New Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones, left, is introduced at the by Steelers president Art Rooney II.
Late Friday, Early County’s Williams taken 84th overall by Bengals in NFL Draft
NEW YORK — The Cincinnati Bengals took former Early County star and Georgia safety Shawn Williams in Friday’s third round of the NFL Draft, making the Blakely native the 84th overall pick.
Williams was the fourth Georgia player taken in this year’s draft, following linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, who were both taken in Thursday’s first round, and John Jenkins, who was taken by the New Orleans Saints 82nd overall.
Williams was the second-leading tackler for Georgia last season with 98 tackles. He also recorded 5.5 tackles for losses, which ranked fifth on the team.
He finished his college career with 209 tackles, 10.5 tackles for losses and four interceptions in 54 games as a Bulldog.
Williams is just the latest Bulldog to be drafted by Cincinnati, which has become a popular destination from Athens in the last few years. Star wideout A.J. Green and offensive lineman Clint Boling were drafted by the Bengals two years ago, and tight end Orson Charles was picked by Cincinnati a year ago.
NEW YORK — Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree were selected 17th and 30th, respectively, in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft late Thursday night in New York.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jones with the 17th overall pick while the St. Louis Rams picked Ogletree with the 30th overall pick.
However, two other former UGA — and Southwest Georgia — stars had different luck Friday in the second and third rounds. Bulldog defensive backs Bacarri Rambo (Seminole County) was not selected by The Herald’s press time Friday, while Shawn Williams (Early County) was selected 84th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. Both are defensive backs and were predicted to be taken in the second-through-fourth rounds.
Jones and Williams are the first Bulldogs taken in the first round since the Cincinnati Bengals selected A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick in 2011. The last time a pair of Georgia players were selected in the first round was in 2008 when Matthew Stafford went first to the Detroit Lions and Knowshon Moreno went 12th to the Denver Broncos.
The Steelers, whose starting punter is former Bulldog All-American Drew Butler, last selected a Georgia player in the draft in 2005 with Fred Gibson (fourth round, 30th pick, 131st overall). Ken Shackelford (sixth round, 16th pick, 190th overall) was the last Georgia player selected by the Rams.
Georgia has now had 15 players selected in the last three years with the final six rounds remaining of the 2013 draft.
A 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus, Jones played in 26 games over his two seasons with Georgia, starting all of them. He finished his career with 28 sacks in that span (1.08/game), which is tied for third in school history. Jones also recorded 44 tackles for loss of 235 yards, 155 total tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception during his time as a Bulldog.
Jones, a 2012 consensus First Team All-American, finished the 2012 season leading the nation in sacks (14.5 for loss of 103 yards) and tackles for loss (24.5 for loss of 132 yards) and forced fumbles (seven). He was third on the Bulldogs with 85 stops and added an interception and two fumble recoveries in 12 games played last season (Jones was injured for two of Georgia’s 14 games).
In his final game with the Bulldogs, Jones set the single season record for sacks (14.5) after adding a pair versus Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He also took over the No. 1 ranking for tackles for loss in a season (24.5) with two against the Cornhuskers.
Jones joined the Bulldogs as a scout team member in 2010 after transferring from Southern California. He was a consensus First Team All-American in 2011 after leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) and piling up 70 tackles in 14 games.
A 6-3, 232-pound native of Newnan, Ogletree appeared in 10 games for the Bulldogs in 2012 and made nine starts. During his time on the field last year, he piled up 111 tackles and was the team’s leading tackler in each of the final six games.
Ogletree, who also snagged an interception against Ole Miss last season, was named to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team thanks in part to his performance during the win over No. 16 Nebraska in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. He registered 13 tackles, including a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Ogletree finished the year as one of the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Defensive Players. Another career highlight for Ogletree came against No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game as he recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 55 yards for a touchdown. Ogletree spent his three years on Georgia’s roster with his twin brother Alexander Ogletree, who suited up at fullback.
All Bulldogs picked throughout the draft will be posted on georgiadogs.com.