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:
#10 G Chance Warmack, Alabama (Westlake) – Titans
#17 LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Carver-Columbus) – Steelers
#30 LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (Newnan) – Rams
#36 CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State (Brunswick) – Lions
#45 LB Kevin Minter, LSU (Peachtree Ridge) – Cardinals
#80 S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern (Cairo) – Cowboys
#84 S Shawn Williams, Georgia (Early County) – Bengals
#108 G Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State (Central Gwinnett) – Panthers
#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
#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
#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.