Saturday a day of redemption for as six more Bulldogs go in NFL draft

Brandon Boykin's kick-returning skills -- the is one of three 100-yard returns he had -- figure to benefit him greatly with the Philadephia Eagles. (AP photo)

Brandon Boykin's kick-returning skills -- the is one of three 100-yard returns he had -- figure to benefit him greatly with the Philadephia Eagles. (AP photo)

Saturday represented “redemption day” in the NFL draft for a few Georgia Bulldogs.

Brandon Boykin and Orson Charles both projected as higher draft picks than when they were finally chosen in the fourth round. Charles, a tight end from Tampa who had a year of eligibility remaining, had to wait until the Cincinnati Benglas took him with the 116th pick overall early Saturday afternoon. Boykin, a defensive back and kick returner out of Fayetteville, went seven picks later to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both were all-conference selections and highly-productive football players at Georgia, only to see their NFL stock devalued before the draft.

Charles had already been hurt by poor workouts when he was arrested for DUI in Athens on March 9. Boykin suffered a broken leg in the midst of an impressive performance in the Senior Bowl back in February. So instead of getting a call on the first or second day as originally expected, Boykin and Charles had to wait until day three to finally realize their NFL dreams.

“Based on what I expected, I was a little upset it didn’t happen sooner,” said Boykin, who was enjoying a party with family and friends at home in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon. “But after not getting my name called [Friday], I knew it’d definitely happen soon [on Saturday]. And when I finally got the call I was really excited. At this point, everybody’s on an even level and you just have to go out and prove yourself. That’s no different than I’ve always had to do.”

Charles said he definitely thought the arrest impacted his draft status. But he said he just tried to be honest with the teams that asked him about it.

“I just elaborated to them that it was a one-time mistake and that it won’t happen again,” Charles said. “That might have been the worst thing to happen in my life. [I had to] explain to my [11-year old] brother what I did and [tell him] ‘don’t follow in my footsteps’ and tell my mom I was sorry. I just put my family in a bind.”

Ben Jones was the first of six Georgia players to be selected on Saturday. Jones, a four-year-starter for the Bulldogs at center, was taken by the Houston Texans early in fourth round with the 99th pick overall.

“This is the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Jones told reporters. “I’m just excited. It’s in the South. I love being from the South. I was born down here. It’s good to stay down South. I can’t wait to get down there, enjoy Texas and be in Houston.”

Place-kicker Blair Walsh went to the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round, offensive lineman Justin Anderson of Ocilla went to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick of the seventh round and defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson was taken by the Ravens later in the seventh with the 236th pick overall.

Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn of Riverdale was the first Bulldog off the board when he chosen by the Buffalo Bills with the 41st pick overall during the second round on Friday.

Boykin said the Georgia players all leaned on each other as they were waiting to hear from the NFL.

“We talked the whole time,” Boykin said. “I was texting Ben and Orson throughout the day [Saturday]. I was telling them to hang in there; they were telling me to hang in there. We were just trying to be there for one another, not really knowing what was going to happen. But we all knew we were going to get our shot. Once Ben finally got picked it happened kind of quick for all of us.”

Boykin believes his situation is going to be worth the wait.

“I was the first corner they took in the draft, so they definitely want me to come in and play right away and compete for the nickel spot,” he said. “They want me to go out and be a punt returner and a kick returner, too. That’s what they told me today. So I’m just going to go up there and do what I’ve been doing.”

Boykin won the Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile athlete this past season. He finished his career with 2,663 kickoff return yards – second best in SEC history – and returned four for touchdowns, including three for 100 yards each. He was also named MVP of the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 when he scored three different ways: a tackle for a safety, a pass reception for a touchdown and a 92-yard punt return for a TD.

Boykin said he has completely recovered from his leg injury and will be ready to compete when the Eagles’ rookie mini-camp begins on May 11.

Charles was also eager to get started. He is close friends with former Georgia teammate A.J. Green, who starred as a rookie wide receiver for the Bengals last season. Charles was surprised to learn he’d have to wait until mid-May to report.

“Essentially it was in my head I would come up there today and start working with some of the guys on the team and start to get familiar with how Andy Dalton throws and hang out with A.J. and try to come in and make an impact in my rookie year,” he said.

Punter Drew Butler, defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson and tight ends Bruce Figgins and Aron White were among the Georgia graduates still hoping to hear from the NFL.

