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.