We’d be happy to keep ‘em all in Athens next year.

Can somebody put this NFL scouting director in touch with all of Georgia’s juniors pondering their NFL draft status?

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29 responses to “We’d be happy to keep ‘em all in Athens next year.

  1. Does that guy even know how many players UGA has in the NFL?

    I am not sure how well Orson will fit in at the pro level. In my opinion, he does not have the prototypical TE body style. He is shorter than most at 6-3 and weighs less at 240. He may end up as a WR.

    Our RS TE Arthur Lynch on the other hand is a beast at 6-5, 275. He is in the mold of a Gronkowski, Kevin Boss or Jeremy Shockey. If Lynch lives up to the paper, then I can see him being a very good pro.

  2. James Stephenson

    And you never know what happens. Sometimes when guys get in the pros a light goes off. Sometimes it never does. Drafting, much like recruiting is a crap shoot. Sure some guys look like the have the right stuff in High School, but end up being Mediocre when everyone around them is as good or better.

  3. Puffdawg

    I don’t really follow the draft but 5 of the first 6 mock drafts on my google search had Cordy in the first round. “Mid round” would be a pretty precipitous drop

  4. The other Doug

    Seems like Orson Charles had a lot of false starts this year and some of them were at bad times.

  5. “Typical Georgia guys”?

    I’ll take it as a compliment, actually.

    • AusDawg85

      Agree. I think he’s acknowledging we contribute a lot of players to the NFL. In any given draft, how many players does one team expect to have that are among the top 64 or so in the nation (first or second rounders)?

  6. charlottedawg

    am i the only one who feels like it’s been a long time since there were a bunch of players on DEFENSE that we’re looking forward to if not hoping to see return?

    • Biggus Rickus

      2004 was probably the last time.

    • It’s not just your imagination. This tidbit about the Richt era still amazes me: After having eight defensive players taken second round or better through 2006, Georgia hasn’t had one since Tim Jennings was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft.

      Of course we’ve had several good, productive players and guys make NFL rosters since then, but that elite first and second round talent has been missing. Is that because of recruiting or a failure to develop talent? Both? That’s another topic. For a few years the offense dominated our top draft picks. But we might finally have a few of those guys back on the defensive side of the ball.

      • The Lone Stranger

        That scout’s comment then, though having the sound of snark, is right on the money for the past half decade. And, well, the proof has been in the pudding for the past four years at least: Dawgs had allowed more than 20 ppg each year since 2007, and were sacking no one over those final three seasons.

        Those numbers turned around notably in 2011 — 15th in Sacks (2.6/gm.) and 7th in Tackles for Loss (7.2/gm.). The D is ascending and will begin to land plenty more highly drafted players in the years ahead. I can see more potential for chaos coming off the edges in these two most recent recruiting cycles.

        • Raleigh St. Clair

          It’s too bad that our defensive recruiting effort this year has been very poor.

          We lost Turene yesterday, so we’re down to Plan C type guys at MLB, which is frustrating, especially in light of the fact that Alabama had 3 of the top 10 ILBs in the country committed.

          The results of 6-7 campaign are really comic to roost.

          1 “Dream Team” doesn’t cut it when Bama and LSU are yearly bringing in classes of that caliber.

          We’ve still got a ways to go.

  7. Macallanlover

    I can’t disagree with his assessment, we don’t have a player who would go in the first round, perhaps we may have one in the second. Our juniors would be wise to return as none of them will be top money guys in the 2012 draft, possible exception of OC, but some are just so enamored with getting anything with a few zeroes behind it they will sell out to the early bidder. For once I don’t have any major fears about the early departure guys, unless they all opt out, we have decent depth at these positions.

    One thing that surprised me in that article is the comment about the ball being different in the pros. I never knew that, anyone know if that is true and what the differences are?

  8. DarrrenRovelll

    Unfortunately this is just 1 NFL scout and not all of them. I would guess that if he is affiliated with a specific team it’s one that has typically not drafted or signed many UGA guys. But since we have a bunch of players in the league, we know that there a quite a few scouts who view UGA players differently.

    NFL scouts have their own biases towards schools, coaching styles etc.

    Heck there was even a school of thought last year that teams should not draft Andy Dalton since there has never been a really good red-headed QB in the NFL.

    So yes many of them are insane.

    • NFL scouts do shitty jobs all the time. Just look at the Cleveland organization. Or the Lions under Matt Millen.

      It’s tough to take the word of a scout from one organization without even knowing who it is. Some of them are very bad at their jobs, and if the guy quoted in the article is, say, the Redskins scouting director… then I really don’t think he has a clue.

      • Also, it’s worth mentioning that a scout for one organization only knows how HIS scouting team thinks of certain players. A scout for New England might have told you that they wouldn’t expect Tim Tebow to get drafted before the 4th round, but Denver’s scouts felt differently.

  9. I think the HC background has something to do with the emphasis on the high school recruits taken by a team. Richt is a former OC therefore has likely preference for the skill players on that side of the ball. Saban is known to be a defensive guru and thus the kind of players he gets. The coming of CTG however changed the dynamics at Athens and thus we are seeing the change from the previous seasons where UGA had an OC that started from no solid experience.

  10. AlphaDawg

    Its my understanding that its a brand new ball. The Kickers don’t get to touch the thing until they’re having to kick. They used to get the balls right before the game, and were able to break them in a little bit. Thats why you always see them trying to squeeze it(making it round) prior to kick offs.

    I somewhat agree with his assessment, though I can see 3 players being in the 1st 3 rounds. Boykin, Glenn, OC, or even Ben Jones. All it takes is a team needing a battle tested center(Falcons?). I’d love to see OC return. The Falcons are gonna need to draft a TE in the next couple of drafts.

  11. jferg

    Ask the Cincy Bengals about UGA NFL talent. Pollack, Thurman, Roland, Boling, AJ–and I feel there may have been/are a couple of others. For all intents and purposes, they are UGA-North.

  12. Dog in Fla

    “The offensive line doesn’t have the studs like it did a decade or so ago.”

    Which may lead her to also ask