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14 Georgians taken in NFL Draft are below par, but top-5 nationally

Fourteen former Georgia high school players were taken in the NFL Draft last week, about 4 ½ below normal for the decade.

Six of the 14 were picked in the seventh round, allowing Georgia to leap into a tie for fourth place nationally with Ohio. Florida had 35 players taken. Texas had 27, and California had 22. Those are unofficial numbers and compiled with help from HighSchoolFootballAmerica.com.

Former Stephenson defensive end Montez Sweat, taken 26th overall by the Washington Redskins, maintained the state’s streak of at least one first-round pick since 2009. Stephenson, of DeKalb County, has had nine NFL Draft picks since 2006, the most of any Georgia school.

Rock Ya-Sin of Southwest DeKalb by way of Temple was the next Georgian taken. Ya-Sin was the second pick in the second round to the Indianapolis Colts. 

Coincidentally, Ya-Sin and Sweat both transferred while in college. Sweat originally signed with Michigan State and wound up at Mississippi State. Ya-Sin began at Presbyterian College, a FCS school.

Ya-Sin was lightly recruited out of high school, as was seventh-round pick Darryl Johnson of Camden County, who finished at North Carolina A&T.

But almost every other Georgia players taken in the first six rounds were heavily recruited. 

Most were major Division I prospects coming out of high school. Mecole Hardman of Elbert County, Chuma Edoga of McEachern, Webster of Stockbridge and Terry Godwin of Callaway were AJC Super 11 picks. Isaac Nauta was a consensus five-star recruit at IMG Academy in Florida. He played at Buford before transferring.

Five of the Georgia players are the first from their schools to be drafted. They are Godwin of Callaway, Webster of Stockbridge, D’Andre Walker of Langston Hughes, Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian and Cortez Broughton of Veterans.

Georgia finished the 2010-19 decade averaging 18.6 NFL Draft picks. That’s considerably more than the averages of 13.5 in 2000-09 and 12.0 in 1990-99, but the state has slumped the past two seasons. Only 12 were taken in 2018. That’s after 29 in 2017 and a record 30 in 2015.

Former Georgia high school players in 2019 NFL Draft

First round

No. 26 DE Montez Sweat, Stephenson (Mississippi State) NFL: Redskins

Second round

No. 34 CB Rock Ya-Sin, Southwest DeKalb (Temple) NFL: Colts

No. 56 WR Mecole Hardman, Elbert County (Georgia) NFL: Chiefs

Third round

No. 92 OT Chuma Edoga, McEachern (Southern Cal) NFL: Jets

Fourth round

No. 117 DE Austin Bryant, Thomas County Central (Clemson) NFL: Lions

Fifth round

No. 168 LB D’Andre Walker, Langston Hughes (Georgia) NFL: Titans

No. 171 WR Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian (Auburn) NFL: Giants

Sixth round

No. 205 DB Duke Shelley, Tucker (Kansas State) NFL: Bears

Seventh round

No. 224 TE Isaac Nauta, Buford (Georgia) NFL: Lions

No. 225 DE Darryl Johnson, Camden County (North Carolina A&T) NFL: Bills

No. 237 WR Terry Godwin, Callaway (Georgia) NFL: Panthers

No. 235 DT Dontavius Russell, Carrollton (Auburn) NFL: Jaguars

No. 242 DT Cortez Broughton, Veterans (Cincinnati) NFL: Chargers

No. 252 CB Ken Webster, Stockbridge (Ole Miss) NFL: Patriots

Georgians taken in NFL Draft:

2019 - 14

2018 - 12

2017 - 29

2016 - 15

2015 - 30

2014 - 17

2013 - 20

2012 - 14

2011 - 19

2010 - 16

2009 - 13

2008 - 12

2007 - 12

2006 - 13

2005 - 13

2004 - 13

2003 - 13

2002 - 13

2001 - 18

2000 - 15

1999 - 14

1998 - 15

1997 - 9

1996 - 14

1995 - 9

1994 - 4

1993 - 14

1992 - 13

1991 - 13

1990 - 11

1989 - 16

1988 - 12

2019 draft picks by state*

35 - Florida

27 - Texas

22 - California

14 – Georgia, Ohio

10 – Louisiana, North Carolina

Nine – Mississippi, New Jersey, Illinois, Virginia

Six – Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee

Five – Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington

*List compiled with help from HighSchoolFootballAmerica.com.

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