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Dawg's day

April 26, 2003

(Undated-AP) -- Boss Bailey watched today as Johnathan Sullivan and George Foster joined the Georgia Bulldogs' exclusive club of recent first-round NFL draft picks.

Expected to be the first linebacker chosen, Bailey instead fell to the second round when the Detroit Lions took him Number 34 overall. Oregon State linebacker Nick Barnett went to Green Bay in the first round, 29th overall.

 Sullivan, a junior defensive tackle, was the surprise pick of the draft. New Orleans sent two first-round picks, Numbers 17 and 18, a second-rounder (54th overall) and a fourth to get the Cardinals' picks in the first, second (37th overall) and fourth (102nd). The Saints, who chose former Georgia defensive end Charles Grant in the first round last year, drafted Jon Stinchcomb, a former standout Bulldog offensive tackle, in the second.

Star running back Musa Smith was chosen in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens. One of the first phone calls Bailey took was from his brother, Washington Redskins cornerback and former Georgia star Champ Bailey. Foster, a senior offensive tackle from Southeast-Macon High, went to Denver Number 20 overall. Foster and Sullivan became the third pair of Bulldogs to go in the first round in the last five years, joining Champ Bailey and Matt Stinchcomb in 1999 and Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud in 2001.

Georgia has never had three players taken in the same first round. The Bulldogs had eight players drafted last year, the most in school history.

Other Georgia players hoping to be drafted in the later rounds include outside linebacker Chris Clemons, offensive tackle Kareem Marshall, middle linebacker Tony Gilbert, guard Alex Jackson, receiver Terrence Edwards, guard Kevin Breedlove and fullback J.T. Wall.

Georgia Tech had receiver Kerry Watkins, linebacker Recardo Wimbush, safety Jeremy Muyres and cornerback Marvious Hester eligible for the draft, and Georgia Southern had safety David Young.