Georgia’s Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno to enter NFL draft

The Georgia Bulldogs will soon be a little lighter in their offensive backfield as junior quarterback Matthew Stafford and redshirt sophomore running back Knowshon Moreno have each decided to enter the NFL draft in April.

Knownshon MorenoMultiple sources with knowledge of the players’ decisions said Moreno was definitely leaning toward entering the NFL draft, but said Stafford had wrestled with his decision for several days.

Stafford, a junior from Highland Park, Texas, might be the first player selected in the draft, according to Todd McShay, director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. who also does NFL draft analysis for ESPN.

The strong-armed passer set a Georgia single-season record with 25 touchdown passes this year. He threw for 3,459 yards this season, the second-best total in school history, and ranked 15th nationally in pass efficiency.

Moreno, a sophomore from Bedford, N.J., ran for 1,338 yards and 16 touchdowns before the Bulldogs’ 24-12 win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. He became the first Georgia player since 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to run for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Stafford probably “wrestled with his decision” because he was at home in front of the mirror repeating, “With the first overall pick, the Detroit Lions select…Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Georgia…” over and over to himself. That’s enough to make a grown man question what he’s about to do.

I’m a little surprised about Moreno. I thought he’d stay for one more year and then be the top back coming out next year, but now he’ll compete with Beanie Wells as the top back selected.

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