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Four Bulldogs Taken on Final Day of NFL Draft
NEW YORK -— Four University of Georgia football players were selected on the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Cornerback Sanders Commings and Wide Receiver Tavarres King were selected in the fifth round while Defensive End Cornelius Washington and Safety Bacarri Rambo were picked in the sixth round.
Commings was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with pick No. 134, and King followed at No. 161 to the Denver Broncos. In the next round, Washington was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 188th pick and Rambo was taken with the 191st pick by the Washington Redskins.
A total of eight Bulldogs were taken in during the 2013 three-day draft. Linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree headlined the Georgia draft class as they were taken with the 17th and 30th picks of the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively. Georgia's eight players drafted in this year's draft ties a school-record set back in 2002.
Commings, a native of Augusta, Ga., is just the second Bulldog to ever be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs as former Georgia linebacker Justin Houston was selected by Kansas City in 2011. Commings started 12 games for Georgia in 2012 making 51 tackles and three interceptions. During his senior season, he had a career-high nine tackles versus Kentucky. Prior to the season, Commings was named to SEC Coaches' and Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC Third Team. He finished his career with 154 tackles and eight interceptions in 54 games.
Tavarres King, a product of Mount Airy, Ga., is the first Bulldog to be selected by the Broncos since Knowshon Moreno went to Denver in 2009. King finished his career ranked third all-time at UGA with 21 receiving touchdowns and fourth all-time with 2,602 receiving yards. He notched seven 100-yard receiving games during his five years in Athens. In 2012, he appeared in 14 games making 12 starts, leading the team with 950 receiving yards, which ranks fourth all-time at Georgia in a single season. He finished his career on a high-note, first reeling in a game-high 142 yards against Alabama in the SEC Championship game and then making three catches for 104 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch, versus Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Prior to the season, he was named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC Second Team, Biletnikoff Award Watch List and CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List. King finished his career with 2,602 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns on 136 receptions in 56 appearances.
Cornelius Washington, a Hephzibah, Ga., native, is the 17th Georgia Bulldog ever taken by the Chicago Bears. He was named to the Butkus Award Watch List in 2012. The redshirt senior appeared in 14 games, making 10 starts during his senior campaign. A highlight came during the third quarter of the SEC Championship game when he blocked a field goal that was returned by teammate Alex Ogletree for a touchdown. Washington had 10.5 career sacks, five of which came during his junior season. He appeared in 51 games for the Bulldogs over four seasons making 76 total tackles.
Bacarri Rambo, originally from Donalsonville, Ga., is the 15th Georgia player ever to be selected by the Washington Redskins. Rambo was named to the 2012 Phil Steele All-SEC Second Team. His three interceptions in 2012 gave him a career total of 16—tying Jake Scott's school record for career interceptions. In 2011, he was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Yahoo Sports and Rivals.com, Second Team All-American by Walter Camp, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated, All-SEC First Team by Associated Press, ESPN.com and SEC Coaches and All-SEC Second Team by Phil Steele. Rambo finished his Bulldog career with 235 tackles and 16 interceptions in 47 appearances, 36 of which were starts.
Saturday: Another Pair Of Bulldogs Picked In NFL Draft
NEW YORK --- Georgia nose guard John Jenkins and safety Shawn Williams were selected as the 82nd and 84th overall picks, respectively, during the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Friday night in New York.
Jenkins went 82nd to the New Orleans Saints while Williams was selected two picks later by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bulldogs have now had four of their 2012 starters on defense selected in this year's draft.
On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Jarvis Jones with the 17th overall pick in the opening round while the St. Louis Rams picked linebacker Alec Ogletree with the 30th overall pick in the first round.
Williams is the fifth Bulldog to be selected by the Bengals in the last four years. Cincinnati picked tight end Orson Charles in last year's draft. Jenkins is the first Bulldog to be picked by the Saints since 2003 (Johnathan Sullivan).
Georgia also had a pair of players selected in the third round of the 2011 draft. Justin Houston has since earned All-Pro honors for the Kansas City Chiefs and Akeem Dent is one of the Atlanta Falcons' starting linebackers.
