Sanders Commings was the first of what could be several players from Georgia to get picked Saturday in the NFL draft.
The cornerback was at his Augusta home with his parents and brother when he got word that Kansas City had selected him with the first pick of the fifth round, the No. 134 selection overall.
Some had projected Commings could go as early as the second round.
“People said some things, some people said others,” Commings said. “I was just excited about just being possibly drafted. It’s just a blessing.”
The 6-foot, 216-pound Commings started 35 games at Georgia with eight interceptions.
He played some safety, but didn’t know which position the Chiefs would play him.
“They just want to let me play wherever I fit best,” he said.
Commings said he spoke to the Chiefs at the Senior Bowl, combine and throughout the pre-draft process.
“Sanders Commings is interesting because I think he fits what today’s NFL is becoming. More and more teams are looking for tall corners,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said prior to the draft. “He’s over six feet tall, big-bodied guy, a little stiff. But most big corners are stiff. I think on tape he’s an average player, but I think he’s got the skill set that the NFL is looking for.”
Commings will join former Georgia teammate Justin Houston, a defensive end.
“He said he loves Kansas City,” Commings said.
Four Georgia players—all starters on defense—were drafted in the first two days: linebackers Jarvis Jones (Pittsburgh) and Alec Ogletree (St. Louis) went in the first-round and nose guard John Jenkins (New Orleans) and safety Shawn Williams (Cincinnati) were taken in the third round.
Safety Bacarri Rambo, defensive end/outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, receiver Tavarres King and nose guard Kwame Geathers are among players from Georgia still available through the 10th pick of the fifth round.