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There's little in the way of excitement for Falcons fans during Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft - Atlanta is without a first round pick following their 2011 blockbuster trade for wide receiver Julio Jones, and won't have a player announced on the podium until late in Friday's second round.
However, local products Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) are both thought to be first round prospects (Mike Mayock's final mock draft at NFL.com projects Glenn to the Steelers at No. 24 and Hill to the Titans at No. 20).
Falcons fans will have to take solace in Wednesday's trade for cornerback Asante Samuel, as well as a reminder of why they're sitting absent a pick on Thursday night (audio is delightfully ATLien, but decidedly NSFW):
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Georgia Bulldogs star offensive lineman Cordy Glenn has been selected in the latest NFL Mock Draft at SB Nation to go to the Cincinnati Bengals as the 21st overall selection and the teams second pick in the first round.
The Bengals are looking to fine-tune their offense and could take a skill position player with this pick, but taking Glenn gives the team a gifted athlete with a nice ability to pick up blitzes, which is definitely an endearing quality if he is going to block for a young quarterback like Andy Dalton.
This was the line Ryan Van Bibber dropped on the Glenn selection after having the Bengals pick corner back Stephen Gilmore of South Carolina at 17th :
"Kind of an unexciting pick these days. The Bengals could be smart to add another offensive skill player here, a receiver or even a running back like Doug Martin. A lineman of Glenn's ability helps the offense too."
Glenn, who was initially seen as a second-or-third round pick, is now being projected to go No. 20 to the Tennessee Titans:
20. Tennessee Titans: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn
Glenn is a powerful body who can maul defenders in the run game and more than hold his own inside vs. the pass. A potential Pro Bowl-caliber option at guard who should be an ideal power player for the Titans.
Hill, meanwhile, has taken advantage of his phenomenal Combine times to work his way into the back end of the first round, with the San Francisco 49ers projected to take him at No. 30:
30. San Francisco 49ers: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
Hill is going to need to become a more consistent route runner. However, at 6-5 he showcases some natural short-area quickness to his game and knows how to go up and get the football vertically. He's one of the draft's elite size/speed combos at the receiver spot and his stock is on the rise.
Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill is fast becoming a favorite sleeper pick for teams shopping wideouts in the first round, partly because he's flown under the radar (playing in the Yellow Jackets' triple option will do that - Hill's primary role at Georgia Tech was as a blocker, and he finished with just over 1,500 career receiving yards) compared to Baylor's Kendall Wright and Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon:
Among the teams looking at Hill are the Houston Texans, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills, all of whom are looking for help at the position assuming the Rams will take Blackmon with the No. 6 overall pick. Despite his relative anonymity on the college scene, plenty of clubs are excited about Hill's potential at 6-foot-4, 215 lbs and with blazing speed.
The Bengals have a young, second-year quarterback in Andy Dalton who led them to a first round AFC playoff appearance in the 2011 season. Dalton, along with more young talent in Cincinnati, is what the Bengals want to build around and bringing in Glenn would be a step in that direction. That's why this has been a steady pick in the mock draft for the team.
Here is what Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation had to say about the Glenn selection for the Bengals:
"This pick is unchanged from the last mock. Glenn has the makings of an elite lineman. His best position may be guard, but he has the raw athleticism to play left tackle."
With the NFL Draft just around the corner Brandon Boykin is finding things uncomfortable siting on the sidelines. Boykin suffered a cracked fibula during the senior bowl and was forced to sit out the NFL Combine and Georgia's pro day in Athens.
The injury hasn't hurt Boykin's stock as of yet but it has prevented him from improving it. He is expected to be drafted in either the second or third round of the NFL Draft and has visited with many teams including the Atlanta Falcons. Since he hasn't been cleared to run or workout for teams, Boykin has had to try and impress teams another way.
"The key for me is showing my intelligence [and] my knowledge of the game," Boykin said. "Not being able to do everything at this point, that's all I can really focus on. I can just tell them the things that I'm capable of, but mainly my film work will have to speak for itself."
The Atlanta Falcons have less draft assets to work with than most other NFL franchises as a result of the Julio Jones trade from the 2011 draft, but they’re still doing their homework on mid-round guys who could pay major dividends. Small school cornerback Trumaine Johnson from Montana is one such player who Aaron Wilson reports that the Falcons have worked out privately for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Several other teams are reportedly in on Johnson, who is considered one of the top small school prospects available. Wilson names the Eagles, Bears, Jets and Bengals among others. However, the Falcons history with Montana players might make a difference, writes Len Pasquarelli:
The people who suggest that a team likes guys from certain colleges probably read too much into coincidental preferences. That said, no one should overlook the visit that Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson made to Atlanta recently. The Falcons have had some success with Montana players (Shann Schillinger, Kroy Biermann) in recent years but, far more important, like Johnson and his size.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post compares him to Baltimore Ravens corner Jimmy Smith and has him as the No. 11 corner in the draft. He writes:
A talented kid who physically/athletic reminds me a lot of Jimmy Smith (Baltimore Ravens). Now, he’s not as experienced as a pressman as Smith was, but has the same type of upside and can be a similar player if he commits himself fully to the game at the next.
Mel Kiper had Johnson going in the second round to the Lions at No. 54 in his most recent mock. That’s one slot before the Falcons will pick for the first time.
For more on the Atlanta Falcons and the upcoming NFL Draft, head to The Falcoholic.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the NFL has extended invitations to future draft picks and 26 NFL hopefuls will be attending, which is one more than last year. Of the 26 players attending, two will be coming from Georgia colleges: Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Cordy Glenn and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill.
