Nearly forty-three hours after the NFL draft began, there finally was some action Saturday involving players from Georgia.
Tight end Arthur Lynch, at home in Dartmouth, Mass., was snagged by Miami in the fifth round.
That brought a congratulatory tweet from quarterback and friend Aaron Murray: ‚Äú‚Ä¶proud of ya brother!‚Äù
Murray‚Äôs wait in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., ended about 25 minutes after Lynch was selected. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Murray eight picks after the Dolphins took his former roommate.
‚ÄúAaron is a friend of mine, he‚Äôll be a friend of mine for life,‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a good kid. A good representative of the University of Georgia. Everything happens for a reason. The fact that we went so close, maybe it‚Äôs fate. I don‚Äôt know.‚Äù
A year after Georgia tied a program record with eight selections, it had its fewest players drafted since it also had two in 2000 but that wasn‚Äôt unexpected this year.
It was a bit of a surprise that Lynch was the first Georgia player to go.
Miami selected Lynch with the 155th overall pick. Murray went at No. 163.
Kansas City was one of a handful of teams that had shown the most interest in Murray before the draft.
Murray was the eighth quarterback selected, but went behind others that didn‚Äôt have his college resume.
Arizona took Virginia Tech‚Äôs erratic but athletic Logan Thomas and Houston selected well-traveled Tom Savage of Pittsburgh in the fourth round.
Murray interviewed with Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy and an area scout before Georgia‚Äôs Pro Day last month.
They watched film. Murray said the Chiefs‚Äô scheme is similar to what Georgia ran under him.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great fit,‚Äù Murray told reporters in Kansas City ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not complaining one bit. It‚Äôs an incredible fit. They do a heck of a job preparing quarterbacks. It‚Äôs evident from (coach Andy Reid‚Äôs) track record .‚Äù
General manager John Dorsey said Murray ‚Äúwill have no problem with terminology. He‚Äôll have no problem recognizing defenses. He‚Äôll just jump in there with the rest of them.‚Äù
Kansas City‚Äôs starting quarterback is eight-year veteran Alex Smith and the backups are fourth-year pro Chase Daniel and former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm excited to get into that QB room and get in there and get a chance to know the guys,‚Äù Murray said. ‚ÄúIf they draft you, they want you to go in there and compete.‚Äù
The 6-foot- ¬Ω inch, 204-pound Murray finished his Georgia career the owner of several Southeastern Conference career records.
He‚Äôs coming off a torn ACL to his left knee sustained against Kentucky on Nov. 23,
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs a guy that will be ready by camp for sure,‚Äù Chiefs assistant director of college scouting Dom Green told reporters.
Said Murray: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm ready to go now.‚Äù
The 52-game starter is the SEC leader in passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121), completions (921) and total offense (13,562). He‚Äôs also the only player to throw for at least 3,000 yards in four straight seasons.
‚ÄúHis command of his offense and knowledge of his offense is really top level,‚Äù Green said.
The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Lynch was one of Murray‚Äôs top targets last season when he had 30 catches for 459 yards and five touchdowns as a senior when Lynch was named All-SEC first team.
Miami made him the eighth tight end selected in the draft.
‚ÄúMy agent gave me three or four teams that he really thought would end up taking me and that was one of them,‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúBut you really don‚Äôt know. You‚Äôve just got to hope for the best and hope it all works out and I‚Äôm just kind of happy I‚Äôve got a home.‚Äù
He‚Äôll join a Miami team that already has safety Reshad Jones, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and running back Knowshon Moreno from Georgia.
His months long transition from college to pro ended Saturday.
‚ÄúIt was intensified, more than I ever thought it would be,‚Äù Lynch said, ‚Äúvery stressful, a lot of work, a lot of patience and due diligence, but I‚Äôm just kind of excited it‚Äôs over.‚Äù
Note: Among players from Georgia agreeing to deals as undrafted free agents Saturday night: defensive end Garrison Smith and receiver Rantavious Wooten with Miami, offensive guard Dallas Lee with Atlanta for a rookie mini-camp and guard Chris Burnette with Tampa for a rookie mini-camp.