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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
GT draft shutout not indictment on Johnson

By Heather Dinich

For the first time since 2005, Georgia Tech was shut out of the NFL draft. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported this week that only two players have been drafted in the past three seasons, the fewest since the 2001-2003 drafts.

Don’t panic, Georgia Tech fans, it’s not the offense.

Well, OK, maybe a little of it is, but a better explanation lies in each individual story, making this year’s shutout more of an anomaly. A few things to consider:
“I think Paul Johnson takes some unfair heat considering how many games he has won at different spots including Tech,” said ESPN recruiting guru Tom Luginbill, a former Georgia Tech quarterback. “Georgia Tech is a tough place in many ways. You will have spurts of really good periods of NFL-caliber talent and spurts without it, yet the win total with both is often not much different.”

Historically, Georgia Tech has had its share of success in the NFL draft, but much like the ACC’s success on a national level, it’s cyclical. Instead of lamenting this year’s quiet draft, Georgia Tech fans should take solace in the fact that it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see six players drafted in 2014.