They are, in alphabetical order: Alabama safety Mark Barron; Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon; LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers; LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne; North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples; Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox; Stanford tight end Coby Fleener; Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd; South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore; Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn; Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III; Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower; Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill; South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram; USC tackle Matt Kalil; Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick; Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck; Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin; USC defensive end Nick Perry; Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe; LSU receiver Rueben Randle; Alabama running back Trent Richardson; Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still; Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill; Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw; Baylor receiver Kendall Wright.
Both Glenn and Hill are considered to be first-round talents and could easily find themselves selected by teams in the first round.
Former Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Cordy Glenn is likely going to be a first-round pick when the NFL Draft kicks off in a couple of weeks. He was able to play both offensive tackle and guard positions, but many scouts like him as a guard in the NFL more than they do at tackle. The team most often linked with Glenn is the Cincinnati Bengals, who have been mocked to select him with their second first-round pick at No. 21.
SB Nation recently did an entire string of profiles on draft prospects, and here is Cordy Glenn's. Enjoy.
Glenn is considered this draft class' second-best guard after Stanford's David DeCastro. At tackle, he would likely be considered a top-five prospect.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been targeting an offensive lineman in the draft, and Georgia's Cordy Glenn may be the one who falls in their laps at the 17th pick.
While the Bengals are hoping for lineman that should go a little earlier than their pick, getting Glenn wouldn't be a bad consolation prize at all, according to SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber.
The Bengals would reportedly love to have DeCastro as a replacement to the inconsistent Nate Livings. They get Cordy Glenn instead, and should be thrilled about it.
Glenn is praised for his versatility having played both tackle and guard while at Georgia. He was a first-team All-SEC left tackle last season, his first year playing the position for the Bulldogs.
Stephen Hill can thank Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas for making the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver core impossible to ignore. Johnson is arguably the best wideout in football and Thomas is emerging as a potential Pro-Bowl caliber receiver. Stephen Hill has the athletic gifts similar to Johnson and Thomas and he's just as raw and unpolished as his predecessors.
However, there are some that see Hill's game as flawed and his inexperience at the wide receiver position as an issue. Dan Pompei of National Football Post discussed with college scouts about Hill's prospects moving forward:
Wide receiver—Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech. In the triple option offense, Hill’s primary role was to block. He had only 1,248 receiving yards in college. The routes he was asked to run were pretty much straight ahead or slants. Hill may be the most gifted wide receiver in the draft, but he needs to learn to run routes and get in and out of breaks.
In SB Nation's NFL draft blog, Mocking the Draft's most recent mock draft, Cordy Glenn and Stephen Hill, both coming from Georgia schools, are taken off the board in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The first one to go off the board is Georgia Bulldogs guard Cordy Glenn, who is predicted to be selected with the No. 21 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cordy Glenn | Offensive tackle/guard | Georgia: Cordy Glenn is a talented offensive line prospect and has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line in the NFL, though I think his best fit is at guard. The Bengals need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line.
Glenn would likely contribute immediately at the right guard position for the Bengals, who are looking to solidify the offensive line after losing guards Nate Livings and Mike McGlynn in free agency. With Glenn at right guard, the Bengals could have one of their better offensive lines in recent years.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill isn't predicted to be taken off the board too terribly long after Glenn is. In fact, he's predicted to be selected by the Houston Texans, who defeated the Bengals in the wildcard round of the 2011 playoffs.
Stephen Hill | Wide Receiver | Georgia Tech: Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the game, but the Texans lack a legitimate threat across from him. Stephen Hill has been phenomenal in the pre-draft process and deserves to sneak into the first round.
Hill has really improved his draft stock this offseason. He could easily be targeted by the Texans, who need a No. 2 receiver to play opposite of Andre Johnson that can eventually take over the No. 1 receiver responsibilities. Since Johnson has had durability issues lately, Hill could find himself as Matt Schaub's top target in the coming season if they decide to select him with their first round pick.
In the latest mock draft for the 2012 NFL Draft from Ryan Van Bibber, Cordy Glenn finds his stock about the same as it has been -- near the middle heading to a team in need of significant help along the offensive line. For now, the Georgia guard/tackle would be heading to the Chicago Bears at No. 19 to help protect Jay Cutler. SB Nation's Van Bibber writes:
A fast riser up draft boards, Glenn excels on the inside at guard, but has plenty to offer teams on the outside. Pass rusher is another option here.
Glenn would certainly add ability and versatility to a line that has a great need for it. The team has already added major offensive components in back-up quarterback Jason Campbell, running back Michael Bush and the trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Now it's a matter of protecting the front and Glenn would be a great addition to the team in that regard.
."As a reminder, we're projecting the Bengals and Cardinals trade places at No. 17 and 13, with the Cardinals picking up an extra draft pick or so (a second?) in exchange for letting Cincy go up and get Trent Richardson. At 17, the Cardinals could still fill their need for an offensive tackle with Glenn or Stanford's Jonathan Martin, or turn their attention to defense and take Alabama 3-4 rush linebacker Courtney Upshaw. But the 6-6, 346-pound Glenn is climbing as the draft approaches, and his blend of size and speed is intriguing, even if Arizona did re-sign veteran tackle Levi Brown."
The offensive lineman is ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the second best player at his position and the 23rd in the draft.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill is projected to go to the San Francisco 49ers to join a club that was just a few bonehead plays and an overtime away from the Super Bowl last season. Here is what Banks had to say about that projection:
The signing of both Randy Moss and Mario Manningham means the 49ers are no longer desperate at receiver, but imagine if they could land a blazer of a deep threat like Hill, whose 4.3 at the combine made everyone sit up and take notice. Alex Smith got over his hurt feelings and re-signed in San Francisco because he knew what was good for him.
Former Georgia tight end Orson Charles was arrested on DUI charges Friday morning.