NFL BULLDOGS

The following Georgia players were selected in the 2012 NFL draft:

  • OL Cordy Glenn (6-5, 348), Riverdale — Buffalo Bills, No. 41
  • C Ben Jones (6-2, 303), Centerville, Ala. — Houston Texans, 99
  • TE Orson Charles (6-3, 250), Tampa, Fla. — Cincinnati Bengals, 116
  • CB Brandon Boykin (5-10, 182), Fayetteville — Philadelphia Eagles, 123
  • PK Blair Walsh (5-9, 187), Boca Raton, Fla. — Minnesota Vikings, 175
  • OL Justin Anderson (6-4, 342), Ocilla — Indianapolis Colts, 208
  • DL DeAngelo Tyson (6-2, 315), Statesboro — Baltimore Ravens 236

160 comments Add your comment

C in Lville

April 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Congratulations Dawgs! Let’s see if we can place some higher next year.

trueUGAfan

April 28th, 2012
4:48 pm

Excited and happy for all of those guys…represent the G proudly and well…congrats to all of you guys, you earned it…

Snoop dawg

April 28th, 2012
4:55 pm

Or son Charles abandone

7576DAWG

April 28th, 2012
4:56 pm

Glenn and Boykin should have gone in the late first or in the second round. I guess no team had an urgent need for a safety. Hard to believe a broken leg could drop him that far. I guess they didn’t want to waste a high draft chose on someone who will still have to pass their physical.
I am glad that Walsh is given a chance even though I though at the beginning of the 2011 season that he would do so good that he might go as high as late first or somewhere in the second round. That DUI cost Charles a lot of money as it should be. I applaud the NFL for trying to ward off discipline problems before they get to the Pro’s.

Snoop dawg

April 28th, 2012
4:58 pm

Orson Charles deserted his comrades in battle on a selfish ego trip. He will be a flash in the pan in the NFL, if even that. The team won’t even miss him anyway…

Orange12

April 28th, 2012
5:05 pm

Did not see Walsh getting picked by anybody. I do see Butler getting picked up.

Fair n Balanced

April 28th, 2012
5:10 pm

I wish we were still in the days of guys having to complete college before they leave for the NFL. But alas, it all started with Herschel……right here at UGA.

7576DAWG

April 28th, 2012
5:13 pm

If Georgia go’s 14-0 or no worst than 12-2 this year I think we could lose as many as 8 to 12 to the draft next year. And yes, most are of the defense. The question is how many of the RS SO will not return for 2013.

7576DAWG

April 28th, 2012
5:19 pm

Fair n Balance
And Walker sure did regret that he let a fast talking agent talk him into leaving early. If he had just talked to Dooley before he signed he could have come back for his senior year and the records he would have broken would still be talked about today.

GTBob

April 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

Im surprised Boykin went as high as he did.

Dawg Haus

April 28th, 2012
5:22 pm

This is great news. Congrats to these fine young men! I’m especially thrilled for Walsh after that horrible senior season he had. Go Vikings! Boykin will be an impact player for the Eagles for years to come. Best of luck at the next level to these DGDs! Represent UGA well.

Tom

April 28th, 2012
5:30 pm

Remind Jones that some of the stuff he pulled in college is going to get him FINED in the league.

Go Dawgs

April 28th, 2012
5:40 pm

Is it just me or does it seem like the Bengals are always drafting Bulldogs?

@snoop

April 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

Orson didn’t abandon anyone but himself by being lazy and not working out then getting DUI, before the draft .He was told by draft board he could be late 1st round early 2nd rounder.Orsons family needs the money. Why slam a kid congratulate him on being drafted and wish him well, unlike you he was and is a DGD.

Jim P

April 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

Maybe, just maybe, if UGA can starting beating teams it’s not supposed to beat….then just maybe UGA will start having players drafted in the first round with the SEC elite. Until they can do that..last most of the Dawgs draft picks will be 6th and 7th rounders.

bkbroila

April 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

Damn….Justin Anderson drafted by the Colts …. I hope they don’t expect him to protect andrew luck!!!!

G-Max

April 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

Don’t forget Bean Anderson & Blair Walsh too!

kingdaddy

April 28th, 2012
6:12 pm

@Snoop 5:47
Amen, now I wish him the best and thank him for the blood sweat and tears he shed for UGA!!!

kingdaddy

April 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

All of these young men are DGDs…

Hurt Kurbstreit

April 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

All I can say is that the Eagles got a steal in Boykin. They are going to love him. I was hoping he would last until the Falcons next pick.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

Boykin might have gone earlier had the NFL not moved the kickoff to the 35. Little need for a kick return guy these days. The mystery of what happened to Walsh and Butler last year puzzles me. The only thing that changed after 2010 was the S&C program. Good deal for Jones. He may become a starter in the future.

Ghost

April 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Jim P, You don’t get out much do you? Of 63 or so players drafted from Georgia in the Richt era only only 10 taken in the 6th or 7th round. You should research a bit Sometimes keeping your mouth shut and letting people think your uninformed is better than opening it a and proving them right..
http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?abbr=G&collegeName=Georgia&abbrFlag=0&type=school

kingdaddy

April 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

Ghost
He’s just lonely and needs some attention…

Ghost

April 28th, 2012
6:49 pm

kingdaddy, my guess , he’s a tech troll.

