.

A cornerback, Jones caught on the Patriots in 2016, won two Super Bowls and signed a three-year, $ 21 million contract extension in 2019.

Barber, a running back, is fielding offers before his seventh NFL training camp this summer, with more than double the average career length at his position.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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