The buzz begins about A.J. Green, Clint Boling and the 2011 draft

  • 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.

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Matt in Athens

April 26th, 2010
9:56 am

I’m pretty sure Jeff Owens also signed with the Eagles.

Tim Tucker

April 26th, 2010
10:00 am

Matt in Athens,
Owens was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round.

Dawg #5

April 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Bryan Evans got a contract ???????????? What the flip! That boy better snap into his PJs! He is dreaming about ever playing in the NFL ! He will be cut ASAP !!!! The worst UGA DB ever !!! Glad he is gone !

DawgGirl32

April 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Interesting that Tennessee had 6 players drafted. Kinda puts to rest the notion of their cupboards being bare as Lane Kiffin tried to make people believe.

GeoffDawg

April 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Thanks for the conference breakdown. For all the hype the Big 12 got for having some of its players taken at the top, the SEC has once again demonstrated its top to bottom dominance in talent.

GeoffDawg

April 26th, 2010
10:05 am

I was surprised by Bryan Evans getting a contract as well but he’s got some pretty good speed if I’m not mistaken. Maybe some some coaching from somebody not name Martinez can produce results.

NCs,SEC Cs and more

April 26th, 2010
10:17 am

The number of quality, NFL bound kids is one important component to a school’s desire to win big. It is not thr only key. Look at UT and UGA. Both had impressive draft numbers but both were 4th in the East.

Coaching and the fire in the belly are what create a BIG TIME record of achievement. Hopefully, UGA has with the NEW D coaches begun their ascent. They need to sugment hat with great players and their current squad is LOADED with NFL prospects. Fg kicker, punter, flankers and one running back, mayne all three tight ends and maybe 2 fullbacks and a bevy of O linemen and a couple of D linemen and a few linebackers and safeties are possible NFL draftees. See? UGA has a ton of big time athletes.

This is the beginning of another UGA run. Get ready.

Go Dogs.

Willie Martinez

April 26th, 2010
10:19 am

John Kincade from 680thefan had a twitter feed last night that read along the lines of “only 1 scholarship QB on campus after this week”…he called it a “rumor”. Does that mean Gray is transferring, or just moving to WR?

Dawgsssss

April 26th, 2010
10:20 am

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Happy DAWG

April 26th, 2010
10:28 am

Funny how we are talking about the 2011 draft already. Not too much to write about I suppose. As for the DAWGS this Fall, I hope we are ready to turn it around. I appreciate CMR and do not want to lose him, if for no other reason he helps these kids with real life lessons and truly cares about them, but I hope the fire in Coach Grantham will inspire him to get a little more fired up at times! Perhaps Grantham will serve a double purpose! GO DAWGS!

Dwyer the BUST!!!!

April 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Willie,

interesting post you have there. Though I wouldn’t give much credence to anything Kincade would have to say about anything, especially when it comes to college sports. He’s a hack if I’ve ever met one.

bales

April 26th, 2010
10:30 am

I just hope UGA can get more out of their stud WR than the Yechies did with Calvin Johnson. One more year with AJ. They need to ride that beast for all he’s worth.

Glang

April 26th, 2010
10:31 am

I suspect if King has a superb year he’ll be gone after this coming season as well.

knoxdawg

April 26th, 2010
10:31 am

If the rumor is true sounds to me like Gray is transferring. I have wondered how long he would stay being behind other players at QB. Loss of Mettenberger was big.

BigDawg

April 26th, 2010
10:33 am

These Dawgs better come prepared! Dwyer from Tech is a great example of what a lackluster year will do for projections! He was picked in the top 20 all the way to about mid-season and then the slide began! Has he been drafed yet??? LOL

James T. Kirk

April 26th, 2010
10:39 am

Poor poochies. Still upset that Tech had 14 players drafted or signed while you had a measly 2. Pathetic. I suspect you saw how Tech Nation was out in full force Saturday to watch our starters win 27-7 while only playing one half. You all know what that means for this Thanksgiving weekend. Yet another beat down between your hedges. We have our thrower of the ball returning while you are trying to play a 5′5 midget at your thrower of the ball position. Nezbit will win the Heisman contest. We have the greatest catching receiver in all the land in Stephen Hill. Most say he is the best prospect to come along since Randy Moss. We have the greatest coach and recruiter in the nation while you have fake ‘n back Coach Rick. I can sympathize with you poodles. I know how much it must hurt to be annually owned by your masters from Atlanta in everything.

SoCal Dawg

April 26th, 2010
10:44 am

Happy for Moore. Always thought he was under rated.

andrew

April 26th, 2010
10:45 am

If Gray leaves this is not good. Mason would be thrown into the mix immediately and the couple of walk-ons Richt mentioned will all at once be expected to lead if God forbid something happens to Murray.

Dawgster

April 26th, 2010
10:46 am

Numbers don’t lie – the SEC again showed that the depth of the conference is it’s strength.

What makes the SEC special is that it’s mid-level teams would easily be top third in any conference – just a deep conference of good teams.

