Georgia’s Washington, Rambo go in sixth round of NFL draft

The wait for defensive end Cornelius Washington and safety Bacarri Rambo from Georgia ended late Saturday afternoon when they were taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

The Chicago Bears drafted Washington with pick No. 188 and the Washington Redskins nabbed Rambo soon after at pick No. 191.

“I thought everybody had forgotten about me,” Rambo said in a teleconference with media that cover the Redskins. “I was sitting here praying, asking God to give me one team to like me. Then the Redskins called ,and it’s just a blessed moment. I thank the organization for believing in me.”

Washington and Rambo became and seventh and eight Georgia players selected, tying the school record.

Washington’s stellar showing in the NFL combine didn’t translate into an early round pick. He was listed as the best available player on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s list for much of the afternoon.

“I had Cornelius Washington in the second round, probably overrated him a bit based on his computer numbers, which are through the roof—6-4, 265 with 4.5 speed and incredible athletic ability,” Kiper said. “Pass rush has improved. He’s got a chance with the Bears.”

Washington said he was “a little discouraged,” to fall to the sixth round.

“Me and my agent (Rich Rosa) both were—still are shocked. I have no idea what was going on. But you know, I’ve got an opportunity and that’s most important thing. You know you turn something that’s mildly negative into a positive and it’s still a blessing.”

Washington, who played both outside linebacker and defensive end at Georgia, said the Bears want him to play end “and I’m very happy with it. I’m going to have the ability to just go and rush and that’s the best thing for me so I’m excited.”

Rambo, an All-American in 2011, ended his career tied for the Georgia career lead in interceptions with 16, but he was suspended for four games this season for his second violation of Georgia’s drug policy.

He was the 17th safety selected.

“It was very hard because I felt like a lot of those guys weren’t near the guy I was, but everything happens for a reason. It put a big chip on my shoulder , so I’ll just have to go out there and prove it to everybody.”

Four Georgia players have been drafted Saturday.

Cornerback Sanders Commings (Kansas City) and receiver Tavarres King (Denver) went in the fifth round.

Linebackers Jarvis Jones (Pittsburgh) and Alec Ogletree (St. Louis) went in the first-round Thursday and nose guard John Jenkins (New Orleans) and safety Shawn Williams (Cincinnati) were taken in the third round on Friday.

Nose guard Kwame Geathers is among Georgia players still available after 12 picks into the seventh and final round.

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