Like many I watched the NFL Draft on Saturday and as much of it as I could stand on Sunday. I seem to always watch.
For one, I wanted to see where any Gators would end up in the draft. Second, I have particular interest in seeing where the players in the best college football conference in the nation end up.
This year was of particular interest as Matthew Stafford was deemed the No. 1 pick of the draft now many moons ago. And, whether I agree with it or not, I am proud that one from the SEC is chosen No. 1 again.
Admittedly, I came away from the draft thinking the Georgia Bulldogs did quite well, which they most certainly they did. LSU surprisingly did just as well, having six drafted just like Georgia.
The most surprising team of all though, as I analyze the draft this morning, was South Carolina, which took drafting honors in having seven players headed to the NFL. Quoting one of my fellow bleacher report writers, "all that individual talent and no collective success." Very well put Robert.
Below is a breakdown of players that were drafted and to what teams and some analysis by me.
South Carolina - 7
Jasper Brinkly Pick 14, round 5 Vikings
Jarod Cook Pick 25, round 3 Titans
Kenny McKinley Pick 5, round 5 Broncos
Jamon Merideth Pick 26, round 5 Packers
Captain Munnerlyn Pick 7, round 7 Panthers
Ryan Succop Pick 47, round 7 Chiefs
Stoney Woodson Pick 29, round 7 Giants
No surprise here in Cook and Munnerlyn. I actually thought Cook would go higher as he was a beast in the combine until he aggravated his hamstring.
I also thought Munnerlyn would come off of the board before the seventh round. Note: South Carolina has the dubious distinction of having Mr Irrelevant, the last pick of the draft in Ryan Succop
Georgia - 6
Asher Allen Pick 22, round 3 Vikings
Corvey Irvin Pick 29, round 3 Panthers
Mohammed Massquoi Pick 18, round 2 Cleveland
Knowshon Moreno Pick 12, round 1 Denver
Matthew Stafford Pick 1, round 1 Detroit
Jarius Wynn Pick 9, round 6 Packers
This has got to be one of the best drafts for the Bulldogs as far as position. Having the first player in Bulldog history to be drafted No 1.
I personally think that Sanchez was a better pick for No. 1 but the Bulldogs should be proud. I also think Moreno to the Broncos gives him a chance at Rookie of the Year.
They will probably run the ball a lot. Massaquoi going in the second round was a surprise. I didn't think he would be high on any ones want list. But, in his defense he had a killer Sr year.
I think the Vikings got a steal in Allen in the third round.
LSU - 6
Demetrius Byrd Pick 15, round 7 Chargers
Tyson Jackson Pick 3, round 1 Chiefs
Ricky Jean-Francois Pick 35, round 7 49ers
Herman Johnson Pick 31, round 5 Cardinals
Quin Johnson Pick 9, round 5 Packers
Curtis Taylor Pick 10, round 7 49ers
Tyson Jackson was surprise for me as the third pick overall. The rest were just uneventful to me.
I expected more Jean-Francois but all we got was him running off at the mouth. And, good for Byrd to get drafted even though he is recovering from an car accident.
Alabama - 4
Antoine Caldwell Pick 13, round 3 Texans
Glenn Coffee Pick 10, round 3 49ers
Reshad Johnson Pick 31, round 3 Cardinals
Andre Smith Pick 6, round 1 Bengals
Even though the Tide didn't have quantity drafted they had high picks. No one passed the third round.
Congrats to Smith for overcoming his bad decision phase from the Sugar Bowl up til now. Please go thank Saban for the character repair. I can't wait to see Coffee in San Fran. I think he will flourish.
Ole Miss - 4
Peria Jerry Pick 24, round 1 Falcons
Michael Ohr Pick 23, round 1 Ravens
Jamarca Sanford Pick 22, round 7 Vikings
Mike Wallace Pick 20, round 3 Steelers
I was surprised to see four from Ole Miss but maybe I haven't been following any of them except Michael Ohr. Again, what a powerful story he has and if you haven't heard it please go google it.
His speech was probably one of the best too at the draft. Good job Ozzie for recognizing character and talent.
Florida - 3
Percy Harvin Pick 22, round 1 Vikings
Cornelius Ingram Pick 17, round 5 Eagles
Louis Murphy Pick 24, round 4 Raiders
No surprises for the Gators from me. I expected Harvin to still be taken in the first round even after he obviously took a stupid pill or maybe that's what they call weed. I am just happy Ingram and Murphy are getting a chance to prove themselves NFL.
Auburn - 3
Tyronne Green Pick 33, round 4 Chargers
SenDerrick Marks Pick 30, round 2 Titans
Jerraud Powers Pick 28, round 3 Colts
Round 2 was their highest draftee. This can be chalked up as a bad season all around for the Tigers.
Arkansas - 1
Jonathan Luigs Pick 6, round 4 Bengals
Kentucky - 1
Myron Pryor Pick 34, round 6 Patriots
Tennessee - 1
Robert Ayers Pick 18, round 1 Broncos
Vanderbilt - 1
Reshard Langford Pick 19, round 4 Bears
Miss State - 0
Observation worth noting is that the Minnesota Vikings took four from the SEC....a Gator, Bulldog, Gamecock, and Rebel.