As the 2012 NFL Draft edges closer and closer, the stock of prospects who perform well in workouts are going to climb higher and higher. Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech is the latest to enjoy a soaring stock and he lands near the end of the first round in the latest mock drafts from both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN. Both have the San Francisco 49ers adding Hill to help Alex Smith with another vertical target in the passing game. Kiper writes:
Hill set Indy ablaze, going sub-4.4 in the 40 while measuring 6-foot-4. San Francisco, meet the deep threat you've been looking for. It's no secret the 49ers need more out of their wide receivers, and Hill brings a new aspect to the table, with elite size and track speed to stretch defenses both for himself, and to open up things underneath. He'll need an adjustment period as he gets used to a more conventional offense, but some team is going to fall in love with the measurables.
McShay agrees with Kiper on this late selection and notes that it is as much about team need as it is about Hill's rave reviews:
This is a big high for a raw prospect like Hill, but with the Patriots and so many other teams looking for size and the ability to stretch the field it won't surprise me to see him off the board this early. Hill (6-4, 215) showed flashes of his big-play ability in 2011 (28 catches, 820 yards), and he had one of the best combine workouts I've ever seen from a wide receiver. The 49ers have a bigger need at cornerback, but with Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn headed for free agency they could be left with Michael Crabtree and a whole lot of nothing at receiver when draft day rolls around.
Depending on various pro days going forward, Hill could continue to climb higher in the first round if Kendall Wright of Baylor continues to fall with unimpressive times.
There are several offensive linemen vying for first round selections in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, but Georgia’s Cordy Glenn has the right size, versatility and skills to make his name stand out among the many. While he’s not predicted to make it as high as other names like Matt Kalil or even Riley Reiff, Glenn is finding himself around the middle of the first round in the latest mocks from ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
Kiper specifically has Glenn going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21 overall, and he would join a line that could use some help with the possibility of Anthony Collins departing in free agency. He writes:
I have guard as one of the top needs for the Bengals, and if they don’t get DeCastro at this spot, Glenn isn’t much of a drop. Cincinnati will have added help in the run game next year, but it also needs to get better up front. Glenn is a guy who has also spent time at tackle, and could be moved there in a pinch, but he dominates on the inside and is surprisingly quick given his huge frame. Another good piece in an offense primed to get better.
Todd McShay has the San Diego Chargers thinking a little more of Glenn, grabbing him with the No. 18 choice. Given the state of the Chargers o-line at this point with injuries to Marcus McNeill and the retirement of Kris Dielman, that’s a solid bet:
The Chargers have a clear need at offensive tackle, and while Glenn struggled early in 2011 after moving from guard to left tackle, he came on late in the season and showed at the Senior Bowl and NFL combine that he has the tools to become a good starting right tackle in the NFL. He has a massive frame (6-foot-5, 346 pounds), plenty of power and good quickness for his size.
Both scenarios place Glenn in a position of need with a playoff caliber team. Even on the best NFL teams, offensive line remains a position of need.
Remember the Julio Jones trade during the 2011 NFL Draft? We thought so. Nowhere could the impact of that move - five draft picks for the Falcons to move up and take the wide receiver from Alabama - be felt so distinctly than if the Cleveland Browns end up taking local product Cordy Glenn, the kind of offensive lineman Atlanta so badly needs going into 2012. SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber predicts just such a scenario:
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta), Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
Since the Browns are opting to go with Colt McCoy or some other half measure at quarterback, they need to beef up the system around him. Glenn has the makings of an elite guard. He also looks like he can legitimately play on the outside in the NFL as well.
Meanwhile, the Houston Texans have been thought to be interested in Baylor wideout Kendall Wright from just up the road in Waco, but Van Bibber says they won't fight to move up for the local boy and go with Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill instead:
26. Houston Texans, Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
If Houston wants a nose tackle, they ought to kick the tires on Paul Soliai who is leaving the Dolphins in free agency. They could even find a cheaper option via some other route since they would be surrounded with talent elsewhere on the defensive line. Upgrading their offense is a priority if the Texans are going to build off last season's incredible run. Hill can be worked in with Andre Johnson, who is still the lead horse in the passing game.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill has been shooting up the mock draft ranks since running a 4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Teams seem to be viewing him as something similar to what Demaryius Thomas was when he emerged as a NFL deep threat after playing in Paul Johnson's run-first-and-second-and-third scheme.
Upgrading their offense is a priority if the Texans are going to build off last season's incredible run. Hill can be worked in with Andre Johnson, who is still the lead horse in the passing game.
The long-awaited Georgia Bulldogs Pro Day workouts of Orson Charles and Brandon Boykin, both of whom missed portions of the NFL Combine, got underway Monday. Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones participated in position drills, but let their Combine workout numbers ride, while offensive lineman Justin Anderson, fullback Bruce Figgins, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, tight end Aron White and safety John Knox worked out fully.
Charles' lackluster 40-yard dash times, which various onlookers clocked anywhere between 4.6 and 4.9, are earning some scorn and derision, but it's a cold and blustery day in Athens. Still, it might've been a better idea to run under the roof at the Combine. Charles says he's displeased with his times and hopes he gets to run for teams again at some point.
Boykin isn't up to running yet, and says he's about "85 percent." He hopes to have a pro day of his own in early April at which he can show off his wheels.
Maybe Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill was right after all. If he can keep his post-NFL Combine momentum going, Hill could end up turning a middlin' college career into a big pay day. SBNation.com's latest 2012 mock draft again puts him in the first round, and this time scoots him up a little bit, all the way to the Houston Texans at No. 26.
Hill's always had the physical talents, but lacked the production of the receiver he's unfairly compared to, Demaryius Thomas.
Elsewhere, our weekly check-in on Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Cordy Glenn continues. He goes No. 21 to the Cincinnati Bengals here, joining former teammate and 2011 pick A.J. Green. And largely thanks to the picks obtained from the Atlanta Falcons in the Julio Jones trade, the Cleveland Browns go up and get Robert Griffin III -- which is actually supposed to happen in real life. You're welcome, Cleveland.
