An excited Curran says ‘my heart skipped a beat’ when drafted by Titans (UPDATED)

(11:20 A.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins in the fourth round Saturday morning. He was the 120th pick of the NFL draft — and just the second from Georgia. Atkins said he went about where he expected to go in the draft — late third or fourth round — but that he was surprised to be chosen by the Bengals because they had not worked him out or interviewed him.)

(1:25 P.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: The Miami Dolphins drafted Georgia safety Reshad Jones late in the fifth round. Jones was the 163rd pick of the draft, the third from UGA.  Jones was drafted later than projected — he had expected to go in the second or third round — but it wasn’t a surprise the Dolphins picked him. They had brought him to Miami for a workout and interview a month or so ago. The Dolphins moved up in the draft to get Jones, trading sixth- and seventh-round picks to the Washington Redskins.)

(4:40 P.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: Finally, Jeff Owens has been drafted. The former UGA defensive tackle was taken late in the seventh — and final — round by the Philadelphia Eagles, the 243rd pick of the draft. Analysts had been all over the map with projections of his draft stock, forecasting him to go anywhere from the second round to the seventh.)

(4:50 P.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: Now Georgia’s top three defensive tackles from last season have all been drafted. Kade Weston was taken by the New England Patriots as the draft wound down, the 248th pick.)

Ninety-seven picks into the NFL draft, a player from the University of Georgia finally was selected late Friday night: linebacker Rennie Curran by the Tennnessee Titans.

The Titans took Curran, Georgia’s most valuable player and the SEC’s leading tackler last season, with the next-to-last choice of the third round, a compensatory pick.

Curran, watching the draft with family and friends at his Snellville home, was informed of  his NFL destination in a  phone call from Titans coach Jeff Fisher a few minutes after 10 p.m.

“That was the best call of my life, the best sound,” Curran said an hour or so later. “Just picking up the phone call, my heart skipped a beat.”

The selection of Curran came just as it appeared Georgia might not have a player chosen in the first two nights of the draft. Rounds four through seven will be held Saturday, with several other Georgia players, including defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens and safety Reshad Jones, expecting to be selected.

Curran bypassed his senior season at UGA to enter the draft one year early.  He clearly considered his decision validated by Tennessee choosing him in Round 3.

“I’m just so excited,” Curran said on a conference call. “I’m so grateful.”

Although Curran often was described as a “tackling machine” at Georgia, where he had 130 tackles last season and 298 in the past three seasons, forecasts of his draft stock had been mixed, mainly because of concerns about his height (5-10 1/2). Many recent projections had him going in the fourth or fifth round. But the Titans had been mentioned as a team whose defensive system and needs could be a good match for Curran.

“They are a very aggressive defense, and I feel like I am going to fit perfectly with their defensive scheme,” Curran said.   “I’m just glad a team took a chance on me, and they will not regret [it]. I am looking to make an impact.”

Fisher and Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, in a late-night news conference shown on the team’s website, said they believe Curran will overcome his height disadvantage in the NFL just as he did in the SEC.

“He’s kind of unique in that even though he doesn’t have the ideal height, he’s a long strider,  so he covers a lot of ground,” Fisher said.

Said Reinfeldt: “He plays very fast, very active. He kind of fits the mold of what we look for in a linebacker.”

Reinfeldt said the Titans were impressed not only by Curran’s play at Georgia, but by their recent visit with him in Nashville. “We had the kid in. We interviewed him. He was a great kid,” Reinfeldt said. “It was all positive.”

One of Curran’s new teammates will be former Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan, selected by the Titans with the 16th pick of the first round Thursday night.

Compensatory picks, such as the one Tennessee used to select Curran, are tied to a team’s losses in free agency.

Twenty-one players were drafted from SEC teams the past two nights before Curran became the first to be taken from Georgia.

In last year’s draft, the Bulldogs had two of the first 12 picks, No. 1 Matthew Stafford and No. 12 Knowshon Moreno, and had five players chosen in the first three rounds.