Going negative nancy on you – the numbers do not lie.
And Mark Richt’s numbers the last for years are below Donnans. I did not realize this until reading other peoples comments – but it is true – UGA is 10-10 the last four years in the SEC EAST – Donnan was 13-7.

If UGA wins only 7 or 8 games this year – this would mean the program has gone stale under his leadership – and him proving that he can win against the top SEC teams will be in doubt – unless we try to outast the other programs and wait for Saban and Urban to move on. Coaching attrition is not a strategy!

On a positive note – Richt made the necessary coaching changes on defense – and the team seems to be a new found focus.

However, if it more of the same – penalties, lack of take aways -plenty of turn overs, the guarentee of getting blown out at least a couple of times a year – it means that medicority has set in – and we will be with SC’s of the world – constantly looking up with the “let’s see what happens next year mentality.

I hope the 2010 season is a great success – and Richt has the program back on track of being an SEC Elite team – including beating Florida (1-3 last for years) Tennessee (1-3 the last four years) and beling on the same field as Alabama.

You guys may not want to hear this – but throughout history – UGA is NOT considered a nationally elite football program. We are considered a very good program that on occaision – rises to the top. This is what has happened under Richt – He started well – was on top for a few years – and now we are back to 7 and 8 win seasons – what our tradition actually is.

Florida has changed their tradition – starting with Spurrier – and when it became clear that Zook was an 8 win coach – they got rid of him fast – and found the best and hottest coach in the country. WHY??? – becasue this is what Florida’s expectation is and what they demand. Alabama the same.

What about UGA? is 8 or 9 wins a season good enough?

Nitpicker

April 26th, 2010
10:48 am

UT and UGA BOTH fourth in the east? How do you figure? Fl. was first. UT beat EVERYONE else in the east (including UGA). Thus that made UT 2nd in the east (sole posession).

1eyedJack

April 26th, 2010
10:50 am

Cap’n Kirk…you need to lay off that Romulan ale.

Matthews Dawg

April 26th, 2010
10:51 am

James T. Kirk…..are you smoking crack again??? All you said is a joke, right?

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 26th, 2010
10:52 am

Might a possible work stoppage in the NFL cause some players to reconsider leaving early next year ? I guess it will all be about the timing of both sides working something out or not playing for a while .

Delbert D.

April 26th, 2010
10:52 am

I said top 5 for AJ Green yesterday, and I’m dismayed that Mel Kiper agrees with me.

Delbert D.

April 26th, 2010
10:55 am

“Bryan Evans got a contract ???????????? What the flip! ”

They need some special DBs in camp so the QBs can quickly recognize what it looks like when receivers get really open.

ACC Dawg

April 26th, 2010
10:57 am

You guys don’t get it about Donnan! He had NO CONTROL over the players. He did not require much out of them. I can’t believe 680 the Fan allows him to talk about UGA or other programs at all. He could recruit, but he had “0″ control! CMR is twice the man and leader he ever was or could be. If he was so good and in control, why hasn’t he had a coaching job since? Think about it.

DawgSinceBirth

April 26th, 2010
10:59 am

Dawgster: The University of Georgia has ALWAYS been considered a NATIONAL ELITE PROGRAM!!!! 5 NATIONAL TITLES and 12 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS will do that for you!!!!!!!!!!

That was a very odd comment!!!!

Go Dawgs!

Worm

April 26th, 2010
10:59 am

Boling is a good example of a player not being highly rated coming out of high school.

clueless

April 26th, 2010
11:00 am

hopefully we got some safeties that can actually tackle and catch the ball when bein hit in the chest with it this yr.

Toole

April 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Cincinnati must be desperate. They signed Bryan Evans. That guy stinks!

DawgSinceBirth

April 26th, 2010
11:05 am

I WILL say this: a lot of the “old” farts have always, to me, had WAYYYY too low expectations based off of players in state, resources, etc….if you study their history though, Georgia should ALWAYS be GREAT (not good)!

One way to creat REAL JOBS

April 26th, 2010
11:08 am

Someone needs to open up a gun and ammo store on 14th Street @ Northside Drive. Wow! Can you imagine the applicants for jobs there? The retail sales would be through the roof. Just the Ethyl Streeters alone would cause the proprietor to sell out of stock.

Delbert D.

April 26th, 2010
11:12 am

“You guys don’t get it about _____! He (has) NO CONTROL over the players. He (does) not require much out of them.”… “He (can) recruit, but he (has) “0″ control!

Fill in the blank with any current college coach that fits the description.

PTC DAWG

April 26th, 2010
11:15 am

Just an FYI to a poster above…UGA did not finish 4th in the SEC East….they tied for 2nd…not that it matters…but you had bad info none the less.

HugoStiglitz

April 26th, 2010
11:18 am

Green will be a great pro but a mock 2011 draft this early has to be the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Why stop there, lets examine all high school freshman and have a mock 2018 draft.

TechStinger

April 26th, 2010
11:19 am

With all these high draft superstars on UGA’s roster and a new 3-4 D coached by a $750,000 d-coordinator, they have all the pieces and should easily win 10-12 games in 2010, right???

