List: 14 former Georgia high school players go in NFL Draft; Irvin is 6th from Stephenson since ‘06

NFL teams selected 13 former Georgia high school players in the 2012 Draft. That’s about the norm.
Below is a list of the 13. Here are 10 facts about the Georgia players selected –

-Former Stephenson student and West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin was the first Georgia player selected at No. 15 in the first round to the Seahawks. Irvin is the sixth player from Stephenson taken in the NFL Draft since 2006, but the first in the first round. As noted in this story by the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, Irvin didn’t play at Stephenson. He was a high school dropout who got his GED, taking an unlikely path. For the record, others from Stephens picked in the NFL are DeMario Minter, Anthony Cannon, Jermaine Cunningham, Perry Riley and Kelvin Sheppard. (Kregg Lumpkin has played in the NFL but was not drafted.)

-There were three Georgia players taken in the first round in 2011 (Cam Newton, Cameron Heyward, James Carter) and 2010 (Eric Berry, Demaryius Thomas, Kareem Jackson). There were none in 2009. There have been 41 Georgia players taken in the first round since 1988.

- Research into Georgia draft picks extends back only to 1988. Since then, the high school with the most draft picks LaGrange with eight, most recently Bruce Thornton in 2004. Southwest DeKalb and Griffin have seven.

- Cordy Glenn, the tackle taken by the Bills in the second round, is the second Riverdale offensive lineman to be drafted in two seasons. Will Rackley of Riverdale went in the third round to the Jaguars last year.

- DeAngelo Tyson, the defensive end taken by the Ravens in the seventh round, is the second Statesboro defensive lineman taken in two seasons. Justin Houston went in the third round to the Chiefs last year.

- Stephen Hill, the former Georgia Tech wide receiver who went to the Jets in the second round, is the first former Miller Grove player drafted. Hill played on one of Miller Grove’s string of four state championships in basketball. No Miller Grove player has been taken in the NBA Draft.

- The 14 Georgia players picked is about the norm. The average since 1988 is 13.7. The most was 19 in 2011, when Cam Newton (Westlake) was No. 1 overall. There were 18 chosen in 2001 (Marcus Stroud was first at No. 13.) The fewest was four in 1993, which was made further strange by the fact that three of those four were from Columbus schools – Brenston Buckner (Carver), Randy Fuller and Gary Downs (Spencer).

- This is the first year since 1999 that no Georgia running back or quarterback has been taken. It’s the first time since at least 1988 that no Georgia running back has been taken for consecutive drafts. Meanwhile, nine offensive lineman and nine defensive linemen from Georgia have gone in the past two drafts (the best two-year run ever for the big uglies, by far.) In fact, most Georgia players drafted the past two years (18 of 32) have been linemen.

- The Cowboys have drafted 17 Georgia players since 1988, the most of any team. The Falcons have picked 16, including fifth-round pick Jonathan Massaquoi of Central Gwinnett this year.

- Brandon Boykin (fourth round by Eagles) would become the first-ever former Fayette County player to play in the NFL. Massaquoi would become the first from Central Gwinnett.

Round/overall, Player, Pos., High School, College, NFL team

1/15, Bruce Irvin, DE, Stephenson, West Virginia, Seattle Seahawks
2/41, Cordy Glenn, OT, Riverdale, Georgia, Buffalo Bills
2/43, Stephen Hill, WR, Miller Grove, Georgia Tech, New York Jets
2/62, Casey Hayward, CB, Perry, Vanderbilt, Green Bay Packers
3/93, Brandon Thompson, DT, Thomasville, Clemson, Cincinnati Bengals
4/124, Brandon Boykin, CB, Fayette County, Georgia, Philadelphia Eagles
4/131, Brandon Mosley, OT, Jefferson, Auburn, New York Giants
5/146, DeQuan Menzie, CB, Carver (Columbus), Alabama, Kansas City Chiefs
5/151, Rokevious Watkins, G, Creekside, South Carolina, St. Louis Rams
5/162, Corey White, S, Dunwoody, Samford, New Orleans Saints
5/164- Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Central Gwinnett, Troy, Atlanta Falcons
7/208, Justin Anderson, G, Irwin County, Georgia, Indianapolis Colts
7/224, Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Wilcox County, Nebraska, New England Patriots
7/236, DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Statesboro, Georgia, Baltimore Ravens

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April 29th, 2012
3:00 pm


April 29th, 2012
4:31 pm

Don’t forget: 2/62, Casey Hayward, CB, Perry, Vanderbilt, Green Bay Packers

fayette county

April 29th, 2012
5:45 pm

matt daniels didn’t get drafted, but he signed a free agent deal with the rams yesterday. so brandon and matt would both be the first from fayette to play pro ball

Todd Holcomb

April 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

Thanks, Jhoneq. I’ve added Casey. Hopefully we’ve got them all now.

