Curran, Jones and the NFL draft

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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59 comments Add your comment

GeorgiaDawg972

January 4th, 2010
9:51 am

ChuyDawg

January 4th, 2010
9:59 am

Good luck to them both. Lets all support their decisions 100 percent.

Tech Man

January 4th, 2010
10:03 am

You’re punter and kicker might as well too

Kirby Smart

January 4th, 2010
10:08 am

Don’t go. I will need you guys next year

reservoirDAWG

January 4th, 2010
10:08 am

I hope Curran stays. Jones, either way.

bham dawg

January 4th, 2010
10:16 am

zach thomas was a short linebacker, he turned out pretty good

Blindog

January 4th, 2010
10:20 am

Both need to return,they need to hone their skills and get better.The NFL is no place to learn,you have to be ready.True Curran will not grow any taller,as good as he was, he sure missed a lot of crucial tackles,and his pass coverage is averge at best.but what do I know,I’m just a rabid fan! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Ginger

January 4th, 2010
10:32 am

hope they will make the right decision for them…would love for them to stay..we need their playmaking ability and leadership on D…….I can understand the need for money and to support their families……want them both to consider if they don’t make it in NFL and the value of degree & education from UGA….Curran is great linebacker, but will be a battle because of height..hard to cover huge tight ends etc…Sam Mills did it well in NFL though….Rashad has played well at times and other times has not played so great this yr. He needs to consider is he really ready and would another yr of college help him…I think it would……

Ginger

January 4th, 2010
10:33 am

Blindog..you make some good points…Curran did miss some crucial tackles–& his pass coverage is avg…..may very well help him to work with better defensive coaches at Ga. another yr

ghldawg

January 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Jones is a big hitter but average at best in pass coverage. (he did improve toward the end of the season) He needs one more year to say the least. Rennie, could survive in the NFL as a Special Teams guy and support his family on the league minimum. I don’t believe Jones will get drafted on the first day…but he also could probably make a squad as a ST guy.

Good Luck to both of them as they make this decision…I just wish we had a DC in place so that decision could be more informed. What about the DC at ECU, their “D” appeared pretty good!

fan

January 4th, 2010
10:37 am

blindog, how do you have 122 tackles and miss crucial tackles? double digit tackles in almost every game, I say he made a lot of crucial tackles, moron.

Paul's Johnson

January 4th, 2010
10:38 am

They’re GONE.

But since all Mutt recruits are 4 or 5 star studs, what are you all worried about?

fan

January 4th, 2010
10:38 am

there’s one that i can think of and that was against Ga Tech but he did have 15 that game.

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getthepicturenow

January 4th, 2010
10:51 am

I think Reshad Jones will be a Pro-Bowl NFL safety once he gets good coaching. We will be watching him on sundays and think, man, I don’t remember this?? thanks alot willie.

Will

January 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Willie Martinez has done such a poor job coaching with the NFL caliber player we have on every UGA team. Just look at what Paul Oliver and Dannell Elerbee have done as rookies in the NFL this year. R Jones and Curran will be no different. Both will have good NFL careers. Good luck guys, see ya at Toppers on your off-weeks.

Bryan G.

January 4th, 2010
11:09 am

I think both of them will leave and I wish them well.

That said, both of them need to work on their fundamentals and coverage. Curran takes bad angles at times and mises tackles. His coverage is below average for a guy who plays weakside and has responsibility for the backs.

Jones has great ball skills but gets lost some times in zone coverage. His man skills are pretty good. He needs work in wrapping up ball carriers (see 08 vs. Tech).

mgdawg

January 4th, 2010
11:10 am

I think it is probably smart for curran to leave. I’m not exactly sure, but I think he lead the SEC in tacks for a couple of years and would guess he’s right up there this year. As he said, his height won’t change, and I don’t think this is a very strong LB class. Not to mention that most people believe there will be a rookie salary cap next year that won’t only affect the top draft picks. I would love to see him stay at UGA, but I think the best decision for him would be to leave.

