MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - That nasty Alabama-Auburn rivalry is
spilling over into the NFL draft.
The two in-state rivals that have produced the last two national
champions and Heisman Trophy winners have four players that could
go in the Top 10 Thursday.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Alabama defensive lineman
Marcell Dareus appear to be jockeying for the Carolina Panthers'
No. 1 overall pick.
Crimson Tide receiver Julio Jones and Tigers defensive lineman
Nick Fairley are also projected as Top 10 picks.
If they make it, it will be only the fifth time since the
AFL-NFL merger in 1970 that colleges from the same state have
delivered four of the first 10 players chosen in the draft.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State accounted for all but two of the
opening six picks last year.
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