Record 20 state players taken in NFL Draft

The 20 former Georgia high school players picked in the NFL Draft last week is the most in history.

The previous high was 19 in 2011. The average over the past 25 seasons is 13.4, but it’s 17.3 over the past four seasons, a reflection of Georgia’s increasing prominence as a producer of NFL talent.

Westlake graduate Chance Warmack, a guard from Alabama, was the first Georgia player selected. He went 10th overall.

Warmack is the sixth former Westlake player drafted in the NFL since 2004, the first since Cam Newton went No. 1 overall in 2011. Only Stephenson can match Westlake’s six draft picks over the past 10 years.

Jarvis Jones (Carver-Columbus) and Alec Ogletree (Newnan) also went in the first round. The most Georgia players taken in the first round was five in 2005 (led by Cartersville’s Ronnie Brown). The average is 1.9 since 1988.

Eight Georgia high schools saw one of their graduates drafted for the first time in more than 25 years. Those schools are Brunswick (Darius Slay), Burke County (Cornelius Washington), Cairo (JJ Wilcox), Camden County (Ryan Seymour), Grayson (Quanterus Smith), Habersham Central (Tavarres King), Starr’s Mill (Sam Martin) and Westside of Augusta (Sanders Commings).

Newnan had two players picked in Ogletree and wide receiver Alan Bonner. That has happened about a dozen times since 1988, most recently in 2010 with Stephenson (Jermaine Cunningham, Perry Riley).

The college team with the most Georgia players drafted is Georgia with eight. That’s 40 percent of the 20. Historically, about 25 percent of drafted Georgia players played at Georgia.

Georgia Tech had no in-state players drafted. Tech has had 27 in-state players drafted since 1988.

Also interesting are a number of non-drafted free agents from Georgia. They include former AJC Super 11 picks DT Omar Hunter of Buford (Steelers), WR Josh Jarboe of Cedar Grove (Redskins), DT Abry Jones of Northside-Warner Robins (Jaguars), WR Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun (Bills), CB Branden Smith of Washington (Buccaneers) and DL Chase Thomas of Walton (Saints).

Former Georgia high school players taken in the 2013 NFL Draft:

First round

#10 G Chance Warmack, Alabama (Westlake) – Titans

#17 LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Carver-Columbus) – Steelers

#30 LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (Newnan) – Rams

Second round

#36 CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State (Brunswick) – Lions

#45 LB Kevin Minter, LSU (Peachtree Ridge) – Cardinals

Third round

#80 S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern (Cairo) – Cowboys

#84 S Shawn Williams, Georgia (Early County) – Bengals

Fourth round

#108 G Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State (Central Gwinnett) – Panthers

Fifth round

#134 CB Sanders Commings, Georgia (Westside-Augusta) – Chiefs

#146 DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky (Grayson) – Broncos

#152 S Cooper Taylor, Richmond (Marist) – Giants

#161 WR Tavarres King, Georgia (Habersham Central) – Broncos

#165 P Sam Martin, Appalachian State (Starr’s Mill) – Lions

Sixth round

#175 S Jamoris Slaughter, Notre Dame (Tucker) – Browns

#188 LB/DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia (Burke County) – Bears

#191 S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (Seminole County) – Redskins

#195 WR Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State (Newnan) – Texans

Seventh round

#209 WR Brice Butler, San Diego State (Norcross) – Raiders

#210 CB Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State (Newton) – Jaguars

#220 G Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt (Camden County) – Seahawks

Note: Please make us aware of any omissions. This data must be researched and is not released by the NFL.

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April 28th, 2013
1:33 pm

Matt Pierce – Valdosta State – St. Pius X Catholic HS – Undrafted free agent signed with the Tennessee Titans


April 28th, 2013
3:19 pm

Travis Taylor, first round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, started his HS Football career at Camden County HS before transferring to Ribault in Jacksonville, Fl.. :-)

Todd Holcomb

April 28th, 2013
4:05 pm

Good notes, guys. …

If anybody has any other free-agent signings, please post.

Camden – Thanks for pointing that out about Travis. Since I wrote ‘graduates’, I’ll leave the story as is, but he and Camden deserve mention for that.


