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