Links to today’s other UGA football news:

Richt: Aaron Murray reminds me of Heisman runnerup Weldon.

Murray: First day on campus as No. 1 quarterback is ‘pretty cool.’

Full post-spring depth chart.

150 comments Add your comment

Orange Colored Glasses

April 23rd, 2010
10:28 pm

How bad is your team when your first player drafted is a supplemental pick at the end of the 3rd round???? Can I get a big “UGA Sucks”?….LMAO!!!!

11Dawg

April 23rd, 2010
10:30 pm

That just means all our talent is staying.

Stinger

April 23rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Amen brother, UGA sucks the big one. LMAO. Curran is a midget and will never make it in the NFL. If I saw him get run over once, I saw him get run over 1000 times. His head is still spinning where Dryer ran over him.

Stinger

April 23rd, 2010
10:33 pm

Your talent has no choice. It is either stay and play @ UGAY or go to jail.

Mike

April 23rd, 2010
10:34 pm

Georgia since 2000 has led all SEC schools in players that got drafted by the NFL with a total of 57 players drafted in the NFL

Welcome #58 Curran.

http://www.mrsec.com/story/the-sec-in-the-nfl-draft

TECHblows

April 23rd, 2010
10:36 pm

Dwyer? You mean when he went for 33 yards in a 30-24 loss?

P. Bull Terrier

April 23rd, 2010
10:36 pm

Five years from now people are going to look back on the Curran pick at #97 as one of the steals of the draft. Not to be negative about Weatherspoon, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Curran ends up being the more productive player of the two.

Gil

April 23rd, 2010
10:36 pm

Overall, Georgia’s been the best in the SEC.

Georgia has more 1st round NFL Draft picks in the last decade than any team in the SEC:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/10305/sec-first-rounders-the-last-decade

Mike

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 pm

Curran led the SEC in tackles, tough little guy.

"All things Georgia"

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 pm

Congrats to Rennie, a class act and a hell of a football player. He’s got a great motor and will do very well in the Titians 4-3 scheme.

Not Disappointed!

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 pm

Good luck to Curran. I personally like him as a football player!

Ramblin Wreck!

Snoop

April 23rd, 2010
10:40 pm

At least we won’t have to watch Curran hi fivin’ after giving up 10 yards on late tackles or stupid penalties.

TECHblows

April 23rd, 2010
10:40 pm

We beat you. 8 out of 9.

Stinger

April 23rd, 2010
10:41 pm

No, when he went for 60 yds. in a 45-42 win !!!

TECHblows

April 23rd, 2010
10:42 pm

jim

April 23rd, 2010
10:45 pm

tech sux pinchas

Dawgforlife

April 23rd, 2010
10:48 pm

hey stinger…it seems I will not have to sing the tech fight song…Dwyer still sitting there not drafted in the 1st after all…looks like I was right…PJ fattened him up and cost the 12th rated player in the nation coming out of high school MILLIONS of dollars…and as for our talent being 3rd round…I believe it was last year when we had no \\1 and no 12 in the first round…let me see, I believe both your firsts this year were outside of 15….wonder where AJ Green will go next year…who ya’ll got going in round one 2011?

"All things Georgia"

April 23rd, 2010
10:49 pm

D. Morgan and R. Curran representing the good old state of Georgia. Rivals in college who now get to blow-up opponents as defensive teammates for the titans. I feel sorry for opposing quarterbacks and running backs.

TECHblows

April 23rd, 2010
10:50 pm

Tech has nothing going in the first round next year. High school stars will go there to waste away and try to win a championship in the weakest of the BCS conferences there are. WEAK.

TECHblows

April 23rd, 2010
10:50 pm

and then follow that up with a loss in the bowl game, b/c any real defense with more than a week to prepare for that GIMICK offense shuts it down. See the last two bowl results.

athdog

April 23rd, 2010
10:51 pm

Stinger, I don’t know of a kind way to say this, try as I might to find a little tact, but the fact is you are an idiot. You saw him get run over 1000 times? You need to realize that what happens on X-Box is not real, you cornhole.

technosexual

April 23rd, 2010
10:53 pm

Stinger,

Who is this Dryer you speak of?

technosexual

April 23rd, 2010
10:55 pm

has anybody seen my retainer?

