Georgia keeps putting players in the league year after year, and they are a proven producer and developer of talent, especially during Mark Richt’s tenure. And this year is no different, with Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, among others, as top-round picks.
But let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Georgia has had 28 players selected in the NFL Draft in the last five years. And they will certainly increase that mark this year with several notable first-day selections.
- Cordy Glenn, Buffalo (2nd round)
- Ben Jones, Houston (4th round)
- Orson Charles, Cincinnati (4th round)
- Brandon Boykin, Philadelphia (4th round)
- Blair Walsh, Minnesota (6th round)
- Justin Anderson, Indianapolis (7th round)
- DeAngelo Tyson, Baltimore (7th round)
- AJ Green, Cincinnati (1st round)
- Justin Houston, Kansas City (3rd round)
- Akeem Dent, Atlanta (3rd round)
- Clint Boling, Cincinnati (4th round)
- Kris Durham, Seattle (4th round)
- Shaun Chapas, Dallas (7th round)
- Rennie Curran, Tennessee (3rd round)
- Geno Atkins, Cincinnati (4th round)
- Reshad Jones, Miami (5th round)
- Jeff Owens, Philadelphia (7th round)
- Kade Weston, New England (7th round)
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit (1st round)
- Knowshon Moreno, Denver (1st round)
- Mohamed Massaquoi, Cleveland (2nd round)
- Asher Allen, Minnesota (3rd round)
- Corvey Irvin, Carolina (3rd round)
- Jarius Wynn, Green Bay (6th round)
- Marcus Howard, Indianapolis (5th round)
- Thomas Brown, Atlanta (6th round)
- Chester Adams, Chicago (7th round)
- Brandon Coutu, Seattle (7th round)
Best Pro: AJ Green is developing into one of the finest receivers in the NFL. And we knew he was going to be good, but he’s developed into greatness in just his second year. In ‘12, Green caught 97 passes for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s combined for 162 catches for 2,407 yards in just two seasons, and nabbed 18 touchdowns. Julio Jones can’t even top those types of numbers. Green is a beast.
Ready for a breakout year: The former No. 12 pick overall in 2009, Knowshon Moreno has had a tough time shaking the bust label associated with his name since he was drafted. However, Moreno could be named one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 season with a stronger comeback than what many expected. He rushed for 525 yards and four touchdowns, and he could be primed for a breakout season as the back who looks like he can do everything for Peyton Manning. Will we see Moreno finally break out?
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