NFL DRAFT ROUNDUP: Tech's Dwyer taken by Steelers; four Bulldogs drafted Saturday; FSU's Rolle taken in sixth round

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Dwyer was the 188th overall pick Saturday. Nicknamed the "Diesel," Dwyer rushed for 3,329 yards and a 6.4 yards per carry average, plus 35 touchdowns, in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense.



ATHENS -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Myron Rolle isn't sure how much his decision to leave football and take advantage of his Rhodes scholarship to study in Oxford cost him.

Rolle does know those who question his commitment to football are way off base.

"I sacrificed a lot in my Rhodes scholarship experience to stay in shape, make sure I was ready and pride myself for this exact moment," Rolle said Saturday after the Tennessee Titans grabbed him with the final pick in the sixth round. "Where my classmates were drinking at the pubs at 1:30 in the morning, I was working out, training, going to sleep."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Rolle finished his undergraduate degree in premed in 2 1/2 tears, then took off from football in 2009 to study in Oxford. He entered the draft and waited to hear his name until the Titans called and used the 207th pick overall on him.

Rolle noted his strength coach, Tom Shaw, gave him a two-hour workout that he and his brother followed six days a week between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. to keep himself in shape. He also worked with a rugby team and returned in mid-December to start preparing for his return to football at the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Combine in February.

Rolle noted he improved his 40-meter time from as high as 4.68 seconds at the combine to between 4.48 to 4.54 seconds at his pro day.

"My times improved when I had a second chance to do it," Rolle said.

So how much did his year off to study hurt him? Rolle said he didn't expect to go Thursday with a small chance to go late Friday night in the third round. He didn't expect to wait as long as he did Saturday before receiving a call.