Morgan Burnett was selected by Green Bay in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday.
Burnett, a safety from Georgia Tech, was chosen 71st overall. The Packers traded up to slip in front of Buffalo, now led by the man who recruited Burnett to Tech, Chan Gailey, to get him.
After an All-American sophomore season when Burnett intercepted seven passes, he picked off four more as a junior. He finished his career at Tech with 14 interceptions and 235 tackles.
Charles Davis of the NFL Network said in January that Burnett’s size (6-1, 210 pounds) and ability to play safety or cornerback would enhance his appeal to NFL teams.
A native of College Park, Burnett was the third Georgia Tech player to be drafted, following Derrick Morgan going to Tennessee with the 16th pick and Demaryius Thomas to Denver with the 22nd pick.
He strained a hamstring just before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February and wasn’t able to work out for scouts. He recovered and seemed to impress scouts by running the 40 in 4.42 seconds a month later at Tech’s pro day. His time would have been the fastest for safeties at the combine.
Meanwhile, running back Jonathan Dwyer, at one time projected to be a first-round pick, hasn’t been selected. A toe injury sustained during the Orange Bowl hampered his training for the Combine, where he ran a relatively slow 40 time. But he bounced back at Tech’s pro day to run a 4.52, seven-thousandths faster than his time at the combine.