The Dogs and the draft . . .

  Thought you might like to talk some NFL draft today. . . .

  Any questions about whether Matthew Stafford would be the No. 1 pick were answered at 11 p.m. Friday, when the UGA QB agreed to (very) lucrative terms with the Detroit Lions. So he’ll be the first Bulldog in 56 years to go No. 1.  And just the fourth Bulldog ever to go No. 1. And the highest-paid rookie in NFL history. I’d say his time in Athens proved quite rewarding, even without a championship.

   Here’s my latest story, written in the wee hours of the morning, on Stafford-to-Detroit

   OK, let’s move on.

   Stafford knows where he’s going, but  quite a few of his former Georgia teammates are eager to find out today and tomorrow.

   Next up will be tailback Knowshon Moreno.  The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter has Moreno going No. 31 to Arizona – the next-to-last pick of the first round – in his mock draft. Many other mocks have Moreno going No. 21 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly would please Moreno, who is from New Jersey. Moreno, by the way, has the same high-powered agents as Stafford, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra.

   Next:  receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. He’s seen as a possible second-round pick, perhaps to the in-need-of-receivers Chicago Bears at No. 49.

   Then: cornerback Asher Allen.  He surprised some people when, like Stafford and Moreno, he opted to leave school early for the NFL.  He hopes to go in the second round, although that might be a bit fast. There have been rumors the Falcons might be interested at some point.

   After Allen, it’ll be real interesting to see where DT Corvey Irvin  and LB Dannell Ellerbe go. Irvin had a strong senior season, on the field and as a locker-room leader. Ellerbe, slowed by a knee injury last season, has drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys, among others.

   And: We’ll be watching to see if FB  Brannan Southerland’s injury-curtailed senior season costs him a spot in the draft and if safety CJ Byrd  and/or others will be picked late.

   From start (Stafford) to finish, the draft should be interesting from a Georgia perspective.

 

 

 

95 comments Add your comment

SEC1

April 25th, 2009
3:19 pm

Good luck, Dawgs!

We wish you well in the NFL. Make us proud and never forget your roots!

Tim Tucker

April 25th, 2009
3:22 pm

Just received an e-mail with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s final mock draft. He has Knowshon going No. 16 to San Diego.

AltamahaDawg

April 25th, 2009
4:36 pm

So we are just supposed to sit around and wait for Tim to pay us a bootie call now?

over his head

April 25th, 2009
5:16 pm

He will get kill in the NFL! But again over paid over blowen!!

Cuz

April 25th, 2009
5:17 pm

First beat blog in over a week, don’t run it off. Yeah Tim, I know it is not your fault and you cannot do anything about it.

Dontgothere

April 25th, 2009
5:38 pm

The Lions once again prove why they are the worst franchise in the NFL. Burning money in Detroit if appropriate. The car industry made better decisions than this one. Stafford is not going to be a good NFL Qb.

Tim Tucker

April 25th, 2009
5:47 pm

Moreno went a lot higher in the real draft than in most mock drafts — No. 12 to Denver. Big day for the Bulldogs.

yellowblood

April 25th, 2009
5:53 pm

UGAG may have more draft choices but we have more Tickle Piles!!! THWG!!!!

scott

April 25th, 2009
5:54 pm

wow. i have to agree with dontgothere. I dont think Staff is worth that kind of money either. and a little surprised at Moreno going 12 too . . .but i like that pick better than Staff at 1.

stendec

April 25th, 2009
6:01 pm

Lions and desperate fans (Yankee scum every one) expect Stafford to produce like Ryan and that other rookie QB did in 2008. Will not happen! Stafford does not possess leadership qualities or physical/mental toughness required. If he starts he will not last out the season without an injury. Rushed passes while he runs for his life will be off target while perfect aerials during scarce seconds of adequate protection will be dropped. Why? Because Lions are anti-Red Wings. Always have been. Always will be. The Falcons have sucked for decades but, thankfully, never pitched an oh-fer (winless season). A dubious mark which CAN ONLY be matched NEVER surpassed (if that is correct word to utilize here). Complete and utter failure is its own reward. Much like revenge being a dish best served cold. BTW – I am a DIEHARD Dawg fan! Moreno will fare well in Denver.

