In all, 26 players with Georgia connections are on the official invite list to the NFL scouting combine drills which starts Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Last season there were 31 players with Georgia connections invited to the scouting combine.
Some of the lesser known players with local ties include Yale quarterback Patrick Witt and Samford defensive back Corey White.
Witt played at Parkview before finishing his high school career in Texas. He started his college career at Nebraska before transferring to Yale where he was a three-year starter and now holds most of the school’s major career passing records: 549 completions (first), 913 attempts (first), 6,033 yards (first), 60.1 completion percentage (first) and 37 touchdown passes (second).
White, who played at Dunwoody, prepared for the combine by training in Bradenton, Fla.
White had four interceptions last season. He also had 58 tackles, including 52 solo tackles.
Over his career at Samford, White had seven interceptions and 18 passes defensed. He finished with 140 tackles overall.
Here’s a link to the full schedule for the 2012 NFL scouting combine.
Here’s a quick look at the group of players with Georgia Connections:
1. JUSTIN ANDERSON, GEORGIA, OL, 6-5, 342 (Irwin County High). Earned his undergraduate degree in Housing.
2. BRANDON BOYKIN, GEORGIA, DB, 5-10, 183, (Fayette County). Suffered a leg injury at the Senior Bowl. Was interviewed by the Falcons in Mobile.
3. DREW BUTLER, GEORGIA, P, 6-2, 214 (Peachtree Ridge). Earned undergraduate degree in Telecommunications graduating Cum Laude. Only one punter was selected in the 2011 NFL draft.
4. ORSON CHARLES, GEORGIA,TE, 6-3, 241. “Not much of a blocker,” according to Mel Kiper’s 2012 draft report. “When you bring the type of dimension that he does to passing game, it more than compensates for any deficiencies in that area.”
5. ALFONZA DENNARD, NEBRASKA, DB, 5-10, 205, (Wilcox County). Suffered a hip injury at the Senior Bowl. Kiper has him as the top rated senior cornerback in the draft. “Dennard is a gifted athlete with superior leaping ability,” according to Kiper. “I’ve also been impressed with his toughness and hard-nosed approach.”
6. CORDY GLENN, GEORGIA, OL, 6-5, 348 (Riverdale). “Glenn has proven to be a [strong] run blocker when he plays with proper leverage and hand placement,” according to Kiper.
7. DARIUS HANKS, ALABAMA, WR, 6-0, 185 (Norcross). Caught 26 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown last season for the Crimson Tide.
8. JOSH HARRIS, AUBURN, LS, 6-1, 224 (Carrollton). Participated in the Senior Bowl.
9. CASEY HAYWARD, VANDERBILT, CB, 5-11, 188 (Perry). “Fine all-around CB with the Commodores, making a ton of plays on, around, or behind the line of scrimmage in addition to getting the job done at a high level in pass coverage,” according to Kiper. “Reliable and consistent. Hayward started 37 consecutive games to close out his exceptional career in Nashville, totaling 13 interceptions.”
10. STEPHEN HILL, GEORGIA TECH, WR, 6-5, 205, (Miller Grove). “What is lacking from the equation at the present time in polish,” according to Kiper.
11. BRUCE IRVIN, WEST VIRGINIA, DE, 6-3, 245 (Stephenson). Played wide receiver for Ron Gartrell at Stephenson. Went to junior college before signing with the Mounties. He was number two in the nation with 14 sacks as a junior. His sacks dropped to seven last season. He’s considered a 3-4 rush linebacker by some teams.
12. BEN JONES, GEORGIA, C/G, 6-3, 316. Played in the Senior Bowl. He was a Dave Rimington Trophy Finalist.
13. DeQUAN MENZIE, ALABAMA, CB, 6-0, 198 (Columbus Carver). He started and moved inside in nickel situations. He’s also a solid blitzer from the slot.
14. JONATHAN MASSAQUOI, TROY, DE, 6-2, 270 (Central Gwinnett). “He had the look of a raising star in the Sun Belt Conference last season, finishing with 20.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks,” according to Kiper. “I saw a player who quickly disengaged from blockers and was capable of making big plays against the run or pass. The results this [past] season haven’t been nearly as impressive [10 tackles for loss/six sacks].”
15. RENNIE MOORE, CLEMSON, DT, 6-3, 265 (Camden County). He received his degree.
16. KELCIE McCRAY, ARKANSAS STATE, SS, 6-2, 195 (Columbus, Ga. – Hardaway High). A hard-hitting safety.
17. BRANDON MOSLEY, AUBURN, OT, 6-6, 310 (Jefferson). Played in the Senior Bowl. Mosley was a second team All-SEC selection by the league coaches in 2011 after starting all 13 games for the Tigers, one at left tackle and 12 at right tackle. He started 11 games in 2010 as he helped Auburn to the BCS national title.
18. TAUREN POOLE, TENNESSEE, RB, 5-10, 215 (Stephens County). Was the Vols leading rusher with 693 yards in 12 games (57.8 per game) with five touchdowns. He also had 21 catches for 164 yards.
19. SHAWN POWELL, FLORIDA STATE, P, 6-4, 235 (Rome, Ga./Darlington Prep). Won the CFPA punter of the year award.
20. BRANDON THOMPSON, CLEMSON, DT, 6-2, 310 (Thomasville). “One of the more under-publicized blue chip, first-round prospects on the defensive side of the ball,” according to Kiper. “Thompson is difficult to handle along the interior with his combination of quickness and power. Bench presses 450 pounds and squats 615.”
21. CYHL QUARLES, WAKE FOREST, SS, 6-3, 210 (Meadowcreek). The 12th ranked safety in the draft, according to NFLDraftScout.Com.
22. ROKEVIOUS WATKINS, SOUTH CAROLINA, OT, 6-4, 340 (Creekside). Has played both guard and tackle for the Gamecocks.
23. DeANGELO TYSON, GEORGIA,DE, 6-2, 306 (Statesboro). Played in the East-West Shrine game.
24. BLAIR WALSH, GEORGIA, PK, 5-10, 192. Named to UGA’s team of the decade.
25. COREY WHITE, SAMFORD, DB, 6-1, 210 (Dunwoody). A first-team all-Southern Conference pick.
26. PATRICK WITT, YALE, QB, 6-4, 230 (Parkview). Started his college career at Nebraska, before transferring to Yale.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog