Tech draft prospects may go late

Greetings, all-

I hope you and your loved ones made it through last night’s storm safely. The NFL draft starts tonight, and I feel pretty safe in making one prediction. There won’t be two Georgia Tech players taken in the first round and three in the first three rounds, as was the case last year with Derrick Morgan, Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett going in the first, first and third rounds, respectively.

The Tech players most likely to go are B-back Anthony Allen, safety Jerrard Tarrant and cornerback Mario Butler. It’s possible that no Tech player will hear his name called until Saturday, when rounds 4-7 will take place. (Round one is Thursday night, rounds 2-3 on Friday. If you’re wondering, coverage starts at 8 p.m. Thursday ET, 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, all on ESPN.)

In a conference call last week, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper projected all three to be Saturday picks, along with safety Mario Edwards, with Allen going first.

“There’s really no marquee player,” Kiper said of Tech’s entrants.

Kiper said “there’s no question [Allen] has talent,” but noted that Jonathan Dwyer went late in the draft last year (sixth round). (I’m not sure comparing the cases of Allen and Dwyer is entirely valid. Dwyer’s stock dropped precipitously after he declared for the draft, when he was projected to go as early as the second.)

In the NFL, Allen will want to avoid carries where his helmet falls off.

In the NFL, Allen will want to avoid carries where his helmet falls off.

That said, I saw a mock draft that had Tarrant going as high as the second round. Particularly once you get past the first round, as I’m sure you are aware, projecting draft picks is a bit of a murky business. The website nfldraftscout.com, which I found fairly reliable in my days as a Falcons and NFL reporter, pegs Tarrant around the fifth round, Butler in the sixth or seventh at the earliest and Allen as a seventh-rounder or undrafted.

As for quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, Kiper said the question was how teams see him. While he worked out at Tech’s pro day at quarterback, it’s possible a team may take him (he’d presumably be a late-round pick if he goes) and try him at running back, defensive back or a special teamer.

(Update, 2:10 p.m. Nothing seems certain, but the NFL has ended its lockout, at least temporarily. That means that teams will be able to sign undrafted rookies, so long as the lockout isn’t restored. The NFL told teams in a memo that it will instruct teams on procedures for trades and signings.)

Unfortunately for Tech players that go undrafted, teams will likely not be able to sign them as undrafted free agents because of the labor impasse. Hundreds of players make their way into NFL camps as undrafted free agents – former Tech offensive lineman Cord Howard did it last year with Buffalo and started four games as a rookie. Former Jackets Mike Cox and J.P. Foschi are two others who used that route to earn NFL spots.

Aside from the aforementioned, players that could potentially impact include offensive tackle Nick Claytor, cornerback Dominique Reese, fullback Lucas Cox and linebacker Brad Jefferson and kicker Scott Blair. Barring a court order, undrafted players would have to wait until the NFL and the players reach an agreement to be signed, which would likely make their odds of making a team even higher, since they would have less time to learn their new teams’ systems.

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.jackette

April 28th, 2011
8:44 am

what about Scott Blair?

the real Old Gold

April 28th, 2011
8:58 am

“jackette”… Scott had mentioned that the Giants had called to confirm his phone number was correct last week. He’s not been too concerned with the NFL, and has already been offered a job in finance upon graduation. I’m sure he’d take a detour if drafted.

Yazoo

April 28th, 2011
8:58 am

Boy Nick Claytor got some bad info – either that or he was ready to leave.

juvenal

April 28th, 2011
9:01 am

lots of these kids become good role players at the next level…..

Ken Sugiura

April 28th, 2011
9:15 am

Thanks, Jackette. Blair is another guy who’d likely be an undrafted free agent.

Jack G

April 28th, 2011
9:21 am

And that ladies and gentlemen is why CPJ cant sign top prospects.

Tech Fan

April 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Ken Sugiura

April 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Unless I misunderstand you, Jack G, you’re a little off the mark on that one. Chan Gailey signed all of those players (as well as the two first-rounders last year) except for Anthony Allen.

reebok

April 28th, 2011
9:51 am

Somebody needs to give Nesbitt a shot, even if only as a special-teams player. He’s one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever seen.

Deuce Coupe

April 28th, 2011
10:12 am

Anthony Allen led the ACC in rushing and gained 422 yards in his last 3 games.

JM

April 28th, 2011
10:23 am

good luck to each one. hope they end up with a club that will fit their talents.

Rodney Dangerfield

April 28th, 2011
10:24 am

Hey Jack, CPJ did not sign these top prospects. If you are going to say something, at least research what you are talking about, otherwise you look like an idiot or dawg fan.

nerd in hiding

April 28th, 2011
10:28 am

hey pick me pick me.

Blair Miss Project

April 28th, 2011
10:55 am

Man….. if only Nesbitt had won that Heisman…. he was SO close!!!

Blair Miss Project

April 28th, 2011
10:59 am

wait, wait, wait……

“Scott Blair has already been offered a job in finance….”

FINANCE????????

I know SEVERAL UGA graduates who are in finance (and do very well, mind you),…. but FINANCE???

I thought all your athletes go on to be world renowned engineers???????

Luke

April 28th, 2011
11:40 am

So you’re going to knock one of our athletes for graduating on time and getting a job in the real world other than working at McDonalds? Cool.

Blair Miss Project

April 28th, 2011
12:00 pm

Luke,

It is WONDERFUL that Scott Blair is graduating and getting a job in finance. If you honestly think I am “knocking” him, you are sorely mistaken.

I am making fun of your fanbase who LOVES to make the argument that Tech’s student-athletes are so above and beyond those of UGA or any other school for that matter.

Finance is a wonderful career to get involved in….. but it’s far from the engineering in which you claim all your athletes to be renowned with.

Blair Miss Project

April 28th, 2011
12:35 pm

<<<<< wide left <<<<<

UGA owns you tasty bees

April 28th, 2011
12:45 pm

“Tech prospects may go late” …. if at all… lol If ANY NFL team takes Blair (HORRIBLE KICKER) or Nesbitt (HORRIBLE QB) for anything other than a good laugh, I’ll be shocked..

UGA owns you tasty bees

April 28th, 2011
12:49 pm

Now if some team wants a fullback, or maybe a tight end strictly for blocking situations, they should consider Nesbitt. And also, if a team needs a kicker only for extra point attempts, well.. um.. nevermind. see two posts up. After this year, all currents tech players are gonna wish they could’ve left school early. They cold always transfer to Georgia State, not too far away, and looks like Bill Curry has that school going in the right direction. Hell, he already recruits better than Coach PB&J. Somebody get that guy a nutritionist

Blair Miss Project

April 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hear ye, Hear ye!!!

All future Georgia Tech quarterback prospects pay attention to the next few nights!!!!

You can go to Georgia Tech, be an absolute standout STAR, and never be heard from again in the football world!!!

Ignore the Tech fanbase!! They will try and tell you that you will leave school with an “engineering degree”, but we all know the truth behind that. Nesbitt didn’t even bother graduating, and you won;t either. And if you do it will be with one of those fancy FINANCE degrees the horrendous kicker of theirs has now!!

Nesbitt = non-graduate = non-drafted = future McDonald’s fry cooker = YOU, you future recruits!!!!

around town

April 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

Enter your comments here

reality

April 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

Let’s see…go to UGA with inferior academics…play with a bunch of criminals…play for a lower tier team in the SEC East…

OR go to GT….great academic institution with a great football tradition and compete for an ACC championship every year….Tough decision.

juvenal

April 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

the vast majority of Tech S-A’s have been, are, & will be, IM majors-that is the business school,as you are obviously ignorant of the facts(unless you just enjoy seeing your redundant, repetitive blathering on the screen)-no one has EVER claimed they take engineering! many Tech atheletes, IF they do the work,will go on to be successful in business-Paul Silas, Kim King, Taz Anderson, John Dewberry for example…but don’t let facts ruin your opinion…….

Engy

April 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

You mean the odds would be lower.

threetrone

April 28th, 2011
1:53 pm

Nez might have to end up playing in Canada like Perdoni did. His main talent was running. His first year passing to Thomas was good. Maybe he just needs some receiver on a pro team who is tall like Thomas, and with more talent than Steven Hill. Steven caught two or three last year downfield, but did not catch the majority of them, indicating butterfinger candy bars he had stuffed down the front of his pants that he undoubtedly munched on when on the sidelines.

Winnipeg, Canada

April 28th, 2011
3:29 pm

Nesbitt is way to good for the Canadian Football League.

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

April 28th, 2011
4:17 pm

OR go to GT….great academic institution with a great football tradition and compete for an ACC championship every year

LOL Compete for and ACC Chamiponship every year. I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

UGA won 90 games last decade. 7th most in the nation. Tech was nowhere near that.

Speaking of criminals. How is the criminal Matt Skole doing? Had any more DUI’s where he was so drunk he could have killed someone lately?

GT Jake-93'

April 28th, 2011
4:20 pm

All 3 of those guys should have come back for their senior seasons.

Any team that drafts Butler didn’t see what I saw last season— and that’s Dude getting torched for big plays and TD’s

Allen showed he was no where near the talent of Dwyer.

Rodney Dangerfield

April 28th, 2011
4:26 pm

“UGA won 90 games last decade. 7th most in the nation. Tech was nowhere near that.”

Too bad UGA couldn’t win the big one like FOUR of their SEC big brothers.

Old Blind Dawg

April 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

I assume all of the Chan Gailey recruits are now done. That being the case you techies best enjoy this years draft as it will likely be the last one where any GT players are even mentioned. But hey that Paul Johnson can really recruit………………….