Judge Smales

April 25th, 2009
6:32 pm

tickle piles will now be seen in detroit and denver

TommyP

April 25th, 2009
6:35 pm

WTF?

This blog should’ve been in the AM.

Tim…you post at 5AM usually. What happened?

Vols Rule

April 25th, 2009
6:46 pm

Stafford will fall into the #1 Pick Graveyard. He will mostly suck, and the Lions will continue to suck. You have to give credit to Eli Manning’s father for getting his son out of the #1 Pick Graveyard. Many didn’t like what the Mannings did. But they made one of the best bargaining moves in NFL history to keep Eli alive and well. And he has a Super Bowl ring to show for it. Matthew Stafford will be forgotten in about a week and most will forget about him, and the Lions.

athensdawg

April 25th, 2009
6:59 pm

well thank god it is over. now we can turn our attention to uga baseball and counting down the days until kickoff.

Stafford is a self centered person who is not a leader. anyone who doubts this needs to watch how well he rallied “his team” this year.
Had a chance to redeem himself and he exits stage right. He doesn’t need the money (his parents are well off,) and all his “pro friends,” including the mannings and troy aikman were telling him to finish school.

a great football player can take control of a game and single handedly elevate his team to victory….especially when the team is not playing well. tebow, walker, montana, and both the mannings were/are examples of that….in college….stafford? the only thing he ever hoisted to a higher level at uga was the beer keg at talladega.

as they say in texas…he’s all hat, but no cattle.

HH

April 25th, 2009
7:08 pm

Congratulations to Staford for the very lucrative contract and for being drafted No.1. Congratulations to Moreno as well. I hope Stafford has an excellent NFL career and thereby makes Richt and Bozo look like fools for not doing a better job of mentoring/coaching him up. I still conjecture that one of the main reasons he left, in addition to the big money he was sure to get, was: why would he want to waste another year in Athens hanging around those two, when, in all probability, he may well be coached by someone who can really do him some good.

As an aside, I predict Tebo will be a third rounder, if he is lucky, and end up playing tight end.

Army Vet

April 25th, 2009
7:10 pm

I’m sure Stafford really cares what all the “dawg fans” think. He’s laughing all the way to the bank. He might be self centered…but he’s rich now. I’m sure all of you “know it all fans” would have taken the money also.

FRED

April 25th, 2009
7:14 pm

DID ANY TECH PLAYERS GO IN THE FIRST ROUND?

BigMike

April 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

MIRROW,MIRROW ON THE WALL WHO HAD NO ONE IN THE FIRST ROUND AT ALL? WHY IT WAS THE YELLOW FLEAS, NOW KNOWN AS THE HUMBLE BEES!

ProfOnTheRun

April 25th, 2009
7:51 pm

and did those 1st rounders beat the jackets this year? be glad that they left your little program because both were self centered, egotistical chumps. 45-42 suck that fred and mike.

Reality

April 25th, 2009
8:13 pm

Easy on the Tech/UGA fighting…..as a GT fan, I hope Stafford and Calvin Johnson put up big numbers together in Detroit….neither can do it without the other

BigMike

April 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

ProfOnTheRun, Like so many of you weak Techies, you hold on to 45-42, but are afraid to admit for 7 years, let me say that again, 7 years we beat y’all like step-children. Enjoy that 1 year, because I don’t forsee it happening 2 years straight. Hey some body got to carry that New Gucci Luggage through the airport. Do you want to take it to Denver, or Detroit. I always did enjoy a good set of double D’s,you want to join the party, or do you want to stay on North Ave and get to Chili Dogs, and a fried yellow jacket pie. P.S. don’t forget, seven is bigger than one.Oh, one more thing, A UGA man will determine if a Tech man gets a raise by how many catches he has.

THE DUKE

April 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

Hey Stafford. Get to love Georgia Tech because Calvin Johnson will make it or break it for you. GO Jackets!!!

