Eight Tech seniors make NFL rosters|
By Prezre Lease
April 23, 1999
Three seniors from Georgia Tech's 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference championship football team were selected in the 1999 National Football League draft held last weekend, and five other Yellow Jackets have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.
Nate Stimson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was the first Yellow Jacket drafted with his fourth round selection by the Washington Redskins. Stimson, who had 53 tackles and 6.5 sacks last fall, played defensive end for Tech but is projected as a linebacker. He was the 12th pick of the fourth round.
Wide receiver/tailback Charlie Rogers (Cliffwood, N.J.), a second-team all-ACC honoree as a specialist, was selected with the 19th pick in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
Two-time all-ACC punter Rodney Williams (Decatur, Ga.), who averaged yards per kick over the last two seasons, was chosen by the St. Louis Rams with the 46th pick in the seventh round.
After the draft, several players signed free agent contracts.
Consensus all-America center Craig Page (Jupiter, Fla.) and linebacker Delaunta Cameron (Arlington, Va.), Tech's leading tackler last fall, signed free agent contracts with the Tennessee Titans.
All-ACC defensive end Jesse Tarplin (Decatur, Ga.) signed with the New York Giants, cornerback Jason Bostic (Lauderhill, Fla.) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, and split end Mike Sheridan (Massapequa, N.Y.) signed with the New England Patriots. NFL Draft Picks Nate Stimson (Washington Redskins) Charlie Rogers (Seattle Seahawks) Rodney Williams (St. Louis Rams) Free Agent Signees Jason Bostic (Philadelphia Eagles) Delaunta Cameron (Tennessee Titans) Craig Page (Tennessee Titans) Jesse Tarplin (New York Giants) Mike Sheridan (New England Patriots)