Jones I think would be served better to stay, other then if this rookie salary cap thing happens. From what I understand he has the prototypical size and speed, but other then the bowl game he hasn’t really done anything with it. I think he could really help out his draft status with another year, but I think he wants to go pro and doesn’t want to stay at UGA. If he continues to play how he has played throughout his career I don’t see this as a big loss for UGA. Rambo is coming back and I don’t know what year evans is, and UGA is bringing in one of the top JUCO safeties.

If I had to guess I would say there is about a 90% chance of Jones leaving and 10% chance of him staying. And I would guess that Curran is about 50/50. If UGA brings in a DC with an aggressive defense and a fairly big name I think Curran would stay.

AceDawg

January 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Guys – wait it out until we hire a new coordinator. Chances are you are going to like the new guy, and you can help forge a new defensive era at UGA. If you don’t like the new coordinator, then fine, I would also probably go to the NFL at that point. But really, the defense would be mature with you guys in the mix, and the offense will be loaded for whoever runs the QB position – sounds like SEC Championship material to me.

jake

January 4th, 2010
11:29 am

No comment on Curran, but Jones looked clueless most of the season. Can’t imagine him going any higher than the 5th round, and at that he’d have to go to a team that saw him as a project.

Blindog

January 4th, 2010
11:42 am

fan…as I said, he had a good year,but did you not see the GT game and the LSU game,Curran missed some key tackles,I love the guy but he needs to stay another yaer…idiot!

Happydawg

January 4th, 2010
11:46 am

The program is bigger than any 2 players. I wish them the best and thank them both for playing at UGA.

Jax Dawg

January 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

Tech Man. “Your” comment makes me think “you’re” an idiot.

Joe B.

January 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

Good luck!

Jones could be a 3rd rounder, Curran, probably 6th or UDFA.

I think Curran can make a roster through special teams. Jones has all the physical ability, but mentally has never been 100% at UGA. Perhaps some of that has to do with Martinez inability to coach DB’s and be the DC.

I don’t think UGA will miss either of them too much. As much as a purported leader as Rennie was, he had an incident during the season where he could not even be responsible enough to pay a ticket, then got suspended at the bowl.

Good luck to both.

Vick=Dog killing thug

January 4th, 2010
12:16 pm

What ever happened to finish the drill? How can getting your degree and showing the world that you start what you finish hurt either of these fine young men?

But then there is the money? But neither of them are a lock. Knowshon or Stafford, yes These two guys ??? Stay in school and experience the best your life will ever offer you.

cursive

January 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

Go ahead Curran… You’ve got more important considerations that the Bulldawg nation. I will root for you in the NFL!

haney

January 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

I think both are gone, the fact that classes start in 3 days, I think they will make a decision by that date-and the fact we have not hired a DC further leads me to believe they are gone. Both said they wanted the chance to meet with the new DC to see how they would fit in but it appears very unlikely Richt will have a new DC hired before the start of classes.

Rennie will make a roster and be a productive player-he is just a good football player with heart. He will contribute from day 1 and staying another year does him no good in being ready for the NFL, considering he also has a child to support. Reshad, he almost left last year, he had a better season this year than last, he has all the measurables the NFL loves-size, speed, hitting abililty, some natural ball instincts-I believe he will be a combine/workout monster and maybe move up to round 2 or 3. Rennie I would think could be 3rd or 4th round.

I wish both well and hope they have solid NFL careers. I have especially enjoyed watching Rennie play for 3 years and before that in HS.

BG

January 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

Tech Man, We didn’t need our kickers to whip techs butt. Our running backs did a good job of kicking techs a**.

superDawg

January 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

Regardless of their decision they will always be Ga. Bulldogs.Good luck and God bless.If you elect to stay Hunkerdown one more time for Larry.

