The buzz begins about A.J. Green, Clint Boling and the 2011 draft
9:47 amApril 26, 2010, by Tim Tucker
NFL mock drafts for 2011 are already out there, and two Georgia players figure prominently. Wide receiver A.J. Green, widely expected to enter the draft after his junior season, is a consensus top-10 pick, and offensive tackle Clint Boling, who’ll be a senior in the fall, isn’t far behind Green in some 2011 mocks. In fact, one site, nepatriotsdraft.com, has Green going No. 2 overall and Boling No. 5. As ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 draft wound down Saturday afternoon, Mel Kiper Jr. rated Green the No. 4 prospect for 2011. Another ESPN analyst, Todd McShay, rated Green the eighth best prospect for ‘11.
Back to the 2010 draft: The SEC sent word that it had more players selected (49) than in any previous seven-round NFL draft. The Big Ten was second with 34 selections, followed by the ACC with 31, the Big 12 with 30 and the Pac-10 with 29. All 12 SEC schools had at least one player picked.
SEC picks by school: Florida 9, Alabama 7, LSU 6, Tennessee 6, Georgia 5, Ole Miss 4, Kentucky 3, Auburn 2, Mississippi State 2, South Carolina 2, Vanderbilt 2, Arkansas 1.
Within an hour of being drafted in the third round by Tennessee, former Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran naturally was asked by Nashville reporters about the concerns about his height. Curran had an answer ready: “As far as height goes, I don’t play barefoot,” he said. “When I put my cleats on and my helmet on, I am about 6-1 or 6-2. And I am not weak, either. I may be a little shorter, but I am not weak at all, by any means.”
And former Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a fourth-round pick by the Bengals, was asked by Cincinnati reporters why his statistics fell off from his sophomore season (team-leading 14.5 tackles for loss, including 7.5 sacks) to his junior and senior seasons. “I guess the sophomore year was a pretty extraordinary year for me,” Atkins said. “I tried to do a little something my senior year, but I guess I didn’t really get to those numbers. . . . I don’t think there was anything different. It was just, like, sometimes you’re able to make a play and sometimes you’re not. That’s how the game works, really.”
If you missed it, three undrafted Dogs quickly agreed to sign with NFL teams as free agents: wide receiver Michael Moore with Detroit, cornerback Prince Miller with Baltimore and safety Bryan Evans with Cincinnati.
And if you missed this one, Mark Richt said Aaron Murray, the Dogs’ new No. 1 quarterback, reminds him of former Florida State QB (and Heisman Trophy runnerup) Casey Weldon. That story is here.