The first Georgia player selected in this year’s NFL draft wasn’t quarterback Aaron Murray, but tight end Arthur Lynch.
Miami selected the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Lynch in the fifth round with the 155th overall pick.
“My agent gave me three or four teams that he really thought would end up taking me and that was one of them,” Lynch said from his home in Dartmouth, Mass. “But you really don’t know. You’ve just got to hope for the best and hope it all works out and I’m just kind of happy I’ve got a home.”
Lynch had 30 catches for 459 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. He had 24 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.
He’ll join a Miami team that already has safety Reshad Jones, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and running back Knowshon Moreno.
Murray went eight picks after Lynch to Kansas City in the fifth round.
Lynch was the eighth tight end selected and first on Saturday.
“It was intensified, more than I ever thought it would be, very stressful, a lot of work, a lot of patience and due diligence, but I’m just kind of excited that it’s over,” he said.
He’s the sixth Georgia tight end drafted under Mark Richt joining Orson Charles (fouth round, 2012), Martrez Milner (fourth round, 2007), Leonard Pope (third round, 2006), Ben Watson (first round, 2004) and Randy McMichael (fourth round, 2002).
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com described Lynch as “not a nifty athlete but a reliable route-runner and pass-catcher who will compete as a blocker. Borderline starter at the next level due to his reliability.”
Georgia was the last Southeastern Conference school to have a player taken in this year’s draft.
Lynch was the eighth tight end drafted. Tight ends taken before him: North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas, Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz, Cal’s Richard Rodgers and Colorado State’s Crockett Gillmore.