The two-man NFL draft class for Georgia was how it was projected to go by the gurus heading into last week.
The players drafted were both from out of state: quarterback Aaron Murray from Tampa, Fla., and tight end Arthur Lynch from Dartmouth, Mass. Both went in the fifth round.
Another draftee, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger from Oconee County, was booted from Georgia without every playing a snap.
So in a draft that had 17 players taken who played high school ball in Georgia, not one played for Georgia.
So what does this all mean?
Well, for one thing Georgia wasn’t the only program to miss on two-star rated prospects Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State cornerback from Twiggs County) and Marcus Smith (Louisville linebacker from Hardaway) or three-star Bradley Roby (Ohio State cornerback from Peachtree Ridge).
They all were first-round picks. So was four-star offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James who went to Tennessee from North Gwinnett. Georgia wanted James but didn’t land him.
All four of those picks signed in 2010.
Remember that year? The big news was that Georgia lost out on receiver Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee.
Georgia ranked No. 21 in 2010 by Scout.com for its recruiting class after three defensive assistants including coordinator Willie Martinez were fired. Georgia offered Roby in late January after he switched his commitment from Vanderbilt to Ohio State.
If anything is to blame for Georgia’s draft output this year, it’s probably that 2010 class. Remember, Murray and Lynch (and Mettenberger for that matter) were in the 2009 signing class.
The 2010 Georgia signing class included 2013 first-round pick Alec Ogletree, quarterback Hutson Mason (now Georgia’s starter), productive receiver Michael Bennett and projected offensive line starter Kolton Houston. Kenarious Gates and Garrison Smith, both starters during their Georgia careers, also were in that class and are taking the undrafted free agent route now.
That class also included Zander Ogletree, T.J. Stripling, Dexter Morant, Brandon Burrows, Derek Owens, Ken Malcome, Brent Benedict and Marc Deas.
Notre Dame beat out Georgia for two players out of Gainesville that were drafted.
Second-round defensive end Stephon Tuitt was a five-star 2011 prospect that Georgia also missed out on.
Receiver T.J. Jones was a four-star 2010 recruit. His father was a defensive end on Notre Dame’s 1988 national title team.
Georgia was in the running for three-star 2010 linebacker recruit Telvin Smith from Lowndes. Mark Richt and Todd Grantham visited him in Valdosta the week before national signing day, but he signed with Florida State.
Other 2014 draftees from Georgia with their Scout.com rankings courtesy of Dean Legge of DawgPost:
Georgia Southern RB Jerrick McKinnon from Sprayberry (not rated)
Stanford OL David Yankey from Centennial (three-star)
Middle Tennessee DT Jimmy Staten from Ware County (two-star)
Marshall OT Garrett Scott from Coffee County (two-star)
Georgia Tech CB Jemea Thomas from Fitzgerald (three-star)
UCF RB Storm Johnson from Loganville (three-star)
Georgia Tech LB Brandon Watts from Washington County (three-star)
Georgia State OT John Ulrick from Bradwell Institute (not rated)
Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks from Riverdale (not rated)
It’s not just about players from Georgia, of course. Of the 44 NFL draft picks from the state of Florida, the most of any state according to SB Nation, Georgia had only Murray.