The first Georgia player selected in this year’s NFL draft wasn’t quarterback Aaron Murray, but tight end Arthur Lynch.
Miami selected the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Lynch in the fifth round with the 155th overall pick.
“My agent gave me three or four teams that he really thought would end up taking me and that was one of them,” Lynch said Saturday. “But you really don’t know. You’ve just got to hope for the best and hope it all works out and I’m just kind of happy I’ve got a home.”
Lynch had 30 catches for 459 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.
He will join a Miami team that already has safety Reshad Jones, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and running back Knowshon Moreno.
Murray went eight picks after Lynch to Kansas City in the fifth round.
Lynch was the eighth tight end selected and first Saturday.
“It was intensified, more than I ever thought it would be, very stressful, a lot of work, a lot of patience and due diligence, but I’m just kind of excited that it’s over,” he said.
He’s the sixth Georgia tight end drafted under Mark Richt joining Orson Charles (fouth round, 2012), Martrez Milner (fourth round, 2007), Leonard Pope (third round, 2006), Ben Watson (first round, 2004) and Randy McMichael (fourth round, 2002).
FALCONS: Signed several undrafted free agents, including South Carolina safety Kimario McFadden, South Carolina.
Atlanta also signed wide receivers Bernard Reedy, Geraldo Boldewijn and Freddie Martino, quarterback Jeff Matthews, running back Jerome Smith, tight end Jacob Pedersen, defensive linemen Roosevelt Nix, Donte Rumph, Nosa Eguae, Jacques Smith and Walker May, linebacker Brenden Daley, defensive backs Tay Glover-Wright, Javon Marshall and Jestin Love, offensive lineman James Stone, punter Matt Yoklic, kicker Drew Basil and fullback Maurice Hagens.
TITANS: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is happy to have an NFL home.
Tennessee traded up in the sixth round to draft the Louisiana State standout with the No. 178 overall pick.
“I took a long hard road to get where I’m at and now I’m an NFL player,” Mettenberger said.
Mettenberger began his college career at Georgia before being dismissed after redshirting his freshman season.
Mitch Olson, who coached Mettenberger at Oconee County, sent him a congratulatory text Saturday after he was picked.
“Hey, I think it’s great,” Olson said. “He got drafted. It’s a kid’s dream come true no matter what round it is. He’s lived through some adversity and done a great job. Now he’s going to play professional football close to home. I think his parents could probably drive up to see every game. I think that’s a cool thing.”
Mettenberger was the 10th quarterback to be selected and the third of the high-profile Southeastern Conference quarterbacks to be selected after Georgia’s Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron went in the fifth round.
“The jury is still out on me,” Mettenberger said. “I’m going to do everything I can to prove everyone wrong that I am a great player and a great person. More importantly that I am a great person. I really want to show that to everyone.”