McShay: No shame in how Georgia did last season

semerson@macon.comApril 19, 2013 

Next week, Georgia should set a school record for the most players ever drafted. Since 2001, Georgia has had the fourth-most players players drafted, behind Southern California, Ohio State and Miami, and ahead of LSU, Florida and Oklahoma.

All of those schools, with the exception of Georgia, have either won a national championship or at least appeared in the BCS championship game over that period.

So should Georgia fans be upset, particularly this year?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay doesn't think so.

"Think about how close they were to beating Alabama. And then they go on and beat Notre Dame and win the national championship. This team was extremely close," McShay said Friday during a teleconference to preview the draft. "They overcame a lot of off-the-field issues, all those suspensions and a couple injuries early in the year. And they finally jelled. Their schedule was not the toughest, I'll give you that. If you're a Georgia fan, I'm assuming there's probably a little bit of frustration with all these players from Alec Ogletree to Jarvis Jones and maybe John Jenkins in the first round; Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams at safety, Cornelius Washington at defensive end, Sanders Commings at cornerback-safety, Kwame Geathers, Abry Jones, I mean the list goes on and on with these guys. It's remarkable how much talent. I get it.

"But I also think you have to keep perspective, and how close they were to playing for the national championship and a game they in all likelihood would have been able to win. It was just that close, and they almost got started a quarter of the way into the year because of all the suspensions. Which, you can blame on the coaching staff, or the lack of discipline, wherever you wanna put it. But I don't think you can lose sight of how close this team was."

Schools with the most drafted players since 2001, according to NFL.com:

1. Southern Cal: 71
2. Ohio State: 70
3. Miami: 69
4. Georgia: 64
5. LSU: 61
6. Florida: 56
7. Oklahoma: 56

The draft begins Thursday in New York City, and will be broadcast on ESPN and the NFL Network. The first round is Thursday night, the second and third round on Friday night, and the remaining four rounds on Saturday.

Follow Seth Emerson at @sethemerson.

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