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Jim

January 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

bob sanders for DC –

http://www.buffalobills.com/team/coaches/bob-sanders/e8cdd92a-b823-4a40-aed3-24d34069424e

9th YEAR IN NFL/1st YEAR WITH THE BILLS

COACHING EXPERIENCE: Joined the Bills coaching staff as the defensive line coach in late January of 2009, bringing 33 years of coaching experience with him…served on the Green Bay Packers staff for four seasons (2005-2008), the last three as defensive coordinator while coaching the DE’s in Green Bay in 2005…the Green and Gold defense led the NFL in 2008 with six INTs returned for TDs and tied for the NFC lead with 22 INTs…the Packers’ defense had a strong 2007 season, ranking third in the NFL in third-down defense…the 2006 Packer defense ranked first in the NFC with 46 sacks while earning a fifth-best overall defensive ranking in the NFC…upon taking the coordinator position, Sanders brought continuity to a defense that ranked seventh overall and first against the pass in 2005, up from 25th in both categories the previous season…under Sanders tutelage in 2005, Packers DE Aaron Kampman recorded a then-career-best 6.5 sacks and at the time the second-most tackles (105) by a Green Bay defensive lineman ever recorded…on the other side, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila posted a career-high 81 tackles in 2005…Sanders served as LB’s coach for four seasons (2001-04) for the Miami Dolphins. His individual tutoring helped Zach Thomas to three straight Pro Bowl selections (2001-2003) and, at the time, four of his top five single-season tackle totals…before joining the professional ranks, Sanders coached 22 years in the college game, including 15 seasons tutoring defensive linemen in some capacity…seven of those campaigns were at the University of Florida, where three of his pupils, Jevon Kearse, Kevin Carter and Huey Richardson, became first-round selections in the NFL Draft…the Gators led the SEC in sacks four straight seasons (1996-99) in Sanders 11 years with Florida (1990-2000)…he coached multiple defensive positions as the Gators captured five conference titles and the 1995 National Championship…prior to his time at Florida, Sanders spent five years at Duke…in his last season with the Blue Devils, 1989, the squad went 8-4 and won the school’s first ACC Championship since 1965…previously, Sanders had served at Richmond (1983-84), East Carolina (1980-82) and Georgia Tech (part-time coach, 1978)…he also coached three years (1976-77, 1979) in the high school ranks.
PERSONAL: A former defensive player at Davidson College (1973-75), Sanders graduated from the school in 1976 with a B.S. degree in political science…born in Jacksonville, N.C., he and his wife, Kathie, have two daughters, Lindsay and Sarah, and a son, Robby…in his spare time he enjoys fishing and playing golf.

TNT

January 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

i hope curran stays, jones will leave and we’ll put zander ogletree/rambo at FS and start alec ogletree at SS and we’re set.

Old Dawg

January 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

Tech Man: It’s you kicker and punter not “you’re.” Where in the hell did you go to school?

Old Dawg

January 4th, 2010
2:04 pm

sorry, your kicker etc. typo!

Joe B.

January 4th, 2010
2:06 pm

TNT…Bacarri Rambo and Jakar Hamilton will be the starting safeties next year, whether Jones returns or not.

Zander Ogletree will be a special teamer and Alec Ogletree will move to LB.

USMC DAWG

January 4th, 2010
3:21 pm

I love how Techies claim to be sooo superior academically. Yet the can’t figure out how to use your, and you’re.

HellsBells

January 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Isn’t “Tech Man” a misnomer anyway? Or an urban legend like Bigfoot?

exNFLplayer

January 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

haney, I bet you’re right about Reshad Jones.

Spike

January 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

I’m not sorry to see Jones go. Curran, on the other hand I would like to see stay. But I’m afraid NFL riches are calling. I can’t blame either one. Good Luck.

Denver Dog

January 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

If the go, good luck, God Bless, and thanks. If they stay, get ready for a great season, and have fun.

