21 players with Georgia ties picked in the NFL draft

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Georgia's Kris Durham wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine. But he had a strong showing at Georgia's Pro Day. Obviously, Seattle was impressed. The Seahawks selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. (Associated Press).

BIRDLAND – The NFL draft started off with Cam Newton’s name being pulled off Carolina’s draft board.

He was just the first of 20 players with ties to Georgia selected in the NFL draft.

At least one player with Georgia ties was selected in six of the seven rounds.

When NFL teams are able to sign undrafted college free agents several more players will likely be signed.

Here’s a list of the draft picks and some of the  players who are still available:


(1) Cam Newton, QB, Auburn, Westlake High — Carolina

(4) A.J. Green, WR, Georgia –  Cincinnati

(25) James Carpenter, OT, Alabama, Hephzibah High – Seattle

(31) Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State, Peachtree Ridge — Pittsburgh


No local players selected

Alabama tackle James Carpenter, who starred Hephzibah High near Augusta, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Alabama tackle James Carpenter, who starred Hephzibah High near Augusta, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)


(68) Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU, Stephenson High – Buffalo Bills

(70) Justin Houston, LB, Georgia – Kansas City Chiefs

(76) Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh, Riverdale – Jacksonville Jaguars

(86) Allen Bailey, DE, Miami, McIntosh County Academy — Kansas City Chiefs

(91) Akeem Dent, LB, Georgia, Douglass High – Atlanta Falcons


(100) Da’Norris Searcy, DB, North Carolina, Towers High – Buffalo  Bills

(101) Clint Boling, OL, Georgia, Chattahoochee High – Cincinnati Bengals

(107) Kris Durham, WR, Georgia, Calhoun – Seattle Seahawks


(136) Buster Skrine, DB, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Etowah High – Cleveland Browns

(152) T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina, Pope High – Houston Texans

(156) Mark Legree, FS, Appalachian State, Pacelli Catholic High — Seattle Seahawks


(176) Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina, Tucker High — Dallas Cowboys

(209) Johnny Culbreath, OL, South Carolina State, Monroe Area High — Detroit Lions

Miami linebacker Marcus Robinson (56) and defensive lineman Allen Bailey (57) bring down Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon in the second half. (By J. Pat Carter -- Associated Press)

Miami linebacker Marcus Robinson (56) and defensive lineman Allen Bailey (57) bring down Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon in the second half. (By J. Pat Carter -- Associated Press)


(211) Bruce Miller, LB, Central Florida, Woodstock High – San Francisco

(217) Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida, Baldwin High  — Washington Redskins

(220) Shaun Chappas, FB, Georgia – Dallas Cowboys

(225) Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech – Baltimore Ravens


DARVIN ADAMS, WR, AUBURN (Harrison): He led Auburn with 52 catches last season. He had 963 yards and seven touchdowns. Draft grade: He’s the 175th ranked player and is a projected fifth rounder.

LADI AJIOBYE, DT, SOUTH CAROLINA (Banneker): Played in all 14 games and had 41 tackles. He had five tackles for loss and two sacks.

MARIO FANNIN, RB, AUBURN (Lovejoy): He was a double-threat quarterback in high school.  He was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100. Had a solid career at Auburn.

CHAS HENRY, PK, FLORIDA (East Paulding): He made 7 of 11 field goals last season with a long of 47 yards.

RAY DOMINGUEZ, OT, ARKANSAS (Bainbridge High): He selected the Razorbacks over Florida State, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Alabama-Birmingham, Central Florida and Marshall.

RICARDO LOCKETTE, WR, FORT VALLEY STATE (Monroe): Last season he had 23 receptions for 262 yards.  He averaged 11.4 yards per catch and caught one touchdown pass.   NFL teams are intrigued by his sprinter’s speed and size (6-3, 200).


VANCE CUFF, DB, (Colquitt County): He has elite speed and plays fast. He’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds.

JOSH DAVIS, OT: At 6-6, 310, he has NFL size. He graduated in December with a degree in Speech Communication.

DeMARCUS DOBBS, DE, (Savannah Calvary Baptist): Appeared in 13 games making 10 starts, recording 28 tackles and 15 quarterback pressures. Graduated in December with a degree in Consumer Economics.


MARIO BUTLER, CB: Was a two-year starter. Has good striking ability, but there are questions about his range and coverage ability.

JERRARD TARRANT, S: Declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season.  He will have to talk with teams about his sexual assault case even though the charges were eventually dropped.  Draft grade: He’s the 121st rated player overall and is a projected third or fourth round pick.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Zach Beck

May 3rd, 2011
5:39 am

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May 3rd, 2011
7:45 am

You left off Johnny Culbreath who played high school ball at Monroe Area high school, was drafted by the Lions in the 7th round out of SC State.


May 3rd, 2011
7:53 am

I’ll bet the Falcons will be talking to a few of these guys.


May 3rd, 2011
8:01 am

I received a call yesterday with an invitation to participate in a conference call with Arthur Blank and Roger Goodell…….all I want to hear from them is, “Let’s play football.”

Other than that, it’s just propaganda and rhetoric.


May 3rd, 2011
8:18 am

Falcons should consider Lockette and Cuff. Speed is something that can’t be taught.


