Moses and Johnson taken in 3rd Round

ATHENS – Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses held on after all.

The defensive end from Athens was the first Georgia player selected Saturday in the NFL Draft. Moses, who probably would have been a first round selection had he come out last year, was taken with the first pick of the third round, No. 65 overall, by the Oakland Raiders.

After deciding to return for his senior season and not matching his junior year performance, Moses had been expected by most observers to fall below fellow Georgia defensive end Charles Johnson in this draft.

However, Johnson, a Hawkinsville native who elected to leave school after his junior season, wasn't taken until the middle of the third round, No. 83 overall, by the Carolina Panthers.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.was one of those surprised to see Moses taken ahead of Johnson.

"Back in August (Moses) was one of the elite 10 players for this draft in terms of the senior class, had an average senior year at best, outplayed by Charles Johnson," Kiper said on the network's broadcast of the draft. "(Moses') sack total, his tackles-for-loss total, everything dropped. He wasn't a dominator, but he had that big junior year. Charles Johnson outplayed him; Charles Johnson had a good workout; Charles Johnson is still on the board. Quentin Moses is selected."

Moses, who could not be reached by The Telegraph for comment, had 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss as a senior. He had 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss as a junior.

This year was the first since 2000 that the Bulldogs didn't have a player selected in either the first or second round, and it's the second straight year no Georgia player has been taken in the first round.

Rounds four through seven of the draft will be held today and several Bulldogs will be waiting anxiously, hoping to hear their names called. Tight end Martrez Milner and linebacker Tony Taylor are expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round. Safety Tra Battle, offensive lineman Ken Shackleford and running back Danny Ware also are possible selections.

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