Last night Georgia Tech had two players selected by teams in the first round of the NFL Draft. Early draft entries DE Derrick Morgan (Titans, 16th overall) and Demaryius "Bey-Bey" Tomas were the first Tech players since Calvin Johnson (Lions, second overall, 2007) to be taken that high.
Many people believe that the new systems brought in by Coach Paul Johnson would hurt the draft status for his players' futures, especially on offense. With fellow prospects RB Jon Dwyer and S Morgan Burnett likely to be drafted tonight in the second and/or third rounds of the draft, it appears the Jackets' future recruiting might not be hurt by its players having a chance to play in the NFL at all.
It remains to be seen what will happen once Coach Johnson fully gets his recruits in place (all of the above players were redshirt juniors recruited by former Head Coach Chan Gailey), but without doubt, Coach Johnson can now look future recruits in the eye and tell them his system will get them noticed by the NFL...perhaps even by their junior year.