Jenkins, a 6-3, 351-pound native of Meriden, Conn., was named to the Phil Steele All-SEC Second Team in his second and final season with the Bulldogs. Jenkins started 13 games in 2012 and finished with 50 tackles from his nose guard position.
During Georgia's fourth consecutive win over Georgia Tech in 2012, Jenkins stalled the Yellow Jacket attack with a career-high 11 tackles. The transfer from Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College also recorded a sack against #2 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and blocked a field goal in the matchup versus South Carolina.
Williams, a 6-1, 217-pound native of Damascus, was elected as the team's defensive captain after starting all 14 games in 2013 and anchoring the Bulldog defense. He finished second on the team with 98 tackles last season and with 209 in his career.
Posting four interceptions in 2011, Williams recorded a team-best 72 tackles two seasons ago to go along with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Georgia has now had 17 players selected in the last three years with the final four rounds remaining of the 2013 draft.
Rounds four through seven will start on Saturday at noon. When the final pick was chosen in 2012, the Bulldogs had seven players chosen. All Bulldogs picked throughout the draft will be posted on georgiadogs.com.
Friday: A Pair Of Bulldogs Go In NFL Draft's Opening Round
NEW YORK --- Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree were selected 17th and 30th, respectively, in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night in New York.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jones with the 17th overall pick while the St. Louis Rams picked Ogletree with the 30th overall pick.
This Georgia duo are the first Bulldogs taken in the first round since the Cincinnati Bengals selected A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick in 2011. The last time a pair of Georgia players were selected in the first round was in 2009 when Matthew Stafford went first to the Detroit Lions and Knowshon Moreno went 12th to the Denver Broncos.
The Steelers, whose starting punter is former Bulldog All-American Drew Butler, last selected a Georgia player in the draft in 2005 with Fred Gibson (fourth round, 30th pick, 131st overall). Ken Shackelford (sixth round, 16th pick, 190th overall) was the last Georgia player selected by the Rams.
Georgia has now had 15 players selected in the last three years with the final six rounds remaining of the 2013 draft.
A 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus, Jones played in 26 games over his two seasons with Georgia, starting all of them. He finished his career with 28 sacks in that span (1.08/game), which is tied for third in school history. Jones also recorded 44 tackles for loss of 235 yards, 155 total tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception during his time as a Bulldog.
Jones, a 2012 consensus First Team All-American, finished the 2012 season leading the nation in sacks (14.5 for loss of 103 yards) and tackles for loss (24.5 for loss of 132 yards) and forced fumbles (seven). He was third on the Bulldogs with 85 stops and added an interception and two fumble recoveries in 12 games played last season (Jones was injured for two of Georgia's 14 games).
In his final game with the Bulldogs, Jones set the single season record for sacks (14.5) after adding a pair versus Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He also took over the No. 1 ranking for tackles for loss in a season (24.5) with two against the Cornhuskers.
Jones joined the Bulldogs as a scout team member in 2010 after transferring from Southern California. He was a consensus First Team All-American in 2011 after leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) and piling up 70 tackles in 14 games.
A 6-3, 232-pound native of Newnan, Ogletree appeared in 10 games for the Bulldogs in 2012 and made nine starts. During his time on the field last year, he piled up 111 tackles and was the team's leading tackler in each of the final six games.
Ogletree, who also snagged an interception against Ole Miss last season, was named to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team thanks in part to his performance during the win over No. 16 Nebraska in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. He registered 13 tackles, including a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Ogletree finished the year as one of the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Defensive Players. Another career highlight for Ogletree came against No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game as he recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 55 yards for a touchdown. Ogletree spent his three years on Georgia's roster with his twin brother Alexander Ogletree, who suited up at fullback.
Rounds two and three will start on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The fourth through seventh rounds will be on Saturday starting at noon. When the final pick was chosen in 2012, the Bulldogs had seven players chosen.
All Bulldogs picked throughout the draft will be posted on georgiadogs.com.
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