Only one Yellow Jackets football player was drafted over the weekend, but three others signed with NFL teams on Saturday evening.
Kallon signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday. He played in a dozen games in 2016, racking up 15 tackles in six starts for the Yellow Jackets as a redshirt senior.
At 6-foot-5 and 294 pounds, Kallon showed NFL scouts his freakish speed with a 4.9 40-yard dash at his team’s pro day last month. A native of London, England, Kallon didn’t start playing football until age 18.
P.J. Davis was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars following the draft on Saturday evening. The Cairo, Georgia native was Tech’s second leading tackler with 76 in only 11 games this past season.
The two previous season Davis led the Yellow Jackets in tackles, and likely would have led in 2016, but he missed three games with injury. He was a three-year starter for Tech.
The New York Jets signed Jackets defender Patrick Gamble following the draft. The Central Carroll alum started all 13 games for the Jackets last season.
He finished his redshirt senior season with 54 total tackles (10.5 for a loss), 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
At 6-foot-5 and 277 pounds, Gamble impressed scouts with his ability to disengage opposing lineman and move down the field. His long arms, which was useful on the kick block team at Georgia Tech.
Noticeably absent from the flurry of immediate post-draft signings was former Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas, who had been showcasing himself to scouts as a cornerback.
There is still time for players like Thomas who weren’t drafted or immediately signed by NFL teams, as invites to mini-camps usually follow shortly after, and can lead to contracts.