Since the Atlanta Falcons don't have a first round pick this year, our only regional stake in SBNation.com's excellent weekly 2012 mock drafts has been tracking where Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Cordy Glenn winds up. In this week's mock draft, however, the Peach Stater gets another item of specific local interest.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill, who stunned many by declaring for the draft after a college career that didn't bowl anybody over, is riding high after running two 4.3 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine. So high that David Fucillo has him going No. 30 to the San Francisco 49ers:
The 49ers have some issues at wide receiver, based on both the struggles in the NFC Championship Game and the fact that they only have three under contract once free agency starts. They will be drafting a wide receiver at some point, and if they do go with a first round pick, a guy like Stephen Hill could be a pivotal playmaker for this developing passing attack. He only 28 receptions this past year, but he averaged nearly 30 yards per catch. The 49ers could use something like that.
(Insider info: Fucillo is a Niners fan. This would look quite different if he were sticking the, say, Raiders with Hill.)
I still worry that Hill is going to end up being considered a workout warrior. His Combine numbers were terrific, and he looked good in drills, but he didn't have the college production Demaryius Thomas had, and that's with Thomas catching less-accurate passes. But if Hill can prove he has NFL-worthy hands, he could be a steal and show he was right all along.
Former Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Brandon Boykin has decided to push back his official work out for NFL scouts to his pro day March 5 in Athens.
Boykin suffered a leg injury in the Senior Bowl and subsequently has slowed down his ability to work out. Until recently, Boykin was using crutches to get around, but was finally able to put the crutches away and walk on his own power. Former Bulldogs TE Orson Charles also backed out of running at the combine and will run at the UGA pro day after missing workouts while deciding on declaring for the draft.
Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill put his deep-threat speed on display Sunday morning at the NFL Combine. Hill was clocked at 4.30 on his first run and 4.31 on his second. Impressive for a receiver that stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 215 pounds.
Hill wasn't often showcased in the Yellow Jackets' option attack but did have the pension for big plays averaging a whopping 29.3 yards per catch in 2011. Interestingly, the top 5 40-times from wide receivers are fromplayers who played in the ACC last season.
For updates and perspective on Stephen Hill and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, head on over to From the Rumble Seat. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check outSB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.
Orson Charles won't run today. Said he missed two weeks of training after taking time to decide to declare. Will run at pro day.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 25, 2012
Charles will run at the Georgia Bulldogs annual pro day, with the date scheduled to be set next month. With Charles measuring out at 6'2" and 251 pounds, many are expecting him to perform similarly to former Florida Gator and current New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez clocked a 4.64 in 2010, and Charles was projected to run an even faster time for scouts in the 4.5 range.
The most wonderful day of the NFL calendar is here. Fat guys running all day long! It's workout day for offensive linemen, tight ends, and specialists, meaning former Georgia Bulldogs Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, and Justin Anderson are gonna run around all day long! It's the best. Also joining them in running around will be tight end Orson Charles and punter Drew Butler.
Since the Atlanta Falcons are in the market for players of those sorts, save punters, the local pro sports fan should lend an eye as well.
Quarterbacks, wide receivers including Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets product Stephen Hill, and running backs will be interviewed by teams. Defensive linemen and linebackers will be weighed and measured. And defensive backs like Brandon Boykin are just now arriving in Indianapolis. So that's what's happening today.
Here's the full, official schedule.
Just a whole bunch of fat guys running around, spreading joy everywhere they may go. It's all on the NFL Network all day long, so watch it if you like being happy about things.
Former Georgia Bulldogs Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson were in the top five of all offensive linemen invited to the NFL Combine when it came to bench press reps today and tight end Orson Charles had the most reps of any tight end in the draft.
CBSSports.com's Rob Rang came out with the list for bench press reps of all linemen and tight ends at the combine and on that list, Justin Anderson came in second, after Stanford's David DeCastro, with 32 reps, and fellow lineman Cordy Glenn came in fourth with 31. Anderson and Glenn were the only two UGA linemen to attempt to show their stuff on the bench press.
Former Bulldogs tight end Orson Charles impressed by doing more repetitions on the bench press than any other tight end with 35. In fact, the next tight end on the list, Clemson's Dwayne Allen, didn't even break 30, finishing with 27.
These numbers will help the UGA prospects, especially Charles, whose draft stock is likely to rise quite a bit.
As offensive linemen and tight ends weighed in and were measured in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, former Georgia Bulldogs tight end Orson Charles, who is listed as 6-foot-3 and 241 pounds on the UGA website, put on 10 pounds, but is only 6-foot-2. While that may be considered short for an NFL tight end, Charles compares himself to former SEC tight end and current New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 245 pounds.
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Hernandez, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, had an excellent year in New England in 2011, racking up 910 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Amazingly, Hernandez wasn't the most productive tight end on the team as Rob Gronkowski had a record-breaking season.
If scouts and coaches see Charles as the next Hernandez, his draft stock could rise drastically after the combine is over.
The NFL Combine has officially begun as offensive linemen and tight ends have been measured and weighed in. It may seem trivial and look like players are paraded around like prize bulls at an auction, but the fact is that the next few days is one giant job interview and the most important job interview these athletes will every have.
Four former Georgia Bulldogs, three offensive linemen and one tight end, were measured and weighed in today. They were guard/tackle Cordy Glenn, tackle Justin Anderson, center Ben Jones and tight end Orson Charles, and thanks toWalterFootball.com, we have the results.
Glenn, who is projected to be selected in the first round in many mock drafts, stood at 6-foot-5 and weighed 345 pounds with an arm length of 35 and 3/4 inches. Anderson stood at 6-foot-4 and weighed 335 pounds with an arm length of 34 and 5/8 inches. Jones stood at 6-foot-2 and weighed 303 pounds with an arm length of 32 and 1/2 inches. Charles stood at 6-foot-2 and weighed 251 pounds and his arm length was 32 and 1/2 inches with a hand measurement of 9 and 1/4 inches.