P. Bull Terrier

April 23rd, 2010
10:56 pm

Snoop, don’t let the facts stand in the way of a dumb comment. UGA was penalized too many times for late hits in the last few years, but Curran wasn’t one of the ones drawing the flags. Besides, if you’d ever watched a UGA football game, you would know that late hits are a 15 yard penalty.

shotgunplanet

April 23rd, 2010
10:57 pm

What a display of hubris… Rennie would knock you and anyone on YOUR team into next week… line up against him and then bloviate, stunger… rose(orange) colored glasses…

FFMS is proud of Rennie

April 23rd, 2010
11:07 pm

Yeah for Rennie! A great kid…doing great things! He’s going to show all you haters just how great he is!!!!

athens inbred institute of outhouses

April 23rd, 2010
11:09 pm

Nesbitt will be drafted next year whether you inbreds like it or not

To Hell with Georgia

April 23rd, 2010
11:09 pm

Another bust from THUGA!!

GT Alum

April 23rd, 2010
11:10 pm

Congrats to Rennie Curran! As a GT fan, I always hated him because he made almost every tackle and some nice ones at that. I will also enjoy watching him play alongside Derrick Morgan in Tennessee. Those 2 have non-stop motors and should be fun to watch at the next level. Who’da thunk??

To Hell with Georgia

April 23rd, 2010
11:11 pm

THUGA NO FIRST ROUND DRAFTS!! YEAH GEORGIA SUCKS !

Junkyard Blonde

April 23rd, 2010
11:14 pm

Hey Snoop and Stinger- What time is band practice? I am a girl and know more about football than you two.

bkbroila4224

April 23rd, 2010
11:16 pm

That’s hilarious….Yes, Techies…You guys had 4 or 5 drafted before UGA’s 1st…and that class beat yours 3/4 games…and who can’t utilize their talent???

GT Alum

April 23rd, 2010
11:17 pm

Some of the Tech fans in here need to really get a life and show Curran some respect. And surely there are some Georgia fans out there that would agree that its strange that Dwyer is still undrafted. He went from being the possible 1st but sure thing 2nd rounder to not even being mentioned on day 2 of the draft.

SamoanDawg

April 23rd, 2010
11:21 pm

Congrats Rennie! I know you’ll do well in the pro. Looking forward to see many of your highlights knocking ppl heads off and prove some of these dumb ass wrong.

I hate Gators, but I hope Tebow prove’em experts wrong.

I hate Tech, but I’m a Bebe Thomas fan. Looking forward to see him develop too. Along with Decker from Minnesota.

Go Murray, Sic’em!

foxandcoon

April 23rd, 2010
11:26 pm

My mama told me that if I couldn’t say anything good about someone not to say anything. So this is what I will say about Tech…” “.

Gen Neyland

April 23rd, 2010
11:34 pm

Congrats Rennie Curran…

BigDawg

April 23rd, 2010
11:37 pm

Hey Techie Losers, here’s what you wanna see again! Normalcy restored!! At least your QB didn’t throw it out of bounds on his last play of the game. hahahahhaha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXFouJ-UWLQ

BigDawg

April 23rd, 2010
11:39 pm

Drop it like it’s hot! Go Bay Bay or whatever!!

Joe Cox

April 23rd, 2010
11:52 pm

Wow…I just woke up from an alcohol induced coma. Can someone tell me if I have been drafted yet?

Delbert D.

April 23rd, 2010
11:58 pm

Weatherspoon too short at 6′ 1-3/4″? Curran is 5′ 10-1/2.

