Several UGA, Tech players headed to NFL scouting combine

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Last year, all the talk at the NFL scouting combine was about how Florida’s Tim Tebow would project at quarterback. Auburn’s Cam Newton, of Westlake High, will be center stage at this year’s combine, which will be held February 23 through March 1, 2011.

Like last year, we’ll be there blogging live and will be pretty busy based on the list of Georgia and Georgia Tech players invited.

Falcons coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff usually speak at the main podium and make extra time for the AJC. (Which usually results in some great offseason information for you all.)

Below please find the Georgia Tech and Georgia players who will participate at the combine. Here’s a link to all of the invited players.

RUNNING BACKS: Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech and Shaun Chapas, Georgia.

WIDE RECEIVER: A.J. Green, Georgia.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES: Clint Boling, Georgia and Josh Davis, Georgia.

DEFENSIVE ENDS: DeMarcus Dobbs, Georgia and Justin Houston, Georgia.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS: Akeem Dent, Georgia.

CORNERBACKS: Mario Butler, Georgia Tech and Vance Cuff, Georgia.

SAFETIES: Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech.

A.J. Green will  be long  gone by the time the Falcons pick 27th. Houston should still be on the board. Should the Falcons be interested in Houston and any of the other locals later in the draft?

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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TG

February 11th, 2011
10:09 am

UGA Fan

February 11th, 2011
10:15 am

North Ave Pocket Protector

February 11th, 2011
10:25 am

And by “several” you mean Dawgs.

“few” would have been a better word for Tech.

And anybody find it funny that “All World” Triple Sloption QB Josh Nesbitt is nowhere to be seen on this list? IN fact, he is working out as a RB in hopes of making a practice team somewhere.

I bet you future Jacket QB recruits are taking note……..

$cam is a $ham......

February 11th, 2011
10:30 am

…..and will never be a NFL QB. Mark it down.

D-Man

February 11th, 2011
10:32 am

DOL, how does Justin Houston size up with other traditional DE? LIke a John Abraham, or Michael Strahan (sp?). Just wondering if he is big enough to interest the Falcons.

cuff?

February 11th, 2011
10:36 am

D. LED

Explain how Vance “Personal Foul” Cuff got invited when Kris Durham & Daryl Gamble didn’t?!

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 11th, 2011
11:11 am

D-Man — At 6-3, 263 –He’s shorter than Abe by 1 inch, but they weigh the same. Falcons list Abe at 6-4, 263. Some teams will try to see if he can play OLB in the 3-4.

Cuff? — Will investigate on Cuff. Some guys could get added late like Jeff Owens last season.

Bob in SF

February 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

Surprised Durham was not invited too but then again his film might be doing the talking for him. I have read some buzz on him on some of the pro draft blogs as well, I think he would look good in a Falcon uni.

bigdon

February 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

I agree with not taking Houston. I’ve watched Durham at Sanfore for 4 yrs and he is a BFinn clone so grab him late. I’d also take a chance on Dent. Screw TEch personnel. Name one good one in the pros. P.S. Don’t take Pouncey in the 1st. I like the blaze from MD or that fast back with the crazy name.

JM

February 11th, 2011
1:25 pm

Calvin Johnson

JACKET21

February 11th, 2011
1:39 pm

Keith Brooking and Calvin Johnson are just a couple. More like name some standout puppies, maybe like Matt Stafford who is totally a bust in Detroit or the not so effective running back Moreno, other than Hines Ward not much going on

Brett

February 11th, 2011
1:41 pm

“And anybody find it funny that “All World” Triple Sloption QB Josh Nesbitt is nowhere to be seen on this list?”

No, not really. Only someone completely ignorant of sports and football in general would have though otherwise and thus found his exclusion “funny”.

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
1:47 pm

A lot of obsessing over Tech here…

Houston could be a very good player, but not sure he’s big enough to be a 4-3 end.

