Dogs in the draft: Five players picked, including three defensive tackles

Five former Georgia players were selected in the NFL draft the past two days, including the top three defensive tackles on last season’s team.

The tackle trio was picked on Saturday: Geno Atkins in the fourth round by Cincinnati and Jeff Owens and Kade Weston in the seventh round by Philadelphia and New England, respectively.

They joined former teammates Rennie Curran, the linebacker chosen by Tennessee late in the third round Friday night, and Reshad Jones, the safety selected by Miami in the fifth round Saturday, as Georgia’s draft class.

The Bulldogs wound up with the 97th (Curran), 120th (Atkins), 163rd (Jones), 243rd (Owens) and 248th (Weston) picks of the draft. Jones was selected a bit lower than expected and Owens much lower than some projections.

Entering the seven-round draft, there was no consensus on who would be the first player picked from Georgia. That turned out to be Curran, who was watching the draft with family and friends at his Snellville home when he got a phone call from Titans coach Jeff Fisher late Friday night.

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

Curran bypassed his senior season at UGA to enter the draft, and after hearing questions about his height (5-10 ½) for months, he considered his decision validated by the Titans choosing him in Round 3.

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

After Curran, the next selection from Georgia was Atkins, who said he went in the round he expected (fourth). He did not expect, however, to be selected by the Bengals.

“They didn’t work me out or anything,” Atkins said. “It was kind of a surprise, really.”

Jones, on the other hand, was less surprised by the team that picked him (Miami) than by the round (fifth). The Atlanta native, who left school early for the draft, had expected to go in the second or third round.

In need of immediate help at safety, the Dolphins brought Jones to Miami for a workout and interview last month. When he was still available late in the fifth round, they traded sixth- and seventh-round picks to Washington in order to grab him.

“It’s been kind of crazy over the last couple of days,” Jones said on the Dolphins’ website.  “But I think it worked out for the best.”

For Owens, the draft was agonizing. Analysts had fluctuated wildly in their projections, forecasting him to go anywhere from the second round to the seventh. By early Saturday afternoon, Owens posted on Twitter: “Now in the fifth round still waiting on a phone call. Going into camp with a chip on my shoulder.”

Several hours later, he was selected 12 spots from the end of the draft by Philadelphia.

“I finally found my home,” Owens then tweeted. “Motown Philly here I come!!!!”

Five picks later, New England’s selection of Weston completed Georgia’s draft delegation.

“Congratulations to everyone that was drafted,” Atkins typed on Twitter.  “We did it. We’re in the NFL!!!”

Postscript: Former Georgia wide receiver Mike Moore announced on Twitter Saturday night that he will sign with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent.  Two other undrafted players from Georgia  also agreed to sign with NFL teams as free agents: safety Bryan Evans with Cincinnati and cornerback Prince Miller with Baltimore.

152 comments Add your comment

fayncdawg

April 24th, 2010
6:10 pm

Kramer

April 24th, 2010
6:14 pm

Delores

April 24th, 2010
6:17 pm

Now that we’re officially in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a free-ranging discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any football players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while Mark Richt – a decent fellow with no coaching skills – has no clue what to do.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

fayncdawg

April 24th, 2010
6:20 pm

Anyway, not at all surprised that this group of Dawgs weren’thighly regarded. I mean what highlight reel plays does anyone recall involving this group (POSITIVE ONES)? I sure saw quite a negative ones when ESPN was showing T.Tebow, Dez Bryant, Joe Haden, ….etc.

memphisdawg

April 24th, 2010
6:28 pm

Delores sounds bitter not to mention ignorant.

billdawg

April 24th, 2010
6:28 pm

Delores,
Some Tennessee fans are going to be upset with your downgrading of their achievements in the area of arrests. Why do you think they claim “We’re Number 1?” And yes, Georgia does graduate athletes with worthwhile degrees. Check your facts before you indict a very good program.

