In last year’s NFL draft, two players from the University of Georgia were chosen in the first dozen picks, Matthew Stafford No. 1 and Knowshon Moreno No. 12. You’ll have to wait a lot longer for a UGA player to be drafted this year.
And when the first player from Georgia’s 2009 team is taken – no sooner than the second round and possibly as late as the fourth, the experts tell us –- who will it be?
I perused a sampling of five mock drafts/prospect boards Monday — all subject to change, of course — and found three different players projected as the first pick from UGA in this year’s draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday:
The former Georgia player whose stock fluctuates the most in the mock drafts is Owens. While projected to go early in the second round by Sporting News’ Russ Lande, Owens is seen as a fifth rounder by CBS Sports.com and projected as a seventh rounder on ESPN’s Todd McShay’s prospects board.
You’ve probably noticed the name missing so far: linebacker Rennie Curran, Georgia’s MVP last season.
Sporting News has Curran going in the third round, No. 83 overall, to . . . the Falcons! Kiper says Curran will go in the range of fourth or fifth round. McShay lists him as a fourth rounder.
So who do you think will be the first Dog drafted?