Originally created 04/22/01

Locals fare well in NFL draft



The biggest surprise came Friday when the Atlanta Falcons traded with San Diego to earn the No. 1 pick in Saturday's NFL Draft.

When the Falcons selected former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick with the top pick, there was little suspense.

Former Aiken High School and Florida State University standout Jamal Reynolds had to sweat out how high he would be selected. But less than two hours into the draft, Green Bay selected Mr. Reynolds with the 10th pick.

"It was a little emotional," said Mr. Reynolds, who played defensive end in college. "I think I was out of the room (on the phone with Green Bay) when everybody called me back ... and told me my name was called (on TV)."

Mr. Reynolds was the first top draft selection since former Washington County High standouts Takeo Spikes and Robert Edwards went to Cincinnati and New England, respectively, in the first round of the 1998 draft.

Former Laney High and University of Georgia standout Kendrell Bell was taken by Pittsburgh in the second round Saturday.

However, former Butler High and Georgia Tech star Chris Brown was not picked. Neither were former Lakeside High standouts David Rivers and Ryan Sprague.

Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud, who played side by side at Georgia, were together again in the first round of the NFL draft.

Mr. Seymour was picked by New England at No. 6 overall, while Mr. Stroud went seven spots later to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In addition, quarterback Quincy Carter, who chose to leave Georgia after his junior season, was taken in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys, the 53rd player taken. It was the Cowboys' first pick in the draft.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

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