What Auburn football’s 2022 NFL Draft flop says about the state of the program

AUBURN – It might have been difficult for Auburn football fans to resist the “what-if” urge prompted by a former quarterback’s narrative leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft.

Malik Willis was the elephant in the room, Auburn’s third-string turned Liberty’s glittering pro prospect. Experts knighted Willis as the best quarterback in a weak draft class. Meanwhile, Auburn had zero offensive players chosen.

Yes, that Willis fodder was tempting. Especially for those embittered by how things ended with Bo Nix, Auburn’s chosen one in 2019 and a three-year starter who transferred to Oregon last December (when Willis was already long gone). What if Gus Malzahn chose Willis over Nix as the starter?

Don’t take the bait. As current Auburn coach Bryan Harsin says quarterbacks get too much credit and too much blame. More true than ever in this draft cycle. A three-year-old quarterback decision was Auburn’s McGuffin.

Here’s what you should be paying attention to.

Auburn’s one player drafted was 13th in the SEC. (And does Vanderbilt really count?)

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