I’m not sure if any of the other hometown guys would be good fits, outside of Green of course…but he’ll be long gone by the time we pick.

Honolulu Dawg

February 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

The only thing Keith Brooking is good at is tackling defenders 20 yards down the field…

Honolulu Dawg

February 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

Heck, I even seen Brooking tackle a defender after he made the touchdown in the Pro Bowl here in Hawaii. And he’s a pro bowler? Come On Man!!!

Brett

February 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

Dawan Landry and Taschard Choice are pretty good NFL players too(averaging about 1.5 yards per carry better than Moreno).

I don’t think Stafford is a bust yet if he can stay healthy.

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

Honolulu,
Quit bad-mouthing Brooking. He was our best defender for many years (second best when we had Tuggle). Just because he declined late in his career doesn’t erase all the good years he had.

A 5-time Pro Bowl selection and 2-time All-Pro selection.

Just because you hate Tech doesn’t mean you should be so bitter towards a guy who was a great Falcon.

GTFan

February 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

North Ave Pocket Protector

February 11th, 2011
10:25 am

And by “several” you mean Dawgs.

“few” would have been a better word for Tech.

And anybody find it funny that “All World” Triple Sloption QB Josh Nesbitt is nowhere to be seen on this list? IN fact, he is working out as a RB in hopes of making a practice team somewhere.

I bet you future Jacket QB recruits are taking note…

He wasn’t going to play in the NFL as a quarterback. No surprise!

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

I would like the Falcons to select one of the following:

Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

All three might be available when we pick. All of these guys are good pass rushers but can also hold up against the run.

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
2:00 pm

To be honest, it wouldn’t have mattered what offense Nesbitt had played in or how well he would have performed in college.

At only 6′0″ tall and with good athleticism, he would not be projected as a QB.

The scouts in the NFL are very particular about their QBs. If you’re under 6′3″, you better have a cannon and pinpoint accuracy. Even if you do, you’ll probably be asked to play elsewhere if you’re athletic enough.

Nesbitt is a very good athlete with excellent leadership and work ethic. He will find a spot somewhere, you can bank on it.

Honolulu Dawg

February 11th, 2011
2:02 pm

I dont hate Tech. Its just that I still have that memory of Brooking biting on that play fake against the Cardinals in the playoffs. That did it for me. The only thing I hate is the Tech trolls and the UGA trolls.

mryan2

February 11th, 2011
2:05 pm

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Omnipotent One

February 11th, 2011
2:16 pm

Tarrant will be a steal….wherever he lands…he has a nose for the football and the endzone. He also returns punts and will be a force on ST.

Buckeye

February 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

You not talking about Keith (always a step or two late) Brooking, are you?

Outside Observer

February 11th, 2011
2:46 pm

Omnipotent, I hope you are speaking sarcastically. Tarrant is an awful player. He is the definition of “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.” Case in point, Orange Bowl. Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi picked on Tarrant the whole game. Then, Tarrant has a pick six. No more throwing to Tarrant again right? False, very next throw was right at Tarrant. He is too slow to be a great safety, and a majority of his punt returns were luck. Returning a punt against Jacksonville State? Not impressive. The Clemson return was a complete screwup by the Clemson personnel. I wish him the best, but he should have finished his degree. His future is not in the NFL.

Dense Fooly

February 11th, 2011
2:49 pm

If the Falcons don’t take a real deal WR I think I’m switching to the Titans.

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Harsh, Outside Observer. While I don’t quite share Omnipotent’s point of view, yours is a little too far the other way.

Tarrant is certainly not too slow to be a safety and he is a good return guy.

The problem is he was not good at actually following his coverage…he gambled much too often and tried to play like Ed Reed in the middle. Unfortunately, he does not have Ed Reed’s athleticism (neither does anyone else), and he often got burned.