Preston

April 24th, 2010
6:34 pm

Delores, (if that’s your real name) the Athens police department nor the UGA campus police show absolutely no favoritism to their local football team. That’s not the case in most other football towns. You should be happy. At least our guys get busted for drinking and not stealing dead girls’ credit cards or robbing people at convenience stores. My goodness Delores! These college kids are actually drinking! I can’t believe it. LOL!

Preston

April 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

Congrats to all the new NFL Dogs! Represent!

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

I guess teams were concerned about guys who played under Willie. At least Atkins got drafted. Vance Walker was a 7th round guy last year, and after spending time on the practice squad, he was playing significant time as a backup at the end of the year after injuries hit the Falcons DL.

Ben

April 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

Hey Dolores. I’m not sure of what article you believe you are reading but why dont you keep your mouth shut while on this post and be Congratulatory to these fine Bulldogs achieving life long dreams. Hey Rennie I know that your family is exteremely proud of you and you can breathe a sigh of relief. There has been alot of pressure on you to achieve this goal. Congrats and thanks to all the Dawgs in the NFL. Make us proud!

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
6:42 pm

Losing 3 DTs to the NFL is a good time to be switching to the 3-4.

Kramer

April 24th, 2010
6:58 pm

The newly drafted Georgia players join a pretty impressive group…Suck on this techies…

Fran Tarkenton
Terrell Davis
Herschel Walker
Garrison Hearst
Jon Stinchcomb
Champ Bailey
Matt Stinchcomb
Knowshon Moreno
Matthew Stafford
Charles Grant
Randy McMichael
Tony Gilbert
Ben Watson
Greg Blue
Thomas Davis
Tim Jennings
Charles Johnson
Richard Seymour
Marcus Stroud

And these players aren’t “run of the mill” players but collectively are impressive and each can stand alone.

TUCK FECH

April 24th, 2010
7:12 pm

Delores you are an embrassment to us Real DAWGS!

GO DAWGS!

BigDawg

April 24th, 2010
7:21 pm

The Falcons should have grabbed Owens rather than the guy from Kentucky. He was a projected early round before his injury in 2009. Came back to play for Willie’s defenseless. How about his performance in the NFL weight room? Of course, UGA has had other players drafted late that went on to greatness! Philly and New England are very familiar with the quality of contributions they have gotten from UGA players. Falcons could certainly increase their fan base with more UGA players. How many people attend UGA games and what is the sellout rate over the past 20 years compared to the Falcons??

BigDawg

April 24th, 2010
7:21 pm

I mean injury in 2008!

Tdawg

April 24th, 2010
7:32 pm

Did you guys hear that statement that Todd McShay made on ESPN when the Tennessee QB was taken. It was a slam against Georgia’s defense. He stated that Crompton was a joke until he played against the dawgs. Georgia’s defense gave him the confidence to go on and do better. He then added the coup-de-craw. He went on to say that a lot of QBs got well after playing against the Georgia defense.

If that ain’t enough to light a fire under the dawgs defense then nothing is.

1eyedJack

April 24th, 2010
7:33 pm

It appears that Rennie made a good decision and that Rashad made a poor decision.

And Delores, it’s a major embarrassment to me for YOU to be a Georgian.

Hiram Dawg

April 24th, 2010
7:36 pm

Kramer – Add Will Witherspoon, Kendrell Bell, thousand yard rushers Olandis Gary & Robert Edwards, Super Bowl MVPs Hines Ward and Jake Scott, Jermaine Phillips, Jonas Jennings, Max Jean-Gillis, Bill Stanfill, Guy McIntyre, Rodney Hampton, and many dozens more…..

Kramer

April 24th, 2010
7:39 pm

Thanks Hiram. Let’s throw Goldberg in for good measure. I knew my list was incomplete.

Dawgman566

April 24th, 2010
7:54 pm

More Dawgs in the NFL! Cool.

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
8:03 pm

Hiram Dawg

Add Johnny Carson to the list, along with Zeke Bratkowski.

SE GA LADY

April 24th, 2010
8:10 pm

As you all know, Delores isn’t really a “Delores,” and this is just another stupid blog the AJC tries to conceive against UGA. This is no joke, either!!

