Tight end Arthur Lynch is headed to the Miami Dolphins, the first Georgia player taken in an even quieter NFL draft than expected for the Bulldogs.
Lynch was taken in the fifth round with the 155th overall pick, making this the first time since 2008 that it took that long for a Georgia player to be picked. Defensive end Marcus Howard lasted till the 161st pick that year.
"I couldn't be more excited. I'm finally employed," Lynch told the Miami Dolphins' web site. "It's been six months of unemployment and I'm just kind of excited for the next step."
Lynch said he spoke to the Dolphins a number of times over the past few months. He ended up being the eighth tight end taken in the draft.
"I was kind of sitting there stressing out when a number of tight ends went off the board in the early rounds," Lynch said. "Once I got picked, it was just a huge sigh of relief, and I couldn't be more happy to be a Miami Dolphin."
Lynch is the sixth Georgia tight end to be drafted in the Mark Richt era, and the second to go to the Miami Dolphins. That club picked Randy McMichael in 2002.
A native of Massachusetts, Lynch was the starting tight end the past two seasons, combining for 56 catches, 907 yards and eight touchdown catches. This past season he was a consensus first-team all-SEC selection.
Stanford head coach David Shaw, whose program has produced plenty of NFL tight ends, said this about Lynch while on the NFL Network:
What he does is not exciting, but its effective, Shaw said.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock described Lynch as a solid prospect.
He should become a good blocker at the NFL level, Mayock said on the NFL Network. Hes a short and intermediate catcher. He catches the ball well. Hes not a deep threat, hes not a vertical threat thats going to run a 4.5 (in the 40). Hes a very solid football player.
Lynch joins a Dolphins team that already this offseason added former Bulldog tailback Knowshon Moreno, and has safety Reshad Jones and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.