Georgia Bulldogs: 2013 NFL draft

With four players selected in Saturday's final rounds of the NFL draft, Georgia concluded the three-day event with eight players picked -- matching the program's record for most players picked in one year.

Last year the Bulldogs nearly tied the previous program record, eight in 2002, by having seven players selected. They reached the record this year when safety Bacarri Rambo went to the Washington Redskins in the sixth round -- although several players who hoped to hear their names called Saturday went undrafted, including nose guard Kwame Geathers, who opted to skip his senior season in college to enter the draft.

Georgia players halted a conspicuous trend Thursday when outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (17th overall to Pittsburgh) and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree (30th to St. Louis) were both picked in the first round. It had been eight years since Georgia had a defensive player picked in the first round, dating to when David Pollack and Thomas Davis were both first-rounders in 2005.

Defensive players dominated this draft class for Georgia, with seven of the eight picks having played under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham last season. Along with Jones, Ogletree and Rambo, nose guard John Jenkins (third round, New Orleans), safety Shawn Williams (third round, Cincinnati), cornerback Sanders Commings (fifth round, Arizona) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (sixth round, Chicago) were picked this year.

Receiver Tavarres King (fifth round, Denver) was Georgia's only offensive draft pick.

Shortly after the draft concluded, defensive end Abry Jones tweeted that he had signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meanwhile, several other former Georgia players became available to sign with teams as undrafted free agents. In the next few days, Geathers, receiver Marlon Brown, cornerback Branden Smith and linebackers Christian Robinson and Michael Gilliard could sign with teams via free agency.

Ten UGA draft prospects to watch 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s 2013 class of NFL draft picks could become the largest in program history if things go according to plan over the next few days.

The Bulldogs’ previous record is eight players picked in the 2002 draft, and there are exactly that many Georgia players ranked in ESPN Scouts Inc.’s list of the top 150 draft prospects for 2013.

Considering the seven-round draft includes 254 selections, and that several more former Georgia players harbor hopes of hearing their names called during the three-day event, this should be a record-setting draft for the UGA program.

Let’s take a look at the 10 top-rated Georgia draft prospects according to Scouts Inc.:

Ogletree shows off NFL potential

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Alec Ogletree visits the Sport Science lab to test his skills in advance of the NFL draft.

Is Jones worthy of top-10 pick? 

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NFL hopes still alive for Richt's son 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- When Jon Richt transferred in 2009 from Clemson to play quarterback at tiny Mars Hill (N.C.) College, he figured that eliminated any possibility of someday becoming a professional football player.

“When I left there, I was just looking to have a good, fun college career and be able to play,” said Richt, who redshirted as a freshman in 2008 at Clemson before opting to spend his next four seasons at the NCAA Division II Baptist college.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- Cornelius Washington realizes he is something of a walking draft-season cliché, but the former Georgia pass rusher seems OK with that notion. The formerly off-the-radar prospect was simply hoping for an opportunity to impress scouts -- and once that opportunity arrived, Washington was able to capitalize.

He didn’t generate much NFL buzz with a quiet senior season (22 tackles, three tackles for a loss, half a sack), but Washington has turned heads across the league with a series of impressive performances in pre-draft workouts.

“I was kind of at the bottom,” Washington said. “Between the Senior Bowl and the combine and what I’ve been able to do [last week at Georgia’s pro day], my stock I feel like is rising and I’m very proud of that.”

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Three to watch at UGA pro day

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Branden SmithScott Cunningham/Getty ImagesBranden Smith didn't get an invitation to the NFL combine in February, but the speedy CB will have a legitimate chance Thursday to increase his stock.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia has had three players picked in the first round of the NFL draft in the last four years. None of them were defensive players, extending a strange streak of seven straight years in which the Bulldogs have not had a defender become a first-round pick.

That will almost certainly change on April 25, when the league opens its three-day draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall -- Bulldogs defenders Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and John Jenkins are all first-rounders in ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft, while Ogletree and Jones are first-round picks in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s most recent mock -- but Thursday’s pro day workouts at Georgia’s practice facility could greatly impact those projections.

It’s obviously a big day for Jones, who did not work out at the NFL combine in February, but that’s also the case for several of his former teammates who will participate in Georgia’s pro day. The Bulldogs are tied with Alabama and Florida State for the most players -- six -- ranked on ESPN Scouts Inc.’s list of the top 115 prospects in the draft -- Ogletree (No. 12), Jones (No. 16), Jenkins (No. 25), Bacarri Rambo (No. 86), Shawn Williams (No. 92) and Tavarres King (No. 115). Thursday’s pro day will surely be well attended by NFL scouts and personnel execs. It’s a perfect opportunity for ex-Bulldogs who don’t have the draft profile of an Ogletree or Jones to catch somebody’s eye.

Let’s take a look at three players who can each help his own cause at Thursday’s pro day workouts:

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NFL field seems to suit UGA's Jones 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- EverBank Field has been awfully good to Jarvis Jones.

The Georgia outside linebacker produced the two most memorable performances of his career against rival Florida at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ home stadium -- and that’s saying something, considering he was a first-team All-American last season.

The next time he takes this field, he might well be a member of the Jaguars.

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Ogletree sees flaws in first game back 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Alec Ogletree says he did a lot wrong in his first game of the season -- and that’s a bad sign for the offenses Georgia and its junior linebacker will defend down the stretch.

Ogletree was all over the field last weekend against Tennessee in his return from a four-game suspension, recording a career-high 14 tackles and nearly intercepting three passes -- one of which he tipped high into the air, leading to an interception by cornerback Damian Swann.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- No team was better represented than Georgia when ESPN Scouts Inc. recently released its top 32 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft.

No other team had more than three prospects on the list. Georgia had four off its defense alone, led by senior nose guard John Jenkins, the No. 5 overall prospect on the list. And that status did not surprise Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham -- who spent 11 seasons as an NFL assistant before joining Mark Richt’s UGA staff in 2010 -- one bit.

“I evaluated defensive linemen in pro football for 11 years, and I know what first-round picks look like, and I know what they can be,” Grantham said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think for him to get to where he wants to go and for that to be true, he’s obviously got to continue to work hard this year, but I can tell you that he’s a really good player in my mind, and he can achieve a lot of goals he set for himself this year.”

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Intriguing players for 2013 NFL draft

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Todd McShay examines three players who could be gems and looks ahead to top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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