May 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

Hope the Falcons give an extra look at RICARDO LOCKETTE and MARIO FANNIN ! Can’t have enough speed. Especially if we are about being Explosive! I also saw that VIDAL HAZLETON didnt get drafted, he maybe kind of nice to have as a third receiver and cut Jenkins contract. Also read rumors of the Falcons targeting DE RAYEDWARDS that would be great to have on one side! I hope the Falcons give DE VERNON GHOLSTON a shot! He is young and athletic and probably just needs to be playing in a 4-3 defense and eventually could be John Abraham’s replacement.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

Coach — Thanks. He wasn’t on my Combine List. But I know he’s an S.C. State Bulldog. Now that he’s gone, maybe my Howard Bison can get a W next year.


May 3rd, 2011
10:20 am

Didn’t you have Allen Bailey as the Falcons pick on one of your mock drafts? LOL


May 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

As far as I know, Chaz Henry’s promising NFL future is actually punting – not place kicking.

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May 3rd, 2011
12:56 pm

Ajiobye, Fannin, Cuff, and Tarrant deserve a look by the Falcons whenever they can start signing FA’s. Fannin could be what Douglas was before getting hurt. Good speed. Ajiobye was a QB disrupter at SC even though he didn’t get a lot of sacks. He was always in somebodys face and his name got called a lot for being “in there”. With Cuff and Tarrant you at least have some more possibilities in the defensive backfield. Maybe one of them could turn out to be a surprise.


May 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

Where are all the trolls wanting to know why UGA did not sign all of these guys?

Bulldog Joe

May 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

The trolls want to know how Georgia got away with giving all these guys ties.

Zach Beck

May 3rd, 2011
2:06 pm

I am never reading your articles again DOL since you did not give me Kudos for being first. Congrats you lost a long time fan of your work.

Zach Beck

May 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

Mark Bradley always gives Kudos to whomever is the first to comment in his column because he cares about his readers. I have always been a fan of your work but I will never read your work again.


May 3rd, 2011
2:17 pm

No wonder UGA is an underachieving program. Look at all that talent “crossing the borders.” Better enjoy that “Dream Team” (3rd best in SEC) Richt.


May 3rd, 2011
2:48 pm

Ask and ye shall receive.

Legend of Len Barker

May 3rd, 2011
2:54 pm

Jermale Hines (Ohio State) played his first two high school seasons at Berrien.

Yes, Berrien.

(For those not familiar: Berrien is in Nashville. Yes, there is a Nashville in Georgia. No, you’ve never heard of it. No one has. Yes, they are quite used to that.)

In the middle of his sophomore year, Hines transferred to Tift for the second half of basketball season (there is a very long-winded explanation that could be provided), then transferred to Ohio when he played his junior and senior year and got a scholarship to Ohio State.

Mr. Riley

May 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

You forgot about Frank Kearse from Alabama A&M University who is from Savannah, Ga. He got picked up in the 7th round by the Dolphins.

Hey Marcel

May 3rd, 2011
3:34 pm

Zach Beck

May 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm
You sound a little high maitenance ……..


May 3rd, 2011
3:47 pm

@Legend of Len Barker

Isn’t that where Tanner Strickland is from?


May 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

Hey Beck…we don;t need your “insecure ego types” here anyway. It’s suppose to be about football.


Mr Magic6

May 3rd, 2011
5:16 pm

Wait a minute….. i know he wasnt drafted but what about MARCUS BALL…. he is a Safety and we all know our Falcons need help in the secondary. good job in the draft but lets be honest, do we expect “Dent” to help us stop the Packers who just threw the ball all over the city for 48 points???? we need help in the secondary and Ball was once a 2 time all-state, Parade All-American, and a decent college carrer by way of FSU, Pearl River CC, Univ. of Memphis!!!!
Lets get this guy into camp

YoungerThan ThatNow

May 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

@Schmeckdawg… I’m not the Legend, but yes it is.

Nashville is about a twenty minute ride southeast of Tifton and about the same distance almost directly east of Adel, where Cook County High School is located. Very small town, but Berrien County is a fairly large county land-wise, just densely populated.

South GA Dude

May 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

Berrien High is the alma mater of Tanner Strickland. I also hope the Falcons take a look at Larry Dean, who broke Jessie Tuggle’s tackles record at Valdosta State. Larry played high school ball at Tift County High.


May 3rd, 2011
6:56 pm

Do your research. Chas Henry is a Punter. Ever heard of the Ray Guy award? Yea he won that.


May 3rd, 2011
7:27 pm

Jermale Hines also has ties to Georgia. He played QB and RB at Berrien High School in southern Ga for two years as a fresh and sophomore. He was selected in the 5th round by the Rams as a safety out of Ohio State.


May 4th, 2011
12:03 am

VERNON GHOLSTON looks like Tarzan but playls like Jane
We need players


May 4th, 2011
9:36 am

Frank Kearse, Savannah High, Alabama A&M, Miami Dolphins, 7th round


May 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

Ok, guys this is not about the subject above. We all know here in Atl, that the Falcons started training on their own with the help of Coy Wire maybe about 2 weeks ago and just recently on our site we have an article that the New Orleans Saints have begun working out- let me pull a quote from what Bree’s said in that article: “We would all be working out somewhere anyway, so why not do it together and why not do it in an organized fashion where it’s very football-related,” Brees said. “It’s preparing us to have a championship season, and I feel like it’s putting us way ahead of other teams around the league, just by the fact that we’re so organized.” Is it just me or are our Falcons already ahead of the other teams in the league including our good friends to the west of us in New Orleans. Correct me again if i am wrong DOL but it sounds like the Saints have learned a few things from our “Falcants” as one of their fans calls us. Why are we always behind the championship Saints?!! LOL


May 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

Rumor has it that Cam “The scam” Newton will be a TE for Carolina!