Dawg

April 24th, 2010
8:16 pm

Delores, Mark has a clue and if you think different, go talk to the three players that are no longer with the team.

Otis from Mayberry

April 24th, 2010
8:20 pm

Does Delores live on St Simons by any chance?

uga alumn

April 24th, 2010
8:23 pm

Delores you are an idiot. Proud alumnus of The University of Georgia.

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
8:32 pm

Interesting tidbit from Wikipedia on Zeke. Imagine this happening in this generation:

“While Bratkowski was coaching the Chicago Bears quarterbacks during the 1973 season, head coach Abe Gibron abruptly promoted him to offensive coordinator. Gibron shortly after pressed him into service for one game as a backup quarterback.”

Dawg1

April 24th, 2010
8:44 pm

OK, let’s make a couple of assumption here:
(1) That Delores is likely not really named Delores.
(2) Delores is a Tech Fan. I doubt he/she actually graduated.
So this is designed just to stir the pot.
The way the NCAA measures academic effort and progress is a program called APR. It is an acronym that stands for Academic Progress Rate.
07/08 was the last year reported on the NCAA Website.

Tech Football – 957
Tech Basketball – 914
Tech Baseball – 989

Georgia Football – 976
Georgia Basketball – 945
Georgia Baseball – 932

UShttp://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2008-11-18-majors-cover_N.htmA Today Article for your review:
At Georgia you are required to go to class. You are checked up on and face a mandatory suspension if you miss class. (Little different than 25 years ago, don’t you think).

Back in November when Tech’s Football Team was in the Top 10, a report came out that Tech tied Texas for the worst graduation rate from 99 – 2002. They came in at 49% compared to UGA at 58%.
With this said, 10 year old data means nothing. In fact, I believe that UGA will show steady improvement since CMR has been there and will show the same in all sports, especially basketball, when the last 5 years have been reviewed.
Can UGA improve Academics within the Athletic Department? Absolutely! But is it embarrassing? Well if so, then Tech must be considered an even larger embarrassment.

Arrest – now, if you look at this, almost all of it is underage drinking. Unlike Tech, UGA is a large campus in a small to medium size town. Cut out the drinking related charges and what are you really down to? Little or nothing. Much tougher to get caught around Tech. Let’s face it; very little going on ‘on campus’ or across the street. You have to travel and then get caught driving back in. And it is pretty clear that either CMR or someone above him have decided that this must be dealt with as well.
Last thought: Nothing against the Tech kids. They seem to be becoming fine adults. But guess what; so are the kids at UGA. Attacking the kids character is simply a classless thing to do.

GT Dog

April 24th, 2010
8:55 pm

The funny thing is this. I know that none of these players were drafted real high, but at least FIVE players on that UGA defense were considered NFL calibre last year and the D was just TERRIBLE! And you can probably add at least two more kids from that D who will be drafted in the next few years, both higher than these five guys.

jack bull

April 24th, 2010
9:16 pm

Reshad should’ve come back, he could’ve made himself a whole lot more money……(if he played like he did against GT)..

dawg nation

April 24th, 2010
9:18 pm

Congrats to the Dawgs drafted. Thanks for your work between the hedges!!!!

SE GA LADY

April 24th, 2010
9:33 pm

AJ Green predicted to go in top 10 next year. Sorry, no Jackets on that top ten roster, Delores!!

Amazing

April 24th, 2010
9:36 pm

Funny how the only one really negative blog on here was Dehores. Maybe, for once, the Techies are on their own site trying to figure our what happened to Jonathan Dwyer. Personally, I wish the best for all these kids.

Willie BE

April 24th, 2010
9:39 pm

We can’t get anybody drafted above 3rd round????? Rashad how does humble pie taste?

Tech SV

April 24th, 2010
9:43 pm

If Ga has all these players drafted, how come they are losing 5 games in a season??? what gives???

