Auburn, Ala.--Ben Grubbs, a senior offensive guard, became the first Auburn University football player taken in the 2007 National Football League draft.
Grubbs was selected in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens as the 29th player selected.
Grubbs, who came to Auburn as a defensive player, found a home on offense. He started 38 consecutive games at guard and earned All-SEC honors as a senior.
"It never crossed my mind that I would be drafted by Baltimore when I saw it on ESPN last night," Grubbs says. "It was a long day sitting here for 3-4 fhours today. It was hectic for me, but I*m glad to be a Raven and wouldn't want to be any other place. I'm ready to get to the organization and try to be an impact right away.
A highly regarded recruit out of Elmore County High in Eclectic, Ala., Grubbs redshirted in 2002 while playing defensive end. He moved to tight end the next year and played in nine games as a reserve.
His blocking skills convinced coaches to move him inside to guard and he started all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore for Auburn’s unbeaten 2004 team.
A player who did not have injury problems in college, Grubbs became a fixture in the starting lineup and was there for every game in 2005 and 2006.
Grubbs is the first Auburn offensive lineman picked in the first round since Kendall Simmons, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was takend in 2002. He is also the first Tiger drafted by the Ravens.
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