Chuck Uga

April 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

Anyone who thinks Stafford isn’t good enough for the NFL should follow a different sport. You are too damn stupid to follow football.

Chuck Uga

April 25th, 2009
9:22 pm

Well, well, There’s VolsRule, Mr. Inaccurate. Eli Manning turned down San Diego, not the Lions moron! Please go do some research before spouting your hate-filled posts about UGA and their players. Good grief. Get on the Lane Train!

We take all rejects and turn away Fulmer’s favorites!! What a huge mess.

Chuck UGAY is a moron

April 25th, 2009
9:23 pm

Ohhhhhhh he from Georgia, that says alot.

Cuz

April 25th, 2009
9:25 pm

And anyone who thinks that Calvin and Matt aren’t estatic is smoking the good stuff. Both will flourish off the other.

Chuck Uga

April 25th, 2009
9:25 pm

Stendec, disagree with your leadership assessment of Stafford. He will do well. Problem is definitely lack of protection in Detroit, but no one will expect him to be Pro Bowl his first year anyway.

Cuz

April 25th, 2009
9:28 pm

Prof, there are three dead people and you think your name is funny. You are one sick dude.

ProffOnTheRun

April 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

BigMike (LittleBrain), just keep living in the past. Thats fine by us even though it’s a lame excuse. You’re all predictable. Maybe you can win the something against Tech this year. We whipped you on the field and you can’t stand it, can you?

Yellow is the color of cowards

April 25th, 2009
10:09 pm

No Jackals got picked…I guess Michael Johnson should’ve come out last year.

Moreno was a suprise going so high to Denver…they never pick RBs that high.

The draft is always a crapshoot. What were the Raiders thinking???

BigMike

April 25th, 2009
10:50 pm

ProffOnTheRun,(RunFromTheCops)Obviously you guys are living in the past, it was November that the game was played, and like so many yellow maggot fans, your only response is 45-42. I think you maggots were just glad you weren’t going to the blue field bowl again, and beating Georgia has become your obsession. Well the ugly girl even gets laid sometimes, but nobody beleives it’s true, point being, this was just luck, and only luck. We are the DAWGS, and you guys are hanger on’s. Tell Paul(pizza)Johnson, don’t get comfortable, and let your I BEAT UGA RINGS, be enjoyed. This is going to be a humiliation this year that you guys never forget.We going to beat you like who? I think who rhymes with LSU.p.s. the same day we have 3 guys go in the top 50, the World Champions give Hines Ward a new 4 year contract. It must pay good to go to UGA. To celebrate, we have decided to buy the whole campus chili dogs, just swipe my debit card. We can afford it.

Larry

April 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

Prof on the run
Your name demonstrates how classless you really are. One of the victims was the husband of a professor that I had at UGA. She was an incredibly nice woman who dearly loved her husband, and you find it to be “intelligent” to some how mock that her husband is now dead. Hence, anything you try to claim on this blog is completely undermined by your complete lack of intelligence. Great job at being an idiot.

Beauregard

April 25th, 2009
11:23 pm

Hey athensdawg, UGA baseball just lost to Jacksonville State. What made it worse was the Dawgs trash talk in the 1st inning that they couldn’t back up. They actually got waxed pretty good by a team from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Robster

April 25th, 2009
11:35 pm

If this double posts, then I apologize to the blog.

Here’s what I want to say:
Army Vet,

I love UGA but would have happily taken the $$$$$! Ain’t that why you go to college? ‘Scuse my poor grammar.
All kidding aside, thanks for serving our country!

GC498

April 25th, 2009
11:48 pm

Dawgs lost to J-Ville St in baseball? Nobody cares. Jackets lose to Jacksonville St in CFB= Thank you BP+ Shut up beauregard.

BobDog

April 26th, 2009
12:12 am

Stafford will do fine in Detroit. He has three years’ experience playing behind weak offensive lines. He should be well-prepared for it.

I can’t believe all of these people who are so bitter and are turning on Matt and Knowshon because they chose to leave early. #1 and #12. Looks like pretty well thought out decisions.

And congratulations to Massaquoi for being selected in the 2nd round. It was a good day for the Dogs.

