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Five Auburn Tigers sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents

Philip Lutzenkirchen and four teammates are moving on to the NFL, having signed with teams as undrafted free agents.

Kevin C. Cox

This past Saturday, the 2013 NFL Draft came to a close, and the SEC set a new draft record with 63 players selected. However, of those 63 SEC athletes, Corey Lemonier was the only Auburn Tiger taken. While certainly not the best of showings by Auburn in this year's draft, five of Lemonier's teammates will also be moving onto the next level, having signed as undrafted free agents.

Philip Lutzenkirchen, Emory Blake and Darren Bates head west to St. Louis to take part in the Rams' rookie camp on May 9. Onterio McCalebb and John Sullen also penned free agent deals, but they'll be heading north to Cincinnati.

Lutzenkirchen was easily the next-highest profile candidate in the draft for Auburn behind Lemonier. His stats speak for themselves, as he holds records for most touchdown receptions by a tight end and is second in catches and yards by a tight end in the Tigers' record book. Of course, Auburn fans will always remember him touchdown reception against Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl, which led to this:


Not being selected in the draft didn't seem to bother Lutzenkirchen at all:

"Once it became the seventh round, I would have rather have been a free agent. It gives you a chance to look at some of the numbers on a roster," he said.

"I'm good to go. Now, it's just making myself the player I once was so I can show all my skills."

Best of luck to all the Tigers moving on, and War Eagle!