PirtDawg

January 4th, 2010
5:20 pm

I know im a little late on this blog, but to those saying Curran missed some crucial tackles, yall are crazy. did he miss some tackles? Yes. However he lead the SEC in tackles, thats right better than the eye-pokin Brandon Spikes. So yeah he missed some tackles but he cant be everywhere at once. with that said I hope he stays, but with him having a daughter to take care of I expect him to leave and I totally respect that. family first.

Johnny Test

January 4th, 2010
5:26 pm

I’d like to see them both stay but Curren is a way bigger loss than Reshad who never (except for maybe two games) played up to his potential. Frankly I don’t think he’ll make it in the pros.

Straw

January 4th, 2010
5:30 pm

Tech Man…Your misuse of grammer (You’re vs Your) is as laughable as your opinions. Glad to see that your GT education is being applied your public communications. Skip English class?

Troup Dawg

January 4th, 2010
5:41 pm

Guys, I think Doug Plank is a name out there that could give us exactly what we are looking for/needing on D. Played under Buddy Ryan and as an assistant coach to DB’s his style is aggressive, smash mouth D. As the HC for the Georgia Force, I think he did a very good job. So did Arthur Blank.

Straw

January 4th, 2010
5:58 pm

I’m old school, I know, but I consider all student athletes who depart a college or university prior to completing their four years of eligibity to be quitters and to have short-changed their institutions to whom they pledged their commitment. That applies to Bulldawgs I love, from Walker to Curran. We all live our lives according to obligations (car notes, marriage vows, mortgages, employment contracts) to which we are legally bound to honor. Why should it be different for student athletes? I understand that chemistry and history majors make grades while pleasing their professors and that linebackers and running backs make tackles and first downs while making millions for their universities, but in that difference lies the reasoning behind contracts whereby student athletes agree to fulfill the four-years of their lives and team participation on campus or face some level of financial penalty or compensation. Want to jump to the NFL after your junior year? Fine. Congrats. But a contract that compensates the college for the losses thereby incurred should be part of the student athlete agreement. And given the financial rewards that these players often enjoy upon early departure into professional athletics, a small percentage due back to their college would be an appropriate quid pro quo, both for what the institution provided and for what it failed to receive. Commitment and obligations (and penalties for departing from either) are part of adult life. And should be a part of a student athlete’s life and decisions.

Bill W.

January 4th, 2010
6:44 pm

They’re both gone. I’m not altogether sure UGA will miss them so much. There are a slew of LB’s nest season including the ‘10 class. Safeties are Rambo, Pugh, Shawn Williams, maybe Sanders Commings, of course newcomers Ogletree and Hamilton. The only question mark I have for the D (other than who will run it) is leadership for next year. Who will be the vocal leader of the defense? Houston, Dobbs, Gamble or Dent?

mgdawg

January 4th, 2010
9:18 pm

Straw: I understand your point of view, but I don’t agree with it. If you could have got your dream job with only thee years of college would you have done it. The reason you go to college is to get the best job possible with the best pay possible if you can do that in three years versus four more power to you. What if a player returns and gets hurt ruining his pro career, is the college going to compensate the player for the millions that he loses? Schools fire coaches still under contract, coaches leave that are still under contract. In the world of athletics, contracts mean very little.

Steve

January 4th, 2010
9:31 pm

No NFL in 2011 is a growing possibility, because of the collective bargaining agreement expiring – most everybody who can, will come out based on that uncertainty.

ThatGuy!

January 4th, 2010
10:56 pm

ESPN reports that Jones is gone and Curran most likely is as well.

Marc

January 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

I agree with Troup Dawg. Doug Plank has proven the ability to get young, relatively inexperienced guys going in the same direction when it comes to his time in the arena game, and with experience coaching at the NFL level both in Atlanta and New York, he can bring some valuabe perspective.

And that’s not even mentioning the monster aggressive scheme he would be bringing with him – the likes of which I don’t know has ever been seen in the college game.