If you’re a high school QB, where will you want to go? To Georgia and work in a pro-style offense and enhance your NFL quarterback chances or go to Florida and learn to be a system quarterback to enhance your NFL linebacker/tight end/fullback (pick one) chances?

Chuck Uga

April 26th, 2009
12:16 am

Baseball is a great sport that affords smaller teams the opportunity to make the NCAA playoffs just like hoops. Tech beat Wofford or some other tiny school 10-7 last year, so why are they bringing up a baseball game? UGA leads the SEC record-wise and sends a lot of teams the college world series every year. Just like football, the SEC is tops in baseball as well. Fact is, Tech fans for the most part are immature. I know a lot of good friends who went to Tech and are great fans, but there are simply too many boys in a man’s body that run off at the mouth. Why don’t you boys come post on a UGA story when your team has run off two seven-game win streaks the past twenty games. Fact is, it will NEVER happen.

macrotech

April 26th, 2009
12:56 am

BigMike, the ‘past’ that you’re referring to (The most recent game between the Jackets and the dawgs), has earned Tech fans the right to brag until the two teams meet again). Prof on the run, I’ve got to agree with the sentiments of some of these dawg fans…not cool! Chuck Uga, the immaturity resides on BOTH sides of the blogs….THAT’S a fact. Stafford AND Calvin should make for a great success story. Moreno, has been a good back for the dawgs….should do ok in the nfl….time will tell; not all this jibberish. GO TECH!!!

asdf

April 26th, 2009
1:49 am

ProffOnTheRun, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

Bama Dawg

April 26th, 2009
2:29 am

Hey athensdawg, are you just jelous or what? I’m sure you would do the right thing and turn down $41 million. Can’t wait for you to be our starting qurterback since you are obviously much better and would do us proud. Or, are your parents just rich and you don’t need the money?

Why don’t you and dontgothere go cheer for the vowels, along with Vols Rule (the celler) and stendec?

Baba O'Riley

April 26th, 2009
6:53 am

Big Mike- “MIRROW, MIRROW on the wall”. Are you kidding?????????/

urban legend

April 26th, 2009
8:15 am

yep BigMike, MIRROW….ah, its just too easy. Bulldawg born & bred, etc.

do they make bumper stickers for preseason championships, top rated recruiting classes, or top draft picks? i’m just asking, as we normally stick to national title recognition for ours.

bank walker

April 26th, 2009
8:34 am

To all the haters: Staff and Moreno are making more than any of you will ever see! Also, there were tons of recruits that watched two Dawgs go #1 and # 12, sweet! GO DAWGS!!

staff fan now

April 26th, 2009
8:40 am

All that top three talent ….and still could not beat Tech!

Must be a deficiency somewhere…coaching?

Staff to Johnson should be routine soon.

Richard Head, dawg fan

April 26th, 2009
8:44 am

Dawgfans = all bark – no bite

G8TR

April 26th, 2009
8:47 am

Just like Spurrier used to say about the Dogs: They recruit the best, then something happens to them at UGA on Saturdays. Sure, you can be proud of their NFL draft status but the truth is that Moreno and Stafford leave zero legacy of championships for their program. Richt = Goff/Donnan + A Couple of Titles When the Competition was Down. If Richt couldn’t coach ‘em up with this backfield, when will he ever? Back to reality, Dogs. You’re always gonna be jockeying for that No. 2 slot in the SEC East.

bill cleary

April 26th, 2009
9:13 am

glad that the 2 puppies hit the big time in the draft, but they didn’t do squat for uga…except leave with no championships.

Pago Flyer

April 26th, 2009
9:18 am

We agree with you people, all this talent the DAWGS had and still we can’t beat fl and gt, sad.

Reality

April 26th, 2009
10:13 am

the UGA trash talk is amazing…..I guess by the logic that UGA rules because Stafford went number 1 in the draft would make the ACC better than the SEC since 4 of the top 10 came from the ACC (only 3 from the SEC)

Pago Flyer

April 26th, 2009
10:39 am

“reality”(?)…it’s not trash talking, it’s what we call “truth talking”.