For a team that won the SEC East and finished 10-4, it's surprising to me that the Georgia Bulldogs have only had one player selected in the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. That player was offensive lineman Cordy Glenn who went to the Buffalo Bills with the No. 41 overall pick in the second round.
Georgia has always been a prolific producer of NFL talent, but it appears that this year is going to be a down year for the Dawgs. With that being said, fans can still expect C Ben Jones, CB Brandon Boykin, and TE Orson Charles to get drafted somewhere in the last four rounds on Saturday.
With just four drafted players (hopefully), this would be the least successful draft for the Bulldogs since 2008. There were just four players taken that year and the highest was selected in the fifth round. In 2011 the Bulldogs had six players taken (three in the first three rounds). Since 2000, Georgia has had 67 players drafted into the NFL and is considered one of the top national college programs for NFL talent. Then again, it's a bad year for some other big programs. Neither Texas, Florida, nor Florida State have had a player drafted in the first three rounds of the 2012 Draft.
Glenn goes to the Buffalo Bills where he could compete for a starting tackle or guard position right away. He had a highly productive career at the University of Georgia where he started 50 games. Glenn made a name for himself with football fans by choosing not to stick around at the draft for the second night on Friday after he went undrafted after the first round. He had been invited by the NFL on the first night but clearly didn't want to spend another potentially embarrassing night in front of the cameras.
Of the players left to be drafted for the Broncos, I'm most concerned about Orson Charles. Charles left school early as a junior after tying the record for touchdown catches by a tight end (10). He was considered the second-best tight end in this draft and was rated as high as the 38th-best prospect overall by Scouts, Inc. Charles' draft prospects took a dive in March when he was arrested for a DUI in Athens, and he undoubtedly hurt himself greatly as a result of that huge mistake. He should still be drafted, but it will be much later than originally planned.
Julie is a football fan who grew up in Georgia (and went to school there) rooting for the Bulldogs. She was pleased with the SEC East title this past season, but hopes for the Bulldogs to begin to catch up to Alabama and LSU in the SEC soon.