For Georgia, an uncommon draft year

semerson@macon.comMay 1, 2014 

Matt Stafford declared for the 2008 NFL draft, when he was picked first overall by the Detroit Lions.

DALE ZANINE — UGA sports communications

ATHENS - There have been years that Georgia's football and basketball teams have been hit hard by players leaving early for the pros. This was not one of those years. In fact, neither team was hit at all.

Georgia was one of just three SEC schools that didn't have anyone declare for either the NFL or NBA drafts. Arkansas and Mississippi State were the other two.

The last time the UGA football program didn't have a player declare early for the draft was 2008, per a team spokesman, and prior to that it was 2000. The basketball program loses players less frequently, but it has happened twice in the past four years.

The recent list of Georgia players declaring early for the NFL draft (might have missed a few):

2013: Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, Kwame Geathers.
2012: Orson Charles
2011: A.J. Green, Justin Houston
2010: Rennie Curran
2009: Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno
2008: None
2007: Charles Johnson
2006: Leonard Pope
2005: Thomas Davis, Odell Thurman
2004: Robert Geathers
2003: Jonathan Sullivan
2002: Charles Grant
2001: Richard Seymour
2000: None

The recent list of Georgia players declaring for the NBA draft:

2013: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2012: None
2011: Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie
2010: None
2009: None
2008: None
2007: None
2006: None
2005: None
2004: None
2003: Jarvis Hayes
2002: None
2001: None
2000: None

Here's the NBA early entry list this year.

Here's a link to the NFL list.

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