Now that the NFL Draft is over and the undrafted free agent rush has come to an end, here's a recap of who was drafted and where each former Yellow Jacket ended up. As many people expected, Jeremiah Attaochu was the first Georgia Tech football player off the board. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 50th pick of the draft (second round) and is now in a good position to succeed. The Chargers have spent draft picks upgrading their defensive line and should give Attaochu every chance to succeed in rushing the passer.
Jemeah Thomas was selected in the 6th round by the Patriots, who always seem to draft multiple defensive backs every year. If Thomas can play well and make the team, he will be put in a great situation. The Patriots have Pro Bowlers all over their roster and he'll learn how to approach each game as a professional.
Brandon Watts rounded out Georgia Tech's drafted players, being picked up by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round. The Vikings capped their impressive draft off with a very solid linebacker who has the potential to develop into a legitimate NFL contributor if they are patient with him. The Vikings have some pieces on defense and this could be a nice situation for him.
The last three potential draftees went undrafted, but two quickly found themselves on NFL rosters during the UDFA signing period. Louis Young opted to sign with the Broncos, while Emmanuel Dieke chose to sign with the New York Giants. As of right now, Jay Finch has not signed with a team, which comes as a surprise.
Attaochu is the only prospect who should see immediate playing time, which means this draft class will take a while to develop. I wouldn't be surprised to see Watts have a more successful career than Thomas, however, given the situation he's been placed in. Compared to last year, this has been a better draft and gets Tech fans back to what we're used to seeing. It's also nice when we have more players drafted than the school up the road.