2 field goals and a cloud of Bobo

April 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

UGA fans come on GT’s blog boasting

about a 6-7 team which lost it’s last game to George O’Leary.

Jack G

April 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Ken
The meaning of my comment was that CPJ’s option type football, just does not lend itself to the development of players to play in tne NFL. A few will make it reguardless, but not many, Most players want to play in a system that gives them a chance to play in the pros. CPJ’s high school football does not give the players a fair shot at developing pro type skills.

GO JACKETS

2 field goals and a cloud of Bobo

April 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

GT Jake-93′,

Anthony Allen was a senior, how can he come back?

ATL Sports Fan

April 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Nesbit, should have taken UGA’s offer to play safety. If he would have played defense he would be drafted. The kid was a great defensive player.

dawgs a dreamin

April 28th, 2011
5:05 pm

hear ye hear ye all great QB’s go to UGA !!!!!!!!!!!! They have such a track record for NFL QB’s!!!!! Heck i believe Vandy has them topped……

Old Blind Dawg

April 28th, 2011
5:27 pm

How many GT QB’s do you count as playing in the NFL”dreamin”? Heck how many players from GT are in the NFL?

The point is kids want a chance to continue playing after college. The GT offense doesn’t offer much if that is their goal.

Your leading rusher (Dwyer) piled up lots of yards running out of that H.S. offense and is a bust in the NFL. Don’t you think kids see the truth?

25

April 28th, 2011
5:40 pm

George Stein

April 28th, 2011
7:08 pm

I’d say Old Blind Dawg is a pretty apt name.

How you call a kid who went in the 6th round and has all of one year in the NFL a bust is beyond me. More importantly, though, is how you’d explain to a prospective recruit what happened to David Greene, DJ Shockley, Blake Barnes, Joe Tereshinski, Joe Cox, Dany Ware, Kregg Lumpkin, Thomas Davis, etc.

For an offense that doesn’t offer much of a chance at the NFL, I’d say it has acquitted itself quite well. But don’t let facts get in your way.

yellowfever

April 28th, 2011
8:19 pm

were uga and we still suck

J W

April 28th, 2011
9:14 pm

IMHO, based on nothing but a hunch: Tarrant will be first GT player drafted, 4th round and if lucky enough to land in good situation, he may have long, productive career. Butler, 5th or 6th round but will be a pleasant surprise for someone and reach star status in 2nd or 3rd year. Claytor: undrafted free agent but will have long, steady career. Jefferson: undrafted free agent will make impact on special teams and perhaps get chance to shime at LB in situational downs in year 3; may have 5 or 6 year pro career.

Old Blind Dawg

April 28th, 2011
10:58 pm

Hey George you missed my point – your leading rusher WAS a 6th rounder and while the jury is still out I say he will be a bust.

Speaking of points what was yours? UGA has put more players in the NFL than all but a few schools.

Which brings us back to the topic of talent – UGA has an abundance – GT has marginal talent. We aren’t talking about wins and losses but kids in the draft – UGA has several that will play – GT?

FullMetalJacket

April 28th, 2011
11:05 pm

I know this is the time of year to talk about the draft, but really, I just want a hard-playing team (emphasis on TEAM) to show up next year (unlike last year). I wish all the former Jackets well, and try to follow their careers, but I really don’t care if and when they get drafted. I care when they make a pro team and represent the university well in the national spotlight.

FullMetalJacket

April 28th, 2011
11:07 pm

Old Blind Dawg: you seem to be forgetful, too. Don’t worry, your owners will put you down soon enough….either that, or they’ll take you to the UGA Vet school for a check-up (that proved deadly enough for last year’s Uga).

MattMD

April 28th, 2011
11:11 pm

Does Georgia even have a rusher, period?

Nice job against UCF. How long have they been in I-A again?

MattMD

April 28th, 2011
11:13 pm

Hopefully Murray’s scabs have healed by now.

It’s a shame that little-girl-upperclassman-laden-O-Line couldn’t stop ole Nick.

MattMD

April 28th, 2011
11:16 pm

Georgia sack plan: When your QB keeps getting beat like a foster child, pull a bitch maneuver after the whistle rather than settling it on the field.

This is the Georgia MO.

Charlie Sheen

April 28th, 2011
11:23 pm

Why hasn’t Josh Nesbitt been drafted yet??

What is going on here!?!?

Truth hurts when your having fun

April 28th, 2011
11:30 pm

UCF = Top 25 football team before and after they beat UGA

Air Force = Service Academy before and after they beat Georgia Tech

Paul Has A Small Johnson

April 29th, 2011
3:00 am

Surprised more teams aren’t interested in players from Tech’s “highly explosive” option offense…given that no NFL teams have or ever run this. Only a complete idiot would go play fball at Tech.