Originally created 05/01/06

Falcons don't let Shockley go far



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It didn't take long for a quarterback to again become the hot topic with the Atlanta Falcons.

One day after trade speculation about backup quarterback Matt Schaub ended, the Falcons selected Atlanta native and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley with their final pick in the NFL Draft.

"It's a dream come true," Shockley said. "I get a chance to play for my hometown team. It's a great feeling. I'm glad to be a Falcon."

Shockley was the last of three Falcons draftees Sunday. The team took Syracuse offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnarka in the fifth round and Fresno State special teams specialist Adam Jennings in the sixth . Shockley joined Atlanta in the seventh round with the 223rd pick overall.

The trio rounded out the Falcons' draft class. The team picked Virginia Tech cornerback Jimmy Williams and Mississippi State tailback Jerious Norwood on Saturday.

Shockley will compete with Bryan Randall, signed as an undrafted free agent in April, for the third-string job behind starter Michael Vick and Schaub. Ty Detmer, the third-stringer last season, is not on the team roster.

The Falcons had offers to trade Schaub for a high pick before the draft, though McKay said he never considered it.

Shockley is a favorite around the state, both because he stayed with the Bulldogs despite his status as David Greene's backup for three years and because he led the team to the Southeastern Conference championship last fall.

Those same factors appealed to the Falcons.

"He won and he played well in really big games in which circumstances weren't always positive," McKay said. "And he did it without the breadth of experience others had."

Reach Adam Van Brimmer at adam.vanbrimmer@morris.com.

Falcons draft picks

Jimmy Williams

Virginia Tech, DB

2nd round, 37th overall

Jerious Norwood

Mississippi State, RB

3rd round, 79th overall

Quinn Ojinnaka

Syracuse, OT

5th round, 139th overall

Adam Jennings

Fresno State, WR

6th round, 184th overall

D.J. Shockley

Georgia, QB

7th round, 223th overall