RambleOn84

February 11th, 2011
3:12 pm

The Falcons do need a wide receiver but I think this could be addressed in free agency. We should also draft one or two guys at receiver, but we shouldn’t expect to get an immediate contributor out of the draft.

collegeballfan

February 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

There is not a single Georgia or Georgia Tech player on the list. They are all “former” players for their particular school.

Georgia fans should be worried about who is gonna catch passes for UGA next year. Green is history.

Same for Tech fans re the BBack position, Allen is history.

Gtfan11

February 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

@North Ave Pocket Protector- Don’t you think it is odd that your dawgs consistently have truckloads of talent (8 invited to the combine) yet struggle to be a team of any consequence. I believe uga had the same pathetic record as tech AND also lost their bowl game to a lesser opponent just as tech did. There is a saying “people who live in glass houses don’t throw stones”. Let’s face it, neither uga or tech have any REAL reason to talk smack until either can prove it on the field.

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JuneBaby

February 11th, 2011
5:39 pm

is Cameron Heyward “Iron Head’’s son?

ACC Fan

February 11th, 2011
6:29 pm

4 Tech players did good in last year’s draft.

Big Bee

February 11th, 2011
7:06 pm

While we are talking about QBs, where is David Greene? Didn’t he break records at UGA?

Big Bee

February 11th, 2011
7:06 pm

I mean THUGA!

Tokyo jacket

February 12th, 2011
5:13 am

Had our fab 3 stayed in last year, we’d have a better looking combine class and draft class (not to mention record apparently). Hope to see the NFL caliber talent displayed next year as Tech has generally done in the past.

Browncoat

February 12th, 2011
9:22 am

OldTimer

February 12th, 2011
9:28 am

Keith Brooking played every play, even the ones he couldn’t make.

The Truth

February 12th, 2011
9:32 am

3 comments: 1) Georgia Tech trains terrorists. 2) Glad to see some non-recruiting talk now that signing day has past us by. It’s pathetic to see grown men gravel over high school kids – bunch of teenage jock-sniffing d-bags, imo. 3) The Falcons should do whatever needs to be done to jump up and take AJ Green. After watching the train wreck that was their playoff game this year, they are in dire need of playmakers on offense.

The Truth

February 12th, 2011
9:34 am

Keith Brooking was and is an awful football player. He’s gotten more credit for diving onto the pile at the end of the play than any other player in the history of the NFL. If the ball carrier didn’t run straight at him, he wasn’t going to make the play. The blown coverage against Arizona summed up his entire, overrated career.

@ Big Bee

February 12th, 2011
9:50 am

Greene is in a much better place than Joe Hamilton, you can bet on that….

Ron D

February 12th, 2011
9:53 am

Cuff: Sub 4.3 speed will get you invited to the Combine.

Luke

February 12th, 2011
10:47 am

Wow “The Truth”. Georgia Tech trains terrorists. Anything else you want to say that shows your ignorance?

Luke

February 12th, 2011
10:50 am

And actually Keith Brooking led our team in tackles from 2001 to 2003 and has consistently had above 100 tackles per season from 01 to 2009, where he had 97 tackles this past season. Nothing to scoff at.

Quitman Dog

February 12th, 2011
11:16 am

Ron D,Thanks for breaking it down for( Cuff? )You can not teach speed.

Steve

February 12th, 2011
11:29 am

Please explain to me how so many Dawgs are invited to the combine and will probably end of playing in the NFL but lose to UCF, Colorado and Miss. State!!

Steve

February 12th, 2011
11:30 am

How many Boise State players are invited to the combine?

Ole Yeller Dawg

February 12th, 2011
12:19 pm

JuneBaby:

Yes, Cameron Heyward is the son of the late Craig “Iron Head” Heyward.

Harry from da Burn

February 12th, 2011
1:39 pm

UGA still doesn’t own Tech in the NFL draft as bad as Tech owns UGA in the NBA draft. Name one UGA player in the league right now??? Oh yeah you can’t. Even this season’s team won’t go to the tournament. Absolutely pathetic.