Georgia Bulldogs: NFL draft

UGA could have another big draft in 2014 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Fourteen former Georgia players punched their ticket into professional football over the last few days, as eight Bulldogs were picked in the NFL draft and six more signed as free agents.

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Dak Dillon/US PresswireAaron Murray's production and style of play could make him a high draft pick.
The eight selections -- linebacker Jarvis Jones (Pittsburgh), linebacker Alec Ogletree (St. Louis), defensive lineman John Jenkins (New Orleans), safety Shawn Williams (Cincinnati), receiver Tavarres King (Denver), cornerback Sanders Commings (Kansas City), defensive end Cornelius Washington (Chicago) and safety Bacarri Rambo (Washington) -- tied the program record for the most in one year.

Add in the free agent deals for receiver Marlon Brown (Houston), nose guard Kwame Geathers (San Diego), linebacker Michael Gilliard (St. Louis), defensive end Abry Jones (Jacksonville), linebacker Christian Robinson (St. Louis) and cornerback Branden Smith (Tampa Bay), and Georgia will be among the best-represented college programs in the NFL rookie camps that will take place over the next couple of weeks.

The numerous NFL departures naturally lead us to begin looking toward next year and how it might shape up for Bulldogs in the draft. Although this will be a smaller group of rising seniors than the ones who are now beginning their professional careers, the number of UGA draft picks in 2014 still could rank among the top college programs.

Among Georgia seniors who are most likely to be picked:

1. Quarterback Aaron Murray: Murray might have been a valuable prospect in the 2013 draft, because of this year’s underwhelming quarterback draft class. He still figures to rank among the top players at his position in the 2014 class, though, particularly if he posts another season with 3,000-plus passing yards and etches his name atop the SEC passing record book, as expected. He’ll have to contend with quarterbacks like Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd for top billing, but a big senior season would keep him in the conversation among the best players at the position.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Jarvis Jones fully understood the stakes involved when representatives of all 32 NFL teams showed up Thursday morning to take in the Bulldogs’ pro day.

Having skipped the workouts at last month’s NFL combine, the two-time All-American -- already one of the most highly scrutinized prospects in this year’s draft -- knew he would attract more eyeballs than any of his 16 former teammates who also participated in the workouts.

“When you look at it, right here is one of the biggest interviews right now that I’m going to have in my life,” Jones said.

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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 

October, 28, 2012
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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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Roundtable: Dawg set for most NFL props? 

May, 23, 2012
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Seven players from Georgia’s 2012 team were taken last month in the NFL draft, tying for the second-highest number of players drafted, behind Alabama’s eight. Considering that at least five players from the Georgia defense could have left early, the Bulldogs might then have led the nation in players taken. The DawgNation Roundtable this week focuses on the players who were drafted, and their potential NFL success.

“Of the Georgia players drafted, who do you think will have the most successful NFL career?”

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireFormer UGA center Ben Jones is versatile enough to help the Houston Texans at guard as well.
David Ching: The most obvious here is Cordy Glenn, whose size and versatility should keep him in the NFL for a long time. There is a reason so many NFL draft analysts projected him as a possible first-round pick with the potential to become an All-Pro guard. Even if he plays right tackle in the league, the Buffalo Bills have a mainstay on their offensive line for years to come.

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Watch Saturday's Rounds 4-7 live on WatchESPN.com.

Day 2 of the NFL draft has come and gone with only one Georgia player -- offensive lineman Cordy Glenn -- being picked.

Projected by many draft experts as a first-round pick, Glenn slipped to the second round, where the Buffalo Bills grabbed him with the 41st pick. Former Bulldogs Brandon Boykin and Orson Charles both had hopes of landing in the second or third rounds, but neither player made it off the board by the end of the night.

Rounds 4-7 will begin Saturday at noon ET on ESPN, with Boykin, Charles and several other ex-Bulldogs hoping to hear their names called on the draft’s final day.

