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April 30, 2011

Titans take Clayton

Auburn defensive tackle Zach Clayton was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 National Football League by the Tennessee Titans, Saturday. Clayton is the third Auburn player drafted joining first overall pick Cam Newton (Carolina) and thirteenth overall pick Nick Fairley (Detroit).

Clayton started all 14 games during his senior season, recording 28 tackles, including 8.0 for loss and a quarterback sack, while helping the Tigers to the BCS National Championship. Clayton played in 41 career games at Auburn.

A native of Opelika, Ala., Clayton is the first Tiger drafted by the Titans since DT Sen'Derrick Marks in 2009 and the eighth AU player drafted in franchise history.

Since 2000, Auburn has had three or more players selected in 10 of the last 12 NFL Drafts.

Newton was as the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, becoming the fifth overall No. 1 pick in school history and the first Auburn player to be selected No. 1 in the draft since Aundray Bruce in 1988.

Newton is the first individual since 1949 to lead his team to the national championship, win the Heisman Trophy and be the first selection of the NFL Draft in the same academic year.

With Fairley being by the Detroit Lions in the first round marked the first time since 2005 that two Tigers were drafted in the first round.

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