Willie BE

April 24th, 2010
9:49 pm

Hey Buzz! What was that Tech score again??? Big ACC champion

Hey 750k

April 24th, 2010
9:57 pm

Maybe you should ask your bloated POS Pres Adams for a raise. Considering that scuzz bucket seems to be always fleecing UGA people, maybe you could get a piece?

charles

April 24th, 2010
9:57 pm

30-24,30-24,30-24,30-24,8 out of 9,8 out of 9,8 out of 9……HA,HA,HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
9:59 pm

Amazing – I’m not a Georgia homer, but I try to be fair and balanced. If AJ Green isn’t in the top 5, it will be due to injury, or the NFL not having a draft due to a lockout or such. He should be the highest rated WR. Jon Dwyer has a chance with the Steelers. I imagine they will be ready to trade for a backup RB, since they only have 3, with Dwyer included. 10 to 1 ratio in yards gained between #1 and #2. I hope somebody influential is in Dwyer’s ear this summer.

Dawg1 – Good analysis. Tech needs to stop with the one-and-done roundballers. That brings the graduation rate average down, and makes the Institute look like a tool of the NBA.

Douglas

April 24th, 2010
10:13 pm

I think Delores suckered some of you guys in…do you really believe she is a UGA fan?

Jeff

April 24th, 2010
10:41 pm

Meyer excited because Florida finally passed 40, 40 in the NFL in the last decade.

Gergia passed 60 today.

Porshe

April 24th, 2010
10:43 pm

Man, Georgia only had 5 guys go into the NFL this year, what a tough year.

Oh well, that’s 62 in the last decade from Georgia to the NFL, good for #1 in college football.

Gen Neyland

April 24th, 2010
10:44 pm

Let me inject here : Congrats to all SEC players that wwere drafted and to those that have already been picked up as free agents (Tennessee long snapper Morgan Cox to the Ravens for one)…And to those that hucked it up over Jonathon Crompton, the guy is heading to the Chargers as a 5th round pick (Charlie Whitehurst was traded to Seattle). “He who laughs last, laughs in your faces.”

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

April 24th, 2010
10:45 pm

Anybody else remember Len Haus, Jimmy Orr, Billy Gambrell, Kevin Butler, Spike Jones, Theron Sapp, Andy Johnson, Lindsey Scott, Mack Strong, etc.?

Porshe

April 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

After today’s 5, Georgia #1 in SEC in getting players to the NFL.

Miami is #1 with 68 players to the NFL in the last decade.

But Georgia overtook Florida state this year into sole possession of the #2 spot at 62 players in the NFL in the last decade. And maintained #1 in the SEC.

Florida State was #3 with 60.

P.S Alabama and Florida both FINALLY broke 40 in the NFL, so hats off to both of them, 50% short of Georgia’s 62, but they’re gaining on us, might catch us in 20 years.

Porshe

April 24th, 2010
11:09 pm

Here’s the new rankings after today,

Number of players drafted in the NFL over last decade:
1- Miami- 68
2- Georgia- 62
3- FSU- 60
4- Florida- 59

harold

April 24th, 2010
11:09 pm

Enter your comments here

Winchester

April 24th, 2010
11:13 pm

And how many 1st rounders did Bama and Florida have? No wonder here why Georgia can’t beat Florida & Bama.

Warren

April 24th, 2010
11:13 pm

With 9 players that got drafted in the NFL, how bad does the Head Cach have to be, to not even win his own conference?

Only Urban Meyer could lose his own conference with 9 future NFL drafts on his starting line up.

OVER- RATED.

harold

April 24th, 2010
11:14 pm

ALABAMA AND FLORIDA ARE THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOLS—–NOT GEORGIA. GEORGIA IS GREAT IN TENNIS/GOLF. WE HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN TO THE SEC TITLE GAME IN HALF A DECADE. ALABAMA & FLORIDA HAVE CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES. WHO CARES ABOUT THE DRAFT CHOICES!GEORGIA FOOTBALL IS VERY AVERAGE NOW~!

Warren

April 24th, 2010
11:24 pm

Anyone know how much #25 draftee Tebow’s contract will be? League minimum or as much as a $500,000 with health insurance?

Stafford got $50 million.