Dontavius Russell is now a Jacksonville Jaguar after being selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Russell, who was a key piece in Auburn’s formidable defensive line during his four years, becomes the eighth Auburn defensive lineman to be drafted from the school this decade, and the first since Montravius Adams in 2017.
Russell's play allows him to swallow up gaps in the offensive line, and free up space for fellow defenders. The redshirt senior from Carrollton, Georgia started 49 of 52 games while at Auburn, giving him valuable experience that most players in the NFL Draft don’t possess.
The 6-foot-3-inch defensive tackle had his best statistical season in 2017, where he had 21 solo tackles, two passes defensed, three sacks and a forced fumble. He finished his Auburn career with 148 total tackles, six sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Russell heightened his draft stock after the 2017 season, but decided to stay at Auburn for the 2018 season.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Russell posted a 5.15 second 40 yard dash, 24 reps on the bench press, 7.81 seconds in the three cone drill and 4.77 seconds in the 20 yard shuttle drill. According to NFL.com, Russell currently has a 50-50 chance to be on an NFL roster at the beginning of the season.
Russell is the sixth Auburn player to be drafted this year.
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