The offensive linemen still need to run their 40-yard dashes and do the bench press while the tight ends need to run the 40-yard dashes, bench press, 10-yard split, and measure their vertical leap. Those will begin to be measured tomorrow.
For more on the Bulldogs head to Dawg Sports.
In a nice bit of local football symmetry, Georgia TE Orson Charles, one of the top prospects at the position in the 2012 NFL Draft, has been linked to the Atlanta Falcons in pre-draft discussions.
And while Atlanta still has Tony Gonzalez manning the position, Charles said he would have no problem learning the ropes from someone like the future Hall of Famer:
Orson Charles said he'd be fine with not starting right away. Said he'd love go learn from someone like Tony Gonzalez— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 23, 2012
Gonzalez, at 35 years old, is winding down and there's no better safety blanket for a young QB like Matt Ryan than a TE he can count on to get open on third down.
However, the Falcons have spent heavily on surrounding Ryan with offensive weapons in the last few years, giving up this year's No. 1 pick as part of the Julio Jones trade.
Thursday is an off-the-field day of evaluations for Group 1 (kickers, special teams players, offensive linemen) which includes medical examinations, media sessions (mock press conferences and interviews for players), psychological testing and player interviews with team personnel.
The bulk of the actual physical activity won't start until Friday for Group 1 - they'll have workouts on Friday for special teams players, then drills and on-field tests beginning Saturday.
Of the four Bulldogs, two - Jones and Charles - could be targets of the Atlanta Falcons, who will return veteran Tony Gonzalez and possibly resign veteran Todd McClure to return at center, Jones' collegiate position.
The 2012 NFL Combine, the biggest event of the NFL's pre-draft season, kicks off Wednesday, with kickers, punters, offensive lineman and tight ends set to arrive in Indianapolis.
Former Georgia stars TE Orson Charles and C Ben Jones will be two of the most closely watched players in Group 1.
To better manage the crowds, the more than 300 college stars attending this year have been divided into four groups, with the marquee skill position players not set to arrive until Thursday.
Each group will undergo orientation on their first day, before submitting to media interviews, official measurements and psychological testing on Day 2, interviewing with various interested NFL teams on Day 3 and finally beginning the all-important workouts like the 40-yard dash on Day 4.
The Atlanta Falcons, who do not have a first-round pick this season as part of last year's Julio Jones deal, have been linked to the tight end and offensive line positions in many of the first batch of mock drafts, two of the position groups set to begin the testing and timing section of the Combine on Saturday.
According to National Football Post's Wes Bunting, two Georgia Bulldogs combine invitees are are listed in the top-15 players, pre-combine, heading into the 2012 NFL draft. Those two players are tight end Orson Charles and guard Cordy Glenn.
Bunting lists Charles as the No. 13 player on his pre-combine top-15 list.
A gifted athlete who can create a lot of mismatches in the pass game. Should be able to improve as a route runner as well. Not quite as polished as Aaron Hernandez as an H-back coming out, but could end up playing a similar type role.
Bunting then lists Glenn as the No. 9 player on the list.
Had had some struggles in space as a tackle prospect, but in tighter areas where he can get his hands on linemen quickly as a guard he showcases the ability to dominate. Looks like a starting caliber OG early in his NFL career.
Of course the NFL combine could change things as players can vastly improve or hurt their draft stock. For more on the Georgia Bulldogs, head to Dawgs Sports, and for more on the draft, head to Mocking the Draft.
NFL.com's Mike Mayock recently listed the top five players at each position group heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. Two of those players are former Georgia Bulldogs. They are tight end Orson Charles and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn.
Mayock lists Charles as this year's draft class' top tight end above Stanford's Coby Fleener, Clemson's Dwayne Allen, LSU's Deangelo Peterson and Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green. Many mock drafts have Charles being taken off the board in the second round by the Broncos or Bears.
Glenn, who was ranked earlier as this draft class' second-ranked offensive guard after Stanford's David DeCastro, is now listed as the fifth-ranked offensive tackle. He's behind USC's Matt Kalil, Iowa's Riley Reiff, Stanford's Jonathan Martin and Ohio State's Mike Adams. Mock drafts that list Glenn as a guard have him taken as high as No. 21 in the first round by the Bengals, but if he enters as a tackle, his draft stock could drop somewhat.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are losing a talented wide receiver a year early to the 2012 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Stephen Hill announced his intent to enter the draft as a junior and could potentially make a splash in the pros sooner rather than later.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post recently posted an article about Hill, suggesting that the Yellow Jackets wideout might be the best big play threat in this year's NFL Draft.
Has a unique skill set, can pluck off his frame, track the football and is the next big time talent from the Georgia Tech program. Is going to need some time to develop, but can come in and track football vertically early on. Has a lot of upside to his game and the skill set says he's an NFL starter.
Bunting notes that Hill is an underclassman and that he has no notable weaknesses, but will definitely need time and development to realize his full potential. He grades him as a player will all the tools to become a pro starter, but will need to overcome his inconsistencies in order to succeed.
For updates and perspective on Stephen Hill and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, head on over to From the Rumble Seat. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.
Monday, the NFL announced the official schedule of pro days, during which college campuses host departing players and local invitees for workouts observed by scouts. Other than the NFL Combine, it's the key period for team scouts to work out and interview players. Expect Alabama's to outdraw Colgate's, I'm saying.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will give junior Stephen Hill, along with seniors presumably including Roddy Jones, Steven Sylvester and Jason Peters, a chance to work out on March 6. Last year, Tech players had to work out indoors due to weather. No date has yet been announced for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Dates to watch for the Atlanta Falcons include ... all of them? They've been most frequently attached to tight ends for some reason, so keep an eye on those Stanford and Louisiana-Lafayette workouts, among others.
