Packers select Morgan Burnett

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.

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the real Old Gold

April 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Meadowlark Lemmon

April 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Hey Doug. What’s up with Dyer not getting picked yet?

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

WHAT, the ACC player of the year has yet to be drafted?.If I’m a running back I’m shying away from this system!

the real Old Gold

April 23rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Good luck Uno..

the real Old Gold

April 23rd, 2010
9:08 pm

Worm.. You’re an idiot.

POAD

April 23rd, 2010
9:08 pm

This seems way better than I thought he would go. What is wrong with DWYER?

Meadowlark Lemmon

April 23rd, 2010
9:08 pm

Oh and Congrats to Morgan!

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:13 pm

Enter your comments here

Worm-Hater

April 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

Worm, your handle is appropriate.

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

Sorry old gold, but that option doesn’t impress NFL people where the back actually HAS to have some moves!

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:15 pm

Must be that ADHD!

TriJest

April 23rd, 2010
9:16 pm

I’m not first or anything, but very proud to be in the first ten minutes!

Hmmmm!

April 23rd, 2010
9:16 pm

How many 1st round draft picks at WR has Ga Tech had lately compared to “thUG”A?

If I’m a WR I stay away from that thUGA system.

T Mac

April 23rd, 2010
9:16 pm

First? Can’t be.

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

8-2 SEC vs. ACC in 2nd round..Third 5-2 so far..Not much talent in the ACC except for the exceptions!

Meadowlark Lemmon

April 23rd, 2010
9:26 pm

How many Dawgs have been selected so far?

athens outhouse institute of inbreds

April 23rd, 2010
9:29 pm

Morgan’s best interception TD came in 2008 at Athens, need I say more…

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:31 pm

This is the BEST draft GT will ever have-All orchestrated by charlie Chan..Gt will not have a first rounder in the next five years..BOOK IT!

Rodney Dangerfield

April 23rd, 2010
9:31 pm

What the heck is going on with Jonathan Dwyer? Ben Tate, Montario Hardesty? Really?

where's Jonathan?

April 23rd, 2010
9:32 pm

hey Doug, can you do some checking around about Dwyer..are the teams shying away after that erroneous drug test report? If so, then Dwyer’s camp needs to file a lawsuit for whoever is responsible for hurting his career..no bigger shame than that cr@p being reported this week that Dwyer failed a drug test when he has approved medication…

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

Dwyer-Big-Fat-Slow..Product of the system..Elvinski-Where are you?..I told you the NFL knew the real Dwyer.

messin with sasquatch

April 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

looks like no doggs are worthy – no respect – no picks – wow – maybe they don’t run georgia – certainly not alabama or florida.
sorry, doggs………

messin with sasquatch

April 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

smoke that doggheads

messin with sasquatch

April 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

can hear a pin drop out there.

v8 cat

April 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Worm,
Dwyer “slow”? Saw him take it to the house against UGA on first play of 2nd half in the 2008 game in Athens. No dog could catch him.

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

sasquatch, how the heck did we ever beat you guys with all those draft picks and Small johnson-greatest Coach ever?

richard cranium

April 23rd, 2010
9:51 pm

give it a minute – some idiot UGAger will chime in with some moronic rationalization in a minute…

You know it, i know it, and the American people know it.

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:52 pm

VCat- it was the system baby..Same reason Bay-Bay has NO idea how to run an actual pass route..Run 38 times in a row and go deep..

richard cranium

April 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

and there you have it…

No wonder Bulldogs are so ignorant.

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

richard cranium- short for DICK BRAIN

{{25 - 6}}

April 23rd, 2010
9:56 pm

worm, so glad to have you on the GT blog, wishing you were one of us. Have any dogs been drafted yet?

Also, are you keeping score on players facing criminal charges? you lead us 2-0 in that category too!

messin with sasquatch

April 23rd, 2010
10:00 pm

will be interesting to see tebow and bay bay playing together in john denver country. guess they want to see the second coming of elway in tebow.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 23rd, 2010
10:16 pm

Dwyer’s draft issues are all about his poor combine performance. Prior to that performance, he was in the top 3 RB’s on almost every draft expert’s board. I think Jon will be a very productive NFL RB, but you cannot do poorly on the 40, cone drills, vertical jump, and weight reps, and expect to be a top 3 round pick. I’m still hoping that someone will realize what makes this guy special is his lower body strength, and that he will be very durable, but it looks like teams are spooked right now. Hopefully, he will at least end up on a good team with a good OL.

jackjack

April 23rd, 2010
10:19 pm

ratio of tech to uga players drafted 3:1 i believe

4 ncs are better than 1

April 23rd, 2010
10:19 pm

Worm is an idiot. Worm is an idiot.

