April 22, 2010
Jonathan Dwyer became the fourth Georgia Tech player selected in the 2010 NFL draft when he was selected in the sixth round Saturday by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dwyer, a running back, was the 188th pick overall.
Morgan Burnett became the third Georgia Tech player selected when he was drafted in Friday’s third round by the Green Bay Packers. Burnett, a safety, was the 71st pick overall.
The last time two Yellow Jackets were taken in the first round of the draft came in 1979 when Eddie Lee Ivery (Green Bay) and Kent Hill (Los Angeles Rams) were drafted 15th and 26th overall, respectively. The last time three Tech players were taken in the first three rounds came in 2004.
This marks the second straight year four Yellow Jackets have been drafted.
Morgan is the fourth Yellow Jacket defensive lineman to be drafted over the last two years. Burnett is the first Tech DB to be drafted since Dawan Landry in 2006. Dwyer is the third Tech RB drafted since 2006, following P.J. Daniels and Tashard Choice.
Morgan, an All-American defensive end, was the 16th overall selection by the Tennessee Titans. Morgan was the first Tech player to be selected in the first round since Calvin Johnson was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Detroit Lions.
Thomas, the first wide receiver to be selected in the 2010 draft, was taken 22nd overall by the Denver Broncos.
Morgan is the first Georgia Tech player ever drafted by Tennessee. Tech’s Mike Mooney was selected by that franchise, the Houston Oilers, in the fourth round of the 1992 draft. Thomas is the first Yellow Jacket taken by Denver since 2002 when Chris Young was selected in the seventh round. Thomas is just the second Tech player the Broncos have drafted since 1970.
Burnett is the first Yellow Jacket drafted by Green Bay since Charlie Simmons in 1995.
Dwyer, the 2008 ACC Player of the Year, is the first Tech player drafted by Pittsburgh since Lethon Flowers in 1995.
Georgia Tech’s Cord Howard (OL) is another draft candidate.