According to the the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, the five deepest positions in this year's NFL draft are wide receiver, guard, quarterback, cornerback and running back. Bunting believes that these five positions have the most players that could be selected in the top-100 picks and there are two Georgia Bulldogs on the list at three different positions: guard Cordy Glenn and cornerback Brandon Boykin, plus Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill.
On Glenn, Bunting lists him as this year's draft class' second best guard after Stanford's David DeCastro.
From top to bottom this might be the most impressive offensive guard class I've seen since I've been doing this. There is a pair of potential first round picks in Stanford's David DeCastro and Georgia's Cordy Glenn, with a number of potential second/third round options who have the ability to come in and play at a high level early in their NFL career.
As for the cornerbacks, Georgia's Brandon Boykin is listed as the fourth best corner in the very deep corner class. He's listed behind LSU's Morris Claiborne, Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick and North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins.
From February 22-28, over 300 college players will be invited to the official NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. This is the ultimate opportunity for the top prospects in the country to demonstrate their individual skills in front of evaluators and coaches from all 32 NFL teams.
Among the invitees are players from the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who will get their opportunities to impress in just a few short weeks. The combine could potentially raise their individual stock one last time before the 2012 NFL Draft.
The lone invitee from the Yellow Jackets is WO Stephen Hill.
For all news and information regarding the Georgia Bulldogs, please visit Dawg Sports. For updates and perspective on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, head on over to From the Rumble Seat. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's 2012 NFL Draft page and Mocking the Draft.
Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Cordy Glenn is poised to be one of the top offensive lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft. Initially, many mock drafts had Glenn coming off the board in the second or third round, but with an impressive showing in the 2012 Senior Bowl Glenn is cracking many draft boards to come off late in the first round.
In SB Nation's first post Super Bowl mock draft, Ryan Van Biber has the Detroit Lions taking the former Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman with the No. 23 pick:
23. Detroit Lions, Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
Glenn might be best suited to play inside. At the Senior Bowl, Glenn got moved to the blindside by the NFL coaching staff, and he did not disappoint. He has the natural balance and agility to move with defenders on the outside. Even a little rough around the edges, he would be solid replacement for free agent Jeff Backus.
During the 2012 Senior Bowl, Georgia Bulldog cornerback and return man Brandon Boykin left the game with a broken leg, but the severity of the injury has varied. Initial reports were that Boykin is requiring immediate surgery, but Boykin took to twitter to announce the injury is not as serious as initially thought:
This is a pretty big setback for Boykin's preparation for the NFL Draft even if he is going to be out for only three weeks. Boykin was one of the players invited to the 2012 NFL Combine but that takes place on Feb. 22 which is three and a half weeks away, so even if Boykin does recover in three weeks it seems that it will be a long shot that he will be able to take part in the combine.
During the week of practices at the Senior Bowl, Boykin was named one of the top-10 players at the Senior Bowl and immensely improved his draft status in the week leading up to the game.
Saturday's Senior Bowl will be the final tune up for four Georgia players before they head off to a hopeful success-filled NFL career. Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones along with cornerback Brandon Boykin and punter Drew Butler will suit up for the South when the game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
For complete rosters check out the official Senior Bowl website.
Both Glenn and Boykin have had a great week of practices leading up to the game and have reportedly improved their draft stock along the way. The game will also be a showcase for some of the top quarterbacks in the nation this season. Boise State's Kellen Moore, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson will all be suiting up for the North.
Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
TV: NFL Network
The 2012 Senior Bowl, which is set to kick off on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Mobile, Ala., features some of the best and brightest college football seniors from all over the country and organizes them into North and South teams. In the week heading up to the game, the college players are coached and scouted by NFL staff which gives them a great chance of increasing their draft stock.
Currently, two University of Georgia Bulldogs are listed on National Football Post's Wes Bunting's top-10 prospects playing in the Senior Bowl: guard Cordy Glenn and cornerback Brandon Boykin.
Glenn had some struggles this week at OT. However, when lined-up inside at guard he was downright dominant. He showcased good natural quickness off the ball, was able to extend his arms and control blockers with ease through contact. Looks like a first round caliber guard prospect to me.
In SB Nation's most recent mock draft, Glenn was taken in the first round at No. 31 overall by the New York Giants, but Bunting believes that Glenn is best fit to play for the Steelers, Cowboys or Cardinals.
Despite his lack of ideal height, he’s physical off the line, can turn and run, and did a better job as the week went on staying lower when trying to re-direct. He’s a competitor who loves to get into the face of opposing receivers and was a tough guy to separate from all week.
ESPN's draft insider lists Boykin as this draft classes' sixth-ranked cornerback and Bunting believes he's best fit playing for the Ravens, Browns or Broncos in the NFL.
For more updates on the Bulldogs, check out Dawg Sports.
With the development of explosive passing attacks all across the NFL being the rage these days, there looks to be a real premium on cornerbacks during day 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft this April. While some of the top corners have already locked themselves into top-10 status (Morris Claiborn, Dre Kirkpatrick) there are others that are jockeying for position.
Consider Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Brandon Boykin jockeying up for said position.
Boykin is currently ranked as the No. 7 cornerback off the board by Mocking The Draft, but with a strong showing in the 2012 Senior Bowl on January 28th, there's no reason why he can't begin to rise on many prognosticator's draft boards.
With the 2012 Senior Bowl officially taking place on Saturday, players on both rosters are looking to keep their names in lights and in the thoughts of all the scouts in attendance. For Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, even during the steepest of challenges, he continues to shine.
