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.