NFL draft: Georgia ties a record

semerson@macon.comApril 27, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia didn’t break its NFL draft record after all, thanks to a surprising jilt for one of its underclassmen.

Four Bulldogs were drafted on Saturday’s final day of the draft, bringing the total to eight. But none of them were Kwame Geathers, the nose tackle who left school after his redshirt junior season.

There were 18 defensive tackles taken in the draft. They from schools such as Samford, Bowling Green, Tennessee-Martin, Missouri Southern State and New Hampshire. Geathers was expected to be a mid-round pick when he declared, and it wasn’t clear why he fell completely out of the draft.

Still, it was tied for the most players the Bulldogs have ever had drafted, equaling the total from 2002.

Two players - cornerback Sanders Commings (Kansas City) and receiver Tavarres King (Denver) - went in the fifth round.

It was a longer wait, and surprisingly so, for several others. Defensive end Cornelius Washington (Chicago) lasted until the sixth round, despite being projected as a second-rounder in some mock drafts, including by ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Washington said he was a "little discouraged," and didn't know why he wasn't drafted earlier.

“There was nothing that I was made aware of,” Washington said, in a story on the Bears' web site. “Me and my agent both still are shocked. I have no idea what was going on. But you know I’ve got an opportunity and that’s the most important thing. You turn something that’s mildly negative into a positive and it’s still a blessing. I’m blessed to be able to go to Chicago. I’m blessed to even get drafted at all. So I’m not bitter. I’m just ready to get to work.”

Safety Bacarri Rambo, a first-team All-American as a junior in 2011, also lasted awhile. He was finally picked by the Washington Redskins with the 191st overall pick.

“I thought everybody had forgot about me, man,” Rambo said, according to The Washington Post. “I was sitting here, praying, asking God to give me one team that liked me, and the Redskins called. It’s just a blessed moment and I just thank the organization for believing in me.”

Other Georgia players included defensive end Abry Jones, receiver Marlon Brown and inside linebackers Mike Gilliard and Christian Robinson.

The Chiefs selected Commings with the first pick of the fifth round, 134th overall, on Saturday's final day of the NFL draft. Commings was the fifth Georgia player to be picked, and the first on Saturday. He was also the second member of the secondary to be picked, following safety Shawn Williams, by Cincinnati in the third round on Friday.

Commings was the 17th cornerback selected in the draft, although he can also play safety. He was a three-year starter for Georgia, and was the No. 1 cornerback this past season.

The Augusta native will re-join former Georgia teammate Justin Houston, whom the Chiefs selected in the third round of the 2011 draft. Those are the only two Georgia players the Chiefs organization have ever selected in the draft.

King was the first, and perhaps only, Georgia offensive player to be picked. He was the Bulldogs' leading receiver the past two seasons, and now has a chance to catch passes from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Washington was a workout wonder, impressing scouts with his performance at the NFL combine and other scouting opportunities. That caused him to leap up mock drafts, with NFL.com projecting him early in the second round as recently as a few days before the draft.

Rambo, a native of Donalsonville, shares Georgia's school record for career interceptions, with 16, along with Jake Scott. Rambo started 32 games at Georgia, racking up 235 tackles.

“It was very hard, because I felt like a lot of those guys weren’t nearly the guy I was, but everything happens for a reason," Rambo said. "It just puts a big chip on my shoulder and I’m going to have to go out and prove to everybody.”

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