Take "VG" to mean "very good" versus North Carolina Tar Heels stud defensive end Coples, as many have targeted Coples to be a consensus top-5 pick in the draft this April. For Glenn, performing the best against the best will do nothing but help his stock skyrocket as April looms. Some reports had Glenn being selected late in round one, but with continued performances like this in the Senior Bowl, some team could look to snag him even earlier.
We'd known Georgia Bulldogs cornerback/etc. Brandon Boykin has interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, among others, at the 2012 Senior Bowl, and we can add the Minnesota Vikings to that list, the Pioneer Press' Jeremy Fowler reports. They also spoke with former Florida Gators corner Janoris Jenkins, who's expected to go in the first round, so they're clearly in the market for a defensive back.
He's earning high marks for his competitiveness, run coverage, pursuit, punt return skills, and aggressive man coverage. Scouts are likelier to share praises than critiques during events like this, but the word on Boykin's work so far has been especially positive.
Now that the 2011 NFL season is one game away from officially being over and the Senior Bowl practices have started, a fairly clear picture of the offseason is beginning to develop. 30 of the 32 teams are focusing on what is happening on the field in Mobile, Alabama and according to multiple scouts, University of Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn has been turning some heads.
Wesley BuntingLiked #Georgia OL Cordy Glenn much more inside than out, he's more balanced and can control blocks easier on contact inside #SeniorBowl 51 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto
According to Mocking The Draft's Dan Kadar, Glenn emerged from the Senior Bowl's weigh-in with the second-longest arms among offensive lineman, measuring in at 35-1/8 inches. Kadar says that arm length is important to scouts when it comes to linemen and arms shorter than 33 inches are typically a red flag.
NFL.com's Mike Mayock is also impressed with Glenn's size and what he's done in practice so far.
Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn impressed me today. He’s a massive kid at 6-5½ and 346. He’s got 35-inch arms, and I thought he hung in there really well during the 1-on-1 drills. I also liked offensive lineman James Brown from Troy. He, too, did well in the 1-on-1 drills.
Some recent mock drafts have had Glenn being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft but if he continues to impress, he could raise his stock even higher as there are many teams around the league that need help on the offensive line.
For more updates on Gordy as the draft approaches, check out Dawg Sports.
If the Atlanta Falcons can't have Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, at least they can have one of his star pupils, am I right? D. Orlando Ledbetter reports the 2012 Senior Bowl saw the Falcons interview former UGA cornerback Brandon Boykin, and that the Panthers and Eagles both also showed interest.
An interview isn't exactly a declaration that Atlanta's going to draft a player, but it is a decent sign they're keeping their options open at improving a particular position. If more news emerges about the Falcons working out defensive backs, keep the position group in mind on draft day. With Brent Grimes' contract up, it would certainly make sense.
Boykin's expected to be selected in the second or third round, and, hey! We're in luck! The Falcons actually have those. Last year, the Birds picked UGA linebacker Akeem Dent with a mid-rounder. Boykin's also proficient at returning kicks and playing a little offense, all of which could become opportunities with the Falcons.
The latest mock draft from SB Nation has one UGA football player, OG Cordy Glenn, going in the first round:
31. New York Giants, Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Glenn, a 6'5 350 offensive lineman from Riverdale, Georgia has risen up the draft boards after a dominant senior campaign.
A three-year starter, he was a consensus First Team All-SEC selection as well as a third-team AP All-American.
While he played at the tackle position in Athens, he's projected to move inside at the next level as there are questions about his foot-speed to pass protect on the edge against superior NFL athletes.
However, his size and versatility would likely make him a useful asset on the offensive line for the next decade.
Four University of Georgia players will appear at the 2012 Senior Bowl (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) as part of the South team. Cornerback and return specialist Brandon Boykin, punter Drew Butler and offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones will appear alongside a host of SEC players.
Glenn is considered a first-round talent according SB Nation's latest mock draft. Ryan Van Bibber has Glenn going 31st overall to the NFC Champion New York Giants:
The Giants offense surprised more than a few people already this season. They have the pieces in place on offense, but need to start turning over some of the age and cap space occupied by their offensive line. Glenn gives them a big boost in that department. He can also play tackle.
The East/West Shrine Game will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (NFL Network), and will feature a number of ACC and SEC players, including a pair of Bulldogs - fullback / tight end Bruce Figgins and kicker Blair Walsh. As expected, both rosters feature a ton of regional players. Here's a list of ACC and SEC players for each roster:
East Team - SEC
DL Travian Robertson - South Carolina
FB/TE Bruce Figgins - University of Georgia
OC Quentin Saulsberry - Missisippi State
OT Bradley Sowell - Mississippi
PK Blair Walsh - Georgia
RB Tauren Poole - Tennessee
East Team - ACC
DL Matt Conrath - Virginia
DL Kyle Wilber - Wake Forest
DL Micanor Regis - Miami
LB Brandon Lindsey - Pittsburgh
LB Max Gruder - Pittsburgh
OC Tyler Horn - Miami
PT Shawn Powell - Florida State
RB Davin Meggett - Maryland
DL Kentrell Lockett - MississippiDL Dominique Hamilton - Missouri - ColumbiaLB Jerry Franklin - ArkansasWO Greg Childs - Arkansas - FayettevilleWO Jarius Wright - ArkansasWO Darius Hanks - Univeristy of Alabama
DC Rodney McLeod - VirginiaTE George Bryan - North Carolina State
The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly approaching. The most recent analysis indicates that the Georgia Bulldogs could find themselves being represented in the first round of selections.
Our own Ryan Van Bibber has put together the latest mock draft for SB Nation. He suggests that the New York Giants might use their first-round draft pick to select Cordy Glenn of the Georgia Bulldogs as the No. 31 overall pick. Here is his analysis:
The Giants could go in a few directions here. They need to get younger and better on the inside. Glenn is a tough blocker whose stock should get a nice boost at the Senior Bowl later this month. Drafting him gives the Giants options on the line; they could even clear some cap space.
