Moses and Pope putting off NFL talk

ATHENS – Defensive end Quentin Moses and tight end Leonard Pope have one more month to decide if they'll skip their senior seasons, but both are putting it off until at least next year.

"I'll start thinking about all that after the bowl game," said Moses, who has 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss this year. "I'll sit down with my family and think about it then. Right now, I'm trying really not to think about it, just keep playing football and focus on West Virginia."

Quentin Moses and Leonard Pope could jump straight to the NFL Draft. Georgia has lost at least one player to early NFL entry in each of the last five years. Moses already has started to hear from agents, he said.

"I've received letters and stuff, but besides that, if anybody tries to contact me I tell them I haven't made a decision," he said. "I don't even want to think about it after the bowl game."

Pope, who had 33 catches for a team-high 491 yards this year, is taking the same approach.

"Right I'm not really focusing on that," he said. "Yeah, I think about, but I'm just trying to wait everything out and get through West Virginia. I'm not leaning no type of way, I'm just trying to give me team the best of my ability."

Both players have made inquiries about their draft status to the NFL's underclassmen advisory committee but haven't heard back yet. Bulldog fans can take heart in the fact that it's a strong year at each player's position.

At defensive end, North Carolina State's Mario Williams, Boston College Mathias Kiwanuka, Penn State's Tamba Hali and Louisville's Elvis Dumervil all could be first round draft picks. At tight end, Maryland's Vernon Davis and UCLA's Marcedes Lewis are projected to go in the first round.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15, 13 days after the Bulldogs play West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl.

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