Todd Holcomb

April 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

Speaking of Casey Hayward and Perry, here’s some trivia -

Perry has had more players drafted since 1988 than Northside-Warner Robins, its Houston County neighbor. Perry has three (Hayward, Dontarrious Thomas, Kiwaukee Thomas). Northside has one – Chansi Stuckey. HoCo has one (Kyle Moore), and Warner Robins has five, most notably Ben Smith in the 1990 first round.

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April 29th, 2012
11:11 pm

Did Irvin ever actually play at Stephenson? An article you guys put out before the draft indicated that he was never eligible to play. Either way its a heck of a story! This young man should be proud that he got his life straight.

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April 30th, 2012
2:25 am

Rennie Moore, from Camden County, was signed as a free agent by the Houston Texans…… :-D

Todd Holcomb

April 30th, 2012
10:39 am

Dawg – Good point. I have edited the story to clarify that. Good story by D. Orlando Ledbetter to talks about Irvin’s path to the NFL. I hear that Irvin also attended Stockbridge as a freshman or sophomore.

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April 30th, 2012
9:49 pm

Why don’t you give a look at what Cartersville High has put in the NFL. Ronnie Brown #2 overall pick the man the wildcat started with. Andre Fluellen with the Lions. Kevin Henderson Super Bowl Champ, the Butch brother in the 80’s. Don’t know about Robert Lavette. The Purple Hurricanes have 6 players all together to have played in the NFL.

Todd Holcomb

April 30th, 2012
9:53 pm

You mean Keith Henderson? Henderson, Brown & Fluellen are the Cartersville players drafted since ‘88. Lavette played for the Cowboys for a while.


May 1st, 2012
10:44 pm

Brandon “Bam Bam” Boykin is the 1st player from Fayette Co High School to be drafted.

Sandy Creek is in Fayette Co and has produced 4 NFL players since the school opened in 91.


May 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

How many of the players listed were born and raised in the same school district?


May 6th, 2012
11:58 am

Fayette County Schools will continue to put out Pro Athletes. Watch and see

Big Man

May 7th, 2012
1:37 pm

Calvin Johnson is from Fayette


May 10th, 2012
7:14 am

Good article. Check the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl, etc team rosters & you will usually see 3,4 players w/ connections to the state. Also research Thomasville (Eric Curry, William Andrews, Henry Childs, Guy MacIntyre, etc., all All-Pros) plus Charlton Co (the 3 Bailey Bros, Stroud, et al) have each put ~6+ players in pro football. Griffin too, w/ Rayfield Wright, Willie Gault, Freddie Gilbert, et al. A LOT of NFL-ers have come out of the state.


May 10th, 2012
8:17 pm

Camden has 5 former NFL Players and one AFL Draftee who never actually played in the League because of the social situation of the 60s….. :-D

Lions Pride

May 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

Westlake has their own NFL alumni – 5 drafted and 3 free agents and another 1st round pick in 2013!
Adam “Pacman” Jones, West Virginia
Keith Adams, Clemson
Ian Allen, Perdue
Keyaron Fox, Georgia Tech
Sean Jones, Georgia
Anthony Mitchell, Tuskegee
Cameron Newton, Auburn
Kiante Tripp, Georgia

You might as well add Chance Womack, Alabama OL. Probably will be #1 OL/DL taken in 2013 draft


July 13th, 2012
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July 17th, 2012
10:04 am

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July 23rd, 2012
1:55 pm

Griffin Bear and former Western Kentucky University running back Bobby Rainey, the 5-foot-8 dynamo who ended his career as WKU’s all-time leading rusher with 4,542 yards signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens.


September 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

Calvin Johnson from sandy creek was by far the greatest out of fayette county…this page is bs


September 23rd, 2012
11:23 am

As usual stephenson dominates