April 28th, 2013
5:11 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to all the former Georgia high school players selected in the National Football League (NFL) draft !!!

Football Top Fan wish you much luck and success in your professional career.

Georgia has some of the best high school football programs in the nation.

Free Agent Signings

April 28th, 2013
7:17 pm


April 28th, 2013
8:01 pm

Unless he becomes completely unglued, I believe Allen Bonner has a good shot at making the Texans 53 man roster. :-)

high school sports fan

April 28th, 2013
8:09 pm

M.L. King’s Aaron Hawkins, Ole Miss, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs


April 28th, 2013
10:20 pm

Mundy’s Mill Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M University, signed with the Arizona Cardinals. :-)


April 29th, 2013
1:26 am

Mike Gilliard of Valdosta State was picked up by the St. Louis Rams. He played with UGA #35


April 29th, 2013
1:26 am

Sorry I meant Valdosta High School not State.

Angelo Pease

April 29th, 2013
5:16 am

Angelo Pease from Kansas State signed with Green Bay.

Angelo Pease

April 29th, 2013
5:19 am

Angelo is from Cairo

Todd Holcomb

April 29th, 2013
7:54 am

Thanks for the free agent news.

Here are more that are being reported on by superfan68 –

AJ Bouye (Tucker) by the Texans
Izaan Cross (Flowery Branch) by the Bills
Kanorris Davis (Perry) by the Patriots
Troy Davis (Berkmar) by the Jets
Darius Eubanks (Thomson) by the Vikings
Cory Grissom (Troup) by the Patriots
AJ Hawkins (M.L. King) by the Chiefs
Robert Jones (Tucker) by the Panthers
Richard Kent (Walton) by the Chargers
Jeremy Kimbrough (Cedar Grove) by the Redskins
Phil Lutzhenkirchen (Lassiter) by the Bucs
Anthony McCloud (Thomas County Central) by the Vikings
Kenny Miles (Brookwood) by the Giants
Tori Mobley (Carver-Columbus) by the Panthers
Tyler Morgan (Whitewater) by the Panthers
Nigel Nicholas (Ridgeland) by the Titans
Chip Reeves (Stone Mountain) by the Redskins
Gerard Rivers (Cedar Grove) by the Rams
Christian Robinson (GAC) by the Rams
Rod Sweeting (Luella) by the Saints
Brandon Thurmond (Laney) by the Falcons
Brynden Trawick (Sprayberry) by the Ravens
Justin Tuggle (Northview) by the Texans
Camden Wentz (Lassiter) by the Vikings
Kyle Wilborn (The Heritage School) by the Redskins

Chicken Bone

April 29th, 2013
8:00 am

You forgot Georgia State’s non-drafted free agent Emmanuel Ogbuehi of Mill Creek High School. Great attitude and I believe he makes the Redskins in the fall. Got the size and reach to make big plays in the NFL.

Just for the Record

April 29th, 2013
8:34 am

what about Darick odgers?

Bill Cosby

April 29th, 2013
9:21 am

Chris Hubbard -OG-UAB- Carver-Columbus-Pitt , Please add to list

Bill Cosby

April 29th, 2013
9:23 am

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April 29th, 2013
9:51 am

Thanks for all of the input……..we need more people helping the writers

Old Coach

April 29th, 2013
10:22 am

TJ Barnes is from AL

Todd Holcomb

April 29th, 2013
1:38 pm

Da’Rick Rogers is in the original article. The former Calhoun Yellow Jacket has signed w/ the Bills.

Old Coach – You are correct. Fixed. I think there is another Barnes from Cartersville who plays at Tech. Probably the source of the confusion.


May 1st, 2013
9:39 pm

Cracking me up that in an article about players “taken in the draft,” people are telling you about “mistakes” in failing to mention undrafted free agents! Good work Todd.

shedick j

May 2nd, 2013
9:01 pm

Angelo Pease UDFA out of Kansas State from Cairo High School to Green Bay Packers


May 5th, 2013
7:42 am

Treavor Scales. Played at Dunwoody HS. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons. Played college ball at Harvard.