FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ The N-F-L draft had barely started
when Calvin Johnson heard his name called. Then it was a long dry
spell for state players.
Georgia Tech's star receiver went Number two overall to the
Detroit Lions, the highest choice ever for the Yellow Jackets.
Before Johnson, the school's top pick was Eddie Prokop, the fourth
choice in 1945 by the Boston Yanks.
L-S-U quarterback JaMarcus Russell was the top pick, taken by
the Oakland Raiders, but Johnson was rated by many scouts as the
Johnson said -- quote -- ``It's great to be picked that high.
It's a great feeling.''
No one else from the state got to experience that sort of
feeling for nine hours. The next local pick was Georgia defensive
end Quentin Moses, whose stock fell with a disappointing senior
season. He went with the opening choice of the third round, Number
65 to the Raiders.
The Bulldogs' other end, Charles Johnson, also was a third-round
choice, taken by Carolina with the 83rd pick. Georgia was shut out
of the first round for the second year in a row.
The Bulldogs were shut out of the first round for the second
year in a row.
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