Reality

April 24th, 2010
12:02 am

Facts (things that make you go hummmmmmm):

1. Curran was uga’s most valuable player last year. He was known as the “tackling machine.”

2. Curran was the SEC’s player with the most tackles last year.

3. Curran was taken during the supplemental draft after 3rd round.

4. Three GA Tech players were taken ahead of Curran.

5. UGA regularly has top 10 recruiting classes. GA Tech’s recruiting classes are usually top 50.

So, what do these facts lead YOU to conclude? Which school coaches will coach players up? Which school coaches players down?

You be the judge.

College Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder

April 24th, 2010
12:16 am

Stinger,

Has anyone ever told you that your written grammar is horrible? I sure hope that you’re a Georgia Tech fan and not a Tech graduate. If you are a graduate, you’re truly embarrassing a fine institution. I bet you have a difficult time verbally communicating with others as well. Based on the numerous comments you’ve made on the Atlanta Journal and Constitution UGA Sports website, it appears that you have issues with properly articulating or expressing yourself without the use of derogatory language. You’re a bitter individual that’s for certain. Anyway, I’m finished wasting time on you as it appears that you’re a lost cause. I bet you didn’t even have a date tonight and I sure as heck know that you’re not married. It’s sad to think that you didn’t have anything better to do on a Friday night other than to bash the University of Georgia. Anyway, my wife and I wish you the best and we hope that you find a woman soon. Take care and good luck to your Yellow Jackets this next football season.

Oh, and GO DAWGS!

Dawgforlife

April 24th, 2010
12:20 am

Reality….tech 9 first round draft picks since the draft started in 1937…UGA 13 in the last 12 years…UGA no 1 and no 12 last year tech no first rounders…UGA 60-39 all time…8 of last 9…23-7 in the Dooley/Richt eras…AJ Green top 5 pick next year…tech no one on the radar…one year where tech has players drafted earlier does not make it reality..since the draft began…UGA has had almost 100 more players drafted…you be the judge

Dawgforlife

April 24th, 2010
12:23 am

athens inbreds…yes I am sure Nesbitt will be drafted…in the 6th round as a wide receiver…but, because of PJ’s obsolete offense, he has no hope of ever playing quarterback in the NFL…you guys won’t have anybody sniff the 3rd round next year….and btw the folks being drafted this year are Gailey’s players

Dawgforlife

April 24th, 2010
12:30 am

GT ALUM….thank for your respecful post…I mean after all this is supposed to be congradulating a young man on making it to the NFL…Dwyer is a special case in my opinion. While it is true the option offense can win football games against collegiate level competition, having Dwyer gain a bunch of weight to be able to play fullback I believe was a mistake. In my opinion, he was one of the top tailback prospects in the country coming out of high school; however, the extra weight slowed his 40 time and made him look sluggish at the combine. I think being a team player at Tech has cost him millions of dollars…which is a shame because I honestly believe he is a quality young man.

GO DAWGS

April 24th, 2010
1:03 am

Rennie will be a great NFL player,he plays with will and heart he reminds me of Jessie Tuggle.Congrats Rennie you will shine for the Titans!!! GO DAWGS 30-24 UGA rules the nerd school from the flats.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

April 24th, 2010
1:09 am

Stinger – you don’t even know how to spell the name of your own player – it’s not Dryewr – it’s Dwyer and you are full of it.. When Rennie hits his man he goes down like he hit a brick wall …. including that slow, chubby Dwyer.

GT3O

April 24th, 2010
2:10 am

Curran will get stepped on! BWAHAHAHA! That midget is going to get pancacked by the opposing QB! Too damn funny! It’ll be the first DB to pancacked by a QB! Ever!

HAHAHAHAHAH! The dawgs suck. First pick in the 3rd round. Pathetic.

kauai dawg

April 24th, 2010
3:01 am

Congrats Mr Curran. Glad you stayed close to home even thought its big orange country. go DAWGS!

30-24

Damon Evans

April 24th, 2010
4:54 am

Hey…its ok to draft our guys…they are all…well most of them are out of jail. Way to go Rennie… Morgan will teach you alot. He went to a good school. Go Jackets….oops…I mean Dawgs