Georgia Tech Players Going Pro

The Detroit Lions just became more popular to Georgia Tech fans over the weekend. Not only did they draft and keep Calvin Johnson with the second overall pick, but they'll also give free agent tryouts to former GT quarterback Reggie Ball (who'll be looked at as a receiver and/or returner) and tight end George Cooper.

The Detroit Lions just became more popular to Georgia Tech fans over the weekend. Not only did they draft and keep Calvin Johnson with the second overall pick, but they'll also give free agent tryouts to former GT quarterback Reggie Ball (who'll be looked at as a receiver and/or returner) and tight end George Cooper.

Many thought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or other teams like the Atlanta Falcons, might trade up in the 2007 draft to get to Johnson but none of those teams offered up what it took to land who most said was the best player in the draft. With the high price tag on the second pick, it was becoming clear that Detroit was going to be in a position to happily stick with this pick.

The Seattle Seahawks paid a high price for the pick in the fourth round used on Mansfield Wrotto. They traded Darrell Jackson to San Francisco for the rights to the pick. Wrotto has started as both a defensive tackle and an offensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets. Being a little undersized for an NFL tackle, Mansfield will be looked at as a guard or possibly center.

It was a disappointing day for other Jackets hoping to be drafted. Defensive lineman Joe Anoai, linebacker KaMichael Hall and tight end Michael Matthews though have already signed as free agents with other teams. Matthews will try and make the Giants, a team whose roster features former teammates Gerris Wilkinson and James Butler. One many thought would get drafted, Hall will hook up with the World Champion Colts. Anoai is considered a 'tweener for size in the NFL between tackle and end. The Vikings though got a super football player who has overcome questions about his size before when he came to college as a linebacker and grew into an end and then a tackle. Finally, the Bucs don't get Calvin, but they'll take a look at the guy who faced him every day in practice, cornerback Kenny Scott.

Drafted

Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions (1st Round)

Mansfield Wrotto - Seattle Seahawks (4th Round)

Free Agents

Joe Anoai - Minnesota Vikings (Free Agent)

KaMichael Hall - Indianapolis Colts (Free Agent)

Michael Matthews - New York Giants (Free Agent)

Free Agent Tryout - This Weekend

Kenny Scott - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tryout)

Reggie Ball - Detroit Lions (Tryout)

George Cooper - Detroit Lions (Tryout)


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