As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals took A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick, while Justin Houston’s reported recent indiscretion caused him to fall out of the second round altogether. Akeem Dent also was taken in the third round, going to the hometown Atlanta Falcons. After choosing just five Bulldogs in their history through 2005, the Dirty Birds have selected three Georgia players in the last six drafts.
Likewise, two Bulldogs were taken in the fourth round, with Clint Boling joining Green in Cincinnati and Kris Durham being scooped up by the Seattle Seahawks. Boling, who was selected 101st overall, is the eleventh Georgia player to have been chosen by the Bengals in the draft. Durham went 107th, which was good news for fans of the Red and Black, who feared the receiver might have to make it into the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
To the apparent chagrin of fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Shaun Chapas was the last Bulldog off the board, going in the seventh round as the overall 220th pick. The Cowboys’ choice of Chapas enabled Georgia to tie the LSU Tigers as the SEC team to have sent the most players to the NFL in this year’s draft.
The Bulldogs have now had 27 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including seven top five picks and four who went No. 1 overall: Frank Sinkwich in 1943, Charley Trippi in 1947, Harry Babcock in 1953, and Matthew Stafford in 2009. The Bengals’ selection of Green made this the second draft in the last three years to see at least one Georgia player chosen in the first round. However, since seeing Thomas Davis and David Pollack taken 14th and 17th overall, respectively, in 2005, the Red and Black have had just three players go in the first round.