Alabama-Auburn rivalry spills into NFL draft

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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