7576DAWG

April 28th, 2012
6:50 pm

Right now in the draft there are three teams that have 7 players chosen , none so far with more than 7.
The three teams are Alabama , Oklahoma and , the drum beat : GEORGIA

sports

April 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

Boykin will become a star with the Eagles…of course the phony Falcons couldn’t see that. Charles should be converted to linebacker, he’s not fast enough and can’t catch it well enough for the pros..

tide roll

April 28th, 2012
7:04 pm

How much money did the Georgia coaching staff cost Bean Anderson by failing to play him on offense from his freshman year forward. This guy Richt is unbelievable. The fact that Anderson was drafted after playing only one year at offensive tackle is amazing! And he’ll make it in the NFL! Do it Richt, Do it Booboo, and do it Dawgs. 31 years and counting. Is it any wonder!

Ghost

April 28th, 2012
7:21 pm

tide roll , if you knew anything you would know that Searles didn’t use Anderson and Anderson wanted to switch positions to get away from Searles, Wear the old gold and white and quit living vicariously through Bama , you embarrass true bama fans.

Orange12

April 28th, 2012
7:25 pm

I sure thought Butler was going to get the call. Well, a couple did get picked that I didn’t see happening. Big congrats to them!

ringleader

April 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

Tide Roll…………
Don’t you need to be checking on what happened to those 2,200
Championship tickets @ $250 each Mal cannot account for? Thats
$550,000 Alabama had to pay for has no manifest. No recruits
got one, did they?

7576DAWG

April 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

Wasn’t it Foster that said the reason why he picked Alabama was because they send so many to the NFL. Maybe they do but Georgia does also. Alabama got 8 players drafted and that makes around 32 total in the NFL but Georgia got 7 signed and that makes 46 in Pro ball. Foster you can’t use that as a reason for picking Alabama over Georgia.

VinceVanGo

April 28th, 2012
8:01 pm

I know the Falcons could use a tight end for the future, maybe they will give Aron White a chance as an undrafted free agent. He’s probably better than Orson Charles right now. Angelo Tyson might be able to help them out too.

Ghost

April 28th, 2012
8:06 pm

Rhall, Have you ever spoken with one of the players that friend has coached? Justin Anderson credits him with reviving his career, he’s a vast improvement of Stacy Searles.

URnotUA

April 28th, 2012
8:21 pm

7576DAWG
I usually don’t comment on UGA blogs, but to even try to compare Alabama’s multiple early rounders with UGA’s mid to late round picks is a stretch. Don’t worry about Foster using that info. Better yet, worry about Tray Matthews and others rolling with the Tide after another dominant performance in the Draft. Roll Tide!!!

Terrible Truth

April 28th, 2012
8:24 pm

Falcons: Call Drew Butler, NOW!!

Dawg Haus

April 28th, 2012
8:25 pm

I was happy to see Bean get snatched up by the Colts. Coach Friend did tremendous work with him this past season.

Dawg Haus

April 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

They certainly could use him, Terrible Truth. I was hoping they’d give Aron White a call, too.

guillotine

April 28th, 2012
8:34 pm

the falcons have a history of underacheiving…they aren’t going to multiply the failure possibilities by adding loser ex-dawgs to the formula. hey, how about yall boy caleb king? surprising, isn’t it…

FB

April 28th, 2012
8:47 pm

Let the Falcons sign Butler as a free agent. He’ll win the punters job!

kingdaddy

April 28th, 2012
8:54 pm

How many bumble-bzzzs got drafted???

Dawglasville

April 28th, 2012
8:58 pm

Very happy for Blair. I would love to see him turn it around. I’m not sure why Butler went undrafted. All of those undrafted guys will get a good look. They all hold value.

Bama Mike

April 28th, 2012
9:01 pm

Fosters comments as well as many recruits was how impressed they were with the number of first round picks coming from Bama. Its all about the first two rounds. After 5 players are better not being drafted as they can try out as free agents

Joissiodo

April 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

Did You Know; MSG is the text message abbreviation for Message

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Choo

April 28th, 2012
9:25 pm

It is amazing how UGA puts so many players in the NFL and cannot win a respectable Bowl. If they had decent coaching they would be National Champions year after year.

Vampire Bill

April 28th, 2012
9:41 pm

Best of luck to all the NFL Dawgs!

Ghost

April 28th, 2012
9:45 pm

So choo, coaching at georgia has nothing to do with getting players into the NFL? They could’ve just gone from high school to the NFL ?

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BirmyDawg

April 28th, 2012
10:16 pm

Chip,

Marc Weizer reporting Drew Butler has already signed with Pittsburgh, so that makes 8 guys who are going to play I believe, can you confirm that?

BirmyDawg

April 28th, 2012
10:19 pm

tide roll

April 28th, 2012
10:21 pm