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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A look at where the Bulldogs - from Green to Durham - might get drafted

A.J. Green and Akeem Dent have been hanging around Georgia football practice the last week or so. Based on one projection, there's a lot of money to be had in that pairing later this month - and not just for Green.

Pro Football Weekly has put together a comprehensive draft chart that ranks players from the top of the draft all through the seventh and final round. And it's fairly easy to read too.

Green, the star receiver, is listed as an early first-round pick, to no one's surprise. The latest projection by ESPN's Todd McShay has Green going fourth overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next up is Justin Houston, who is projected as a late first-round pick. That's also not far off from the usual predictions for Houston, who can play outside linebacker or defensive end.

Clint Boling is projected for the late second-round. The former Georgia player is ranked as the 11th-best offensive line prospect.

Then there's Dent, who led Georgia in tackles last season, and ranked second in the SEC in that category. He hasn't received much mention, but Pro Football Weekly projects him as a late third-round pick. That sounds about right; Dent has good size for the position, and showed he could make tackles in the nation's top league. That should count for something.

Kris Durham is also projected to be drafted by the chart, despite not getting an invite to the NFL combine. He was put in the late sixth-round area of the draft.

If all happens as the magazine projects, it would rate out to a pretty normal draft for Georgia.

Five times since 1999, the program has had multiple first-round picks.

And having five players drafted (Green, Houston, Boling, Dent, Durham) would be in line with past years:

2010: LB Rennie Curran (3), DT Geno Atkins (4), S Reshad Jones (5), DT Kade Weston (7), DT Jeff Owens (7).
2009: QB Matt Stafford (1), RB Knowshon Moreno (1), WR Mohammed Massaoqui (2), CB Asher Allen (3), DT Corvey Irvin (3), Jarius Wynn (6).
2008: DE Marcus Howard (5), RB Thomas Brown (6), OT Chester Adams (7), K Brandon Coutu (7).
2007: DE Quentin Moses (3), DE Charles Johnson (3), TE Martrez Milner (4), T Ken Shackleford (6).
2006: CB Tim Jennings (2), TE Leonard Pope (3), G Max Jean-Gilles (4), DB Greg Blue (5), DB DeMario Minter (5), DT Kendric Golston (6), QB DJ Shockley (7).
2005: LB Thomas Davis (1), LB David Pollack (1), LB Odell Thurman (2), WR Reggie Brown (2), WR Fred Gibson (4), QB David Greene (3).
2004: TE Ben Watson (1), S Sean Jones (2), DE Robert Geathers (4), DB Bruce Thornton (4).
2003: DT Jonathan Sullivan (1), T George Foster (1), T Jono Stinchcomb (2), LB Boss Bailey (2), RB Musa Smith (3), LB Tony Gilbert (6), RB JT Wall (7).
2002: DE Charles Grant (1), LB Will Witherspoon (3), DB Terreal Bierria (4), TE Randy McMichael (4), FB Verron Haynes (5), DB Jermaine Phillips (5), , DB Tim Wansley (7), DE Josh Mallard (7).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Look at all the talent that went to the NFL after the 2005 season. Why is it with all that talent there has been no SEC Championships?!