The 2010 NFL Draft is officially over and the prognosis for the Georgia Bulldogs was good—depending on your perspective.
All of the Dawgs who expected to be drafted, were, but not necessarily when they expected.
Below are the names of those who were picked up
1. Rennie Curran: Tennesse Titans, Rd. 3 (No. 97 overall)
2. Geno Atkins: Cincinnati Bengals, Rd. 4 (No. 120 overall)
3. Reshad Jones: Miami Dolphins, Rd. 5 (No. 163 overall)
4. Jeff Owens: Philadelphia Eagles, Rd. 7 (No. 243 overall)
5. Kade Weston: New England Patriots, Rd. 7 (No. 248 overall)
Overall, the count for Georgia Bulldogs taken was five, with Rennie being the earliest player taken. It was a stark contrast to last season which saw Matthew Stafford, Mohammed Massaquoi, and Knowshon Moreno selected in the first two rounds.
The big surprise was how long both Geno Atkins and Reshad Jones went undrafted. Both were projected to go in the first three rounds.
Jeff Owens took to his Twitter account to voice his displeasure after four rounds were in the books, stating:
“Now in the 5th round still waiting on a phone call…Going into camp
with a chip on my shoulder”
It’s hard to imagine that Reshad Jones didn’t feel much the same as he was thought to be the third best safety in te draft yet watched many go before he was selected.
His long wait inspired many fans and draftniks alike to say he would have been better served to play out his senior season with Georgia.
Michael Moore, who came on late after a great Pro Day, was not drafted. However, he was offered a free agent contract by the Detroit Lions late Saturday evening. He will be reunited with former Georgia quarterback, Matthew Stafford. After learning of his new team, Moore tweeted this: “Aaahhhhhh!!!!!!!…I just wanna get up there now and get to work!!!!…”
Prince Miller (CB) and Bryan Evans (S) have also been extended opportunities by the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively. The Bengals have shown much love for the Dawgs in recent years.
As a whole, the SEC was well-represented with 15 players taken in the first round, starting with Tennessee safety Eric Berry.
It will be interesting to see where the, now free agent, Georgia players land.