Center Ben Jones, punter Drew Butler, defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson and kicker Blair Walsh are also among the potential ex-Bulldog draft picks. Several more should have the opportunity to sign deals with NFL clubs as undrafted free agents.
Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn became the first Georgia player selected in the NFL draft Friday night when the Buffalo Bills picked him 41st overall in the second round, which he described as "probably the happiest moment of my life."

Glenn admitted he was surprised that he lasted until the second round, but said he was pleased that he wound up with Buffalo, one of his favorite teams.

"I did actually," Glenn said. "But things happen for a reason. I am just happy to be with the Bills."

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Recruiting rewind: NFL draftees

April, 26, 2012
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Recruiting Rewind Insider: Looking back at the top prospects in the NFL draft, including UGA's Cordy Glenn, reveals how far former top-notch recruits have come -- as well as how different college football could have been had some recruiting battles gone another way.
Insider ESPN's Todd McShay will have a final update on the first round Thursday morning in the hours leading up to the first overall pick, but here's a match-up of prospects to team needs up and down the board, which includes Georgia's Cordy Glenn going to Cleveland in the first round and Orson Charles heading just down the road to the Falcons in the third round.

Scouts Inc.'s NFL draft cheat sheets

April, 25, 2012
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Scouts Inc. breaks down the 2012 class in each position group, including the top prospects in each of the position-specific categories Scouts uses in evaluations, along with a listing of all draft-ready prospects, four-year combine averages, picks in Rounds 1-2, and three-year market trends for each position.

Offense
Quarterback
Running back
Wide receiver
Tight end
Offensive lineman

Defense
Defensive lineman
Linebacker
Defensive back

Boykin won’t compete at NFL combine 

February, 27, 2012
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Georgia's Brandon Boykin is in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine, but he won't compete when the defensive backs hit the field Tuesday.

Boykin hasn't fully recovered from a leg fracture he sustained last month when he was blocked in the back while covering a punt at the Senior Bowl. He says he's already walking on the leg and should make a full recovery soon, but he has not healed well enough to participate in the combine or in Georgia's pro day next week.

Boykin is eyeing an individual pro day sometime in April.

To hear an update from the man himself, here is a six-minute audio interview Boykin gave on the weekend in Indianapolis.

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With the NFL combine now less than a week away (Feb. 22-28), Mel Kiper Jr. lists the top five prospects by position for the 2012 NFL draft.

Georgia's Orson Charles and OL Cordy Glenn both rank second among all draftees at their respective positions. Read.

NFL draft: Should Colts look at Glenn? 

February, 13, 2012
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It's fairly evident the Indianapolis Colts will pick a quarterback -- most likely Stanford's Andrew Luck -- with the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

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MOBILE, Ala. -- For Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn, the Senior Bowl has had the flavor of home.

When the two Georgia offensive linemen get done with practice, they pack up and head back to the hotel together and share a room. While most of the players at the annual all-star game struggle with the new environment, Jones and Glenn find comfort in the familiar.

“It’s just a little more comfortable,” Jones said. “You have someone to talk to. You can chit-chat.“

Said Glenn, “It’s not like you have to try and make a new friend while sometimes you just want to relax. It’s kind of cool to know someone you’ve known for years, like a comfort zone almost.”

[Watch: Todd McShay's Senior Bowl standouts]

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Dungy, former Dawgs counselled Charles 

January, 11, 2012
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Junior tight end Orson Charles told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he would forgo his senior season with the Georgia Bulldogs and declare himself eligible for the 2012 NFL draft.

“I will be entering the draft,” Charles said. “I just felt like I met the majority of all my goals. I felt like I have grown spiritually. Like Coach [Mark] Richt says, that is the first thing you have to do. I felt like I have grown as a player. And just praying about it, I felt like, with my family situation, I was read to enter the draft.”

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Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesOrson Charles' next venture is the Walter Camp Weekend, after which he'll return home and pack his bags to leave for the NFL.
With the Jan. 15 deadline for declaring just days away, Charles rather recently made his choice.

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