Don’t be surprised if linebacker Rennie Currran and safety Reshad Jones –- both juniors — announce their decisions regarding the NFL draft in the next few days.
Spring-semester classes start at Georgia on Thursday, and underclassmen considering the draft, especially those entering the draft, generally like to make their decisions known before that point. Indeed, even though the NFL deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft is Jan. 15, Curran said last week that Jan. 7 –- the start of classes –- would be a factor in his timetable. He said he’d meet first with his family and then with coach Mark Richt.
“I’ve . . . basically just talked to [Curran and Jones] about having a chance to sit down together – just trying to iron those things out,” Richt said late last week.
Curran and Jones haven’t said what their decisions will be, but many around the program have felt for some time that they’re headed to the draft. In Curran’s case, the reasons include finances (he has a 1-year-old daughter) and his recognition that the biggest knock against his NFL potential (his height) won’t change with another year of school. In Jones’ case, he almost entered the draft last year as a third-year sophomore and, when he decided at the last minute to remain in school, suggested 2009 would probably be his last year at UGA.
Curran also noted last week that another advantage of an early decision is to begin training for the draft.
Richt said he doesn’t believe any UGA players other than Curran and Jones are seriously considering entering the 2010 draft.
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