Outraged in Alpharetta

April 23rd, 2010
10:25 pm

This is an absolute joke that Dwyer is still on the board – most of the RB’s taken ahead of him couldn’t hold his jock. I agree with whoever said it- his agent needs to really look into this and see if that BS report of a failed test at the combine had ANY IMPACT in him dropping so far. Don’t get me wrong- Spiller and Best should’ve gone ahead of him. But Gerhardt, Hardesty, McCluster, and of all people Ben Tate??? Are you kidding me? Someone is going to get a steal in the 4th round, that is, if he even gets picked then. Something is rotten in Denmark.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 23rd, 2010
10:26 pm

Doesn’t Ugay have a lot of HIGHLY RATED COMING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL players waiting to be drafted? I guess that system they run doesn’t get them boys NFL ready. Like Spurrier said, “they look good on paper, but something always happens to ‘em when they go to Georgia.”

Outraged in Alpharetta

April 23rd, 2010
10:27 pm

An absolute joke. Can someone from the AJC PLEASE WAKE UP and research this a little more?

GTPhenom

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 pm

I’m not happy about it, but I can’t say that I am shocked that Dwyer hasn’t been picked. He just didn’t work out well. Now, we know it, and I’m sure SOME NFL team knows it, but Dwyer could easily be a star in the NFL. But, it comes down to who is willing to take the “risk” for him. This is major money we are talking about. Now, puppies, remind me how many UGAg players have been taken compared to GT players this year . . .

Please explain

April 23rd, 2010
10:39 pm

If the BS failed drug test story impacted Dwyer in the least bit he should be able to return to GT for his senior year. Or at the very least be paid a king’s ransome in a settlement with the NFL. Why is noboby talking about this? Where have the AJC crack reporters gone? What in the HELL is going on here??

Not Disappointed

April 23rd, 2010
10:40 pm

congrats to all of them! Dwyer will do just fine in the pros!

Ramblin Wreck!

congrats Bay Bay, D Morgan, Morgan B

April 23rd, 2010
10:40 pm

Doug, the article on Bay Bay was the best article you have written, had no idea what a tough time he had growing up…awesome story….

Please explain

April 23rd, 2010
10:44 pm

“Take the risk” with Dwyer? Are you kidding me GTPhenom? And for the record, he tested great except for his 40 time at the combine- which he improved dramatically on his pro day. He was singled out as one of the RB’s who looked the best in cone drills and making cuts carrying the rock- that is, the only drills at the combine that are remotely related to actually playing the game.

There has to be something we don’t know here. Wake up, AJC writers, and go figure out what on earth could have happened?

Also find it interesting that he was on everybody’s draft board behind Spiller and BEst, yet he somebhow got burnt to the bottom of Kiper’s board during the draft tonight. Something fishy here..

GT Rich

April 23rd, 2010
10:51 pm

Dwyer messed things up himself. He should’ve followed Bay Bay’s path and skipped running at the combine. Hard to get past a bad first impression…. Some team will get a bargain when they pick him. Dorsey Levens comes to mind.

jLo

April 23rd, 2010
10:52 pm

I thought Dwyer might have left to early. I honestly felt maybe he should stay when he announced, but figured he knew what he was doing. Maybe not. So my gut was right, good for me, bad for him and GT

where's Jonathan?

April 23rd, 2010
10:53 pm

I said it, a female GT fan, that something is not quite right here and the anchors on NFL.com didn’t even mention Dwyer’s name tonight at all as if he doesn’t exist. If you google Dwyer and mock drafts, they all had Dwyer in the top 15 first round at least. Now, noone is mentioning his name? Doesn’t matter if a slower performance in the combine caused some of it due to the toe injury, something is not quite right. SO, once again, that erroneous drug test failure cr@p has to be part of this and I would be filing a lawsuit on somebody (media, NFL, doctor and whoever else is responsible for allowing that report to come out in error)..This has cost Dwyer millions. Even if you have never seen Dwyer play a down, go look at the footage on Youtube.com, he is amazing.
You AJC writers should be all over this…Bradley, Schultz, Roberson and the rest of you. It is unacceptable and I am close to saying Shame on the AJC as well. Dwyer deserves better than this.

JMB

April 23rd, 2010
10:54 pm

i feel bad for dwyer. i really think he’s top 3 round material but teams are just overlooking him. someone will get lucky. i still don’t think cj spiller will be able to produce though. just another reggie bush type dud, especially with him playing in buffalo

Dwyer getting job'd

April 23rd, 2010
11:05 pm

I think Spiller will be a player in the league but I also think Dwyer is getting the shaft here.. No mention of his name at all during the draft tonight, either, which is a bit strange considering all of the pre-draft hype.

This makes no sense. Update from the AJC would be nice. Buehller? Buehller??

Johnny FuPa

April 23rd, 2010
11:06 pm

I was shocked D Thomas went before Dwyer. Now i’m more shocked Dwyer is going to be the last of the 4 Georgia Tech players drafted. Who ever drafts Dwyer is going to get an absolute steal!

Worm

April 23rd, 2010
11:10 pm

There’s a reason why my handle is worm. There are some cute guys in this year’s draft.