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 26th, 2010
11:19 am

Character is an issue with the NFL now, so he’s probably a 2nd round pick. Remember the unsportsmanlike penalty against LSU?

It didn’t have any effect, but it was late in the game and could have.

Character– GT two 1st round draft picks, UGAg, zero.

RxDawg

April 26th, 2010
11:20 am

To see what we lost in talent 2 years ago makes me feel a little better about how we did this past year. We got hit pretty hard by early defectors to the NFL. I guess that’s what happens when you have great talent. We will be a much more solid team this year. I don’t know if we are going to win the SEC, but we will compete for it.

dawgster

April 26th, 2010
11:23 am

don’t know who the new dawgster is but i have been posting for a while on here, and this post wasn’t mine..not going to get into breaking down his post…”the real dawgster”

Dawgster

April 26th, 2010
11:26 am

Dawgsincebirth – I respectfullly disagree.

We have TWO nationally recognized consensus National Titles – 1942 and 1980.

I travel all over the country with my job – and college football is a great source of conversation – whether I am talking about PAC-10, B12, B10 or in Florida.

What I can tell you is that UGA is nationally respected – but not on the same line as Alabama, Florida or even Tennessee. UGA is considered one of the better SEC teams – much like Auburn is….. again – respected and thought of in high regard.

However, the true historical national elites are the USC’s, Alabama’s, Texas’s of the world. Oklahoma and Ohio State fall into this group ……. and now does Florida – 20 years of dominating the SEC EAST and winning multiple NC’s will do that for you…. that and the incredible press coverage that Florida gets as they have earned it.

UGA has great tradition – but so do many other schools – including GT (4 consensus NT’s), etc.

Think about – we had Hershall – then we had Goff, Donnan, a few SEC titles under Richt where it looked like we were on a roll. – but now the SEC is all about ALABAMA and FLORIDA – with LSU trying to hang in there – then the rest. Fact is – UGA is so far from Florida in terms of talent and coaching – it makes me sick. Fact is – we beat SAban his first year at Alabama in overtime – then the next year – he had us down 31-0 at the half – did not take him long to put us in our place – as far as Alabama is concerned. Heck, Tennessee has struggled the last few years – and they have BLOWN us out on National TV 3 of the last 4 years. Florida has Blown us out 3 of the last 4 years – these games are not even close.

Richt had to make the defensive changes – and now he needs to be Hands on with the offense – because the excuses are over. It’a always – well we got a young QB, we got an inexperienced O-Line – we have had injuries. Well Screw that – all of these teams go through this – it’s called talent and depth of talent – having your guys prepared – and it starts with coaching.

Again – if you think UGA is considered a national elite in terms of history and recent times – I respectfully disagree.

HOW DID THAT WORK OUT

April 26th, 2010
11:30 am

didn’t yech have three first round players taken this year oh right dwyer didn’t quite make it to the 1st round, but you did have two top ten picks oh right that didn’t quite work out either , but you did beat UGA and win a BCS bowl last year OH WAIT

Dawg

April 26th, 2010
11:32 am

I am glad Bryan Evans is someone elses problem now. He sucks….

Captain

April 26th, 2010
11:41 am

All I can say about Cincinnati is obviously they were looking for someone to fill a very specific need on their roster — designated Touchdown giver upper. Is there any doubt Bryan Evans is the most prolific at that in Georgia football history? Evans is impressive in the weight room, on the track, in shorts, but in pads when the ball is snapped he has, without a doubt, the worst instincts of any DB I’ve ever seen, anywhere, any level of play. He is not a natural player, he has no flexibility in his hips, simply put he can run a straight line with the best of them, but couldn’t dodge a rolling Kroger shopping cart that crossed his path.

FLAGator

April 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Richt’s “class” should produce easily 2-3 extra wins during the season!!! He’s coming up with a new, creative endzone taunting dance in case they score against florida, so that should really “fire up” the dogs!!!!!!! Richt—motivational genius!!!!

James T. Kirk

April 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Keep being jealous and envious of we Tech fans. My inside sources say that 14 or 15 Tech departures will be signing with NFL teams. I know it’s hard for your mutts to swallow this reality, but deal with it.

Stinger

April 26th, 2010
11:50 am

Indeed Captain Kirk. They spend their entire days of unemployment on this blog attacking us out of pure jealousy. It really is a sad little life that they lead.

How2fish

April 26th, 2010
11:51 am

TechStinger we should be pretty good and that should scare the Bugs to death…as our worse team in a decade stomped a mudhole in the ACC “champs” azzes..LOL!

How2fish

April 26th, 2010
11:56 am

James T. Kirk we don’t hate you because your a Bug we hate you because your a liar and a fraud and Spock’s bitc&..

BigTimeTECHFan

April 26th, 2010
11:59 am

AJ Green will make a good Field Goal Blocking specialist in NFL. He’s real good until he get tackled, then you don’t see him for like 3 games.
I think he’s overrated, him and the Bama receiver Julio Jones.