Four More Bulldogs Picked In NFL Draft

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None - NFL teams selected four more Bulldogs during the final day of the 2010 NFL Draft on Saturday, bringing the total for Georgia to five players.

Six Georgia players were taken in the 2009 draft but five is more than both the 2008 and 2007 drafts when there were four Bulldogs taken each year.

Senior defensive tackle Geno Atkins was the first Georgia player selected on Saturday after the Cincinnati Bengals took the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native with the 120th overall pick in the fourth round.

Atkins is the first Bulldog that the Bengals have picked since they took linebacker Odell Thurman in the second round of the 2005 draft. The Bengals also selected defensive end David Pollack in the first round of the '05 draft.

Junior safety Reshad Jones was the second Bulldog to be selected during the third day of the draft. The Miami Dolphins took the Atlanta native 163rd overall in the fifth round.

Jones marks the first Georgia player taken by Miami since tight end Randy McMichael in the 2002 draft.

Georgia's next player selected was senior defensive lineman Jeff Owens. After returning from a season-ending knee injury in 2008, Owens was taken with the 243rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round.

The Eagles last selected a Bulldog in the draft after taking offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles in 2006.

Senior defensive lineman Kade Weston marked the third Bulldog at his position taken in the draft and the final Georgia player to be drafted in 2010. The New England Patriots selected Weston as the 248th overall pick during the seventh round.

Tight end Ben Watson was the last player selected by the Patriots after New England took Watson during the first round of the 2004 draft.

The Tennessee Titans selected junior linebacker Rennie Curran with the 97th overall pick in the third round on Friday night.

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