Tuesday, May 2, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
They didn't have their names called this past weekend in the NFL Draft, but Dacula grad O.C. Collins and Norcross grad Bobby Harris still will get their shots with NFL teams.
Both the Gwinnett grads signed free-agent contracts following the draft, Collins with the Washington Redskins and Harris with the San Francisco 49ers. Collins, a defensive back, recently finished his college career at Memphis and Harris, an offensive tackle, played at Ole Miss.
"I like the ball club (in Washington)," Collins said. "I think they're going in the right direction. I'm looking forward to going in there and competing and showing what I can do. They already have interest in me somewhat. I just have to go in and show them what I can do."
Collins had 55 tackles and two interceptions as a senior. The 6-foot-1, 181-pounder started 43 career games at Memphis.
He hoped to be selected this past weekend, but it didn't work out.
Harris, a 6-4, 310-pounder, started three seasons on Ole Miss' offensive line, including 11 starts at left tackle as a senior.
"It's nice to have your name called on TV and be with a team," Harris said of the positives of being drafted. "But being a free agent's not that bad. It's still a blessing for me. I'm just fortunate to have the chance."