Glenn is currently ranked as the number 29 overall prospect in this year's draft pool on Mocking the Draft's Top 100 list.
With the seasons of all but four NFL teams over, the vast majority of the league has turned its attention to the April NFL Draft.
The biggest event of the pre-draft season is the 2012 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 22 - 28.
A total of seven Georgia football players will be in attendance:
Glenn (29), Boykin (64) and Jones (68) are all ranked in the Top 100 on the Big Board at Mocking The Draft, with Glenn, a 6'5 330 senior All-American at OG, the only Bulldog to currently have a first-round grade.
Tyson, a 6'2 306 senior DE, and Anderson, a 6'5 340 senior OT, are not ranked among the Top 25 at their positions.
However, the Combine will be a chance for all seven players to improve their draft stock.
At a Friday afternoon press conference, a beaming Mark Richt announced his entire junior class is returning for another year with the Georgia Bulldogs, save tight end Orson Charles, who has a chance to be drafted in the second round. That's not a surprise, as linebacker Jarvis Jones and others have already made it known they'll stay, and there have been reports of returns for others.
But still! As Doug Gillett detailed this morning, it's not often a team as talented as Georgia gets to return so much talent that could be cashing in. Combine that with a rising recruiting class and a relatively squishy schedule, and expectations are only going to keep going up for the 2012 Dawgs.
Richt also confirmed quarterback Hutson Mason will stick around instead of transferring. Mason told the Marietta Daily Journal he plans to redshirt in 2012, setting up a chance to take over once Aaron Murray moves along.
Who's going, who's staying, and where that leaves the Bulldogs as they attempt to capitalize on the momentum of a breakout season.
Georgia got a little more good news regarding the NFL Draft when safety Shawn Williams confirmed that he was returning to school for his senior season. Williams stated that he was happy that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was staying and that he wants to be an All-American next season.
#UGA S Shawn Williams said he’s returning for senior season: "I’ll be back to be an All-American." Says he's happy Grantham plans to stay.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) January 12, 2012
Williams played in all 14 games as a junior in 2011 and finished with 72 total tackles and four interceptions. His return combined with the return of Bacarri Rambo should give the Bulldogs one of the best safety tandems in the country next season.
Georgia's defense made big strides in the second year under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. His return for year three as well as the return of players like Rambo and Williams should have Georgia highly ranked going into next season.
Let's just face it, friends: the 2012 Georgia Bulldogs defense is going to be nasty*. With Jarvis Jones and John Jenkins already set to return to a unit that was already among the five best in the nation, let's add free safety Bacarri Rambo, according to Zach Klein:
Rambo was named to multiple All-America and All-SEC teams after leading the SEC in interceptions. He also has the sort of name that inspires people to talk about what a great name he has even though he's been around for three years now.
There are key contributors among Georgia's departing seniors, but the defense, which will be entering its third year under Todd Grantham, should be outstanding.
* Unless those Grantham-to-Falcons rumors come true. Then the state will merely consume itself in a tiny and strange civil war.
It's been reported for quite some time now that Georgia Bulldogs tight end Orson Charles will leave school early and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Wednesday, he confirmed the news, saying he's met all of his goals as a college player.
Charles is expected to be drafted in the second or third round. He was a Mackey Award finalist in 2011.
This leaves linebacker Cornelius Washington and safety Bacarri Rambo as the only Dawgs left to make up their minds, as far as one can tell. Star defenders Jarvis Jones and John Jenkins, along with Murray, have made it clear they'll return. All this returning talent is one reason Georgia's showing up very well-ranked on preseason top 25 lists.
The All-American is currently projected as a second-rounder and one of the best TE's available in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Georgia's Cordy Glenn is projected as the No. 20 pick of the first round to the Tennessee Titans in SB Nation's First-Round Mock Draft.
NFL draft analysts may disagree, but Georgie Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, who announced he would be leaving the Yellow Jackets for the 2012 draft, believes he can raise his stock and become one of the top wide receivers in upcoming draft.
This season, Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 29.3 yards per catch, which shows he has the big play ability that many NFL teams look for in the draft, especially if the receiver has Hill's 6-foot-5, 206-pound frame. However, Hill also dropped a few passes this season.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hill's scouting report says he doesn't have the potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2012 draft, but Hill believes he can raise his stock in the coming months.
"With my size and my ability, I know I could raise my stock," he said.
One good place for him to do so would be the NFL Combine where he should showcase his size and speed. Hill has until Jan. 18 to withdraw his name from the draft, but after talking it over with his parents and his coaches at Georgia Tech, he says that's not going to happen.
Stephen Hill is leaving Georgia Tech and entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that despite denials he's planning to leave the University of Georgia early, All-SEC tight end Orson Charles will seek a draft evaluation along with his teammates.
Joining Charles in seeking a draft evaluation - which does not constitute an official declaration, and does not hinder a student athlete from returning to college - is junior safety Bacarri Rambo and yes, even redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, who the AJC reports "isn't seriously considering" a jump to the NFL.
Rambo, a first-team Associated Press All-America selection, said he would wait until after the bowl game to decided if he would return for his senior season. Georgia's other All-America defender, linebacker Jarvis Jones, has stated emphatically he will return for the 2012 season.
Of the players filing for evaluations, Charles seems to be the most serious about a potential declaration:
"To tell you the truth, I'm blessed to have a decision in the first place," he said. "I grew up just hoping to have a decision like this. It's really going to come down to what the Lord wants me to do. I'm going to pray about it, talk to my family and definitely wait until after the Michigan State game, and take it from there."
Draft-eligible players have until January 15 to submit paperwork to officially declare for the NFL Draft, and until January 18 to withdraw.
Junior tight end Orson Charles will reportedly declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior year the the University of Georgia.
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