Georgia: Where Some Top Bulldogs Prospects Could Be Drafted
The end of the college football season certainly came as a surprise for the Georgia Bulldogs and their fans. After almost three complete seasons of going undefeated, the two teams left out of the college football playoff will faceoff in the Orange Bowl, with Georgia playing Florida State on December 30. It’s also time to turn our attention to where some of the Georgia Bulldogs prospects could be selected in the NFL draft this coming April.
Of course, it’s always speculation. As we turn the calendars to 2024, the draft discussion will only heat up. Mock drafts will continue to appear, more players will declare themselves eligible, and the combine will take place. All of this changes the order in which analysts project who will be drafted and where.
The past two seasons an exceptional amount of Georgia players were drafted. In fact, the Philadelphia Eagles have essentially become the Georgia Bulldogs North. Right after the draft last year, USA Today detailed the six Eagles players who are former Bulldogs.
As we inch towards the NFL draft, aka the most wonderful time of the year, let’s take a look at current Bulldogs who could be first-round picks in the upcoming 2024 draft.
You can’t start this list without Bowers being the first name we discuss. Even coming off a season marked with injuries, Bowers is going to be a top pick. He is the best tight end in the upcoming draft. Which NFL teams need a tight end? Let’s rephrase: which NFL team that will be drafting within the first 15 picks need a tight end? The two New York teams come to mind. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could certainly use offensive help, as could the Tennessee Titans. This is a quarterback-heavy draft, so the expectation is that much of the first ten picks will revolve around quarterback movement. On the clock here, we will go with the New York Jets somewhere around pick 8.
One of the best all-around tackles in this draft will need to officially declare himself eligible, but it is widely believed Mims will do so. If you need a reminder, Mims is six foot-seven and about 340 pounds. He is likely a late first-round pick. The Chicago Bears, Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals are just some of the teams in need of a stud tackle. Mims will most likely be the fifth or sixth tackle off the board.
For teams looking for a slot receiver, Ladd McConkey is as good as it gets. He’s a grinder who is unafraid to take on the tough routes over the middle. This is deep draft in terms of larger-sized receivers that will likely go ahead of McConkey. If many of them (like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Rome Odunze) go early, McConkey could find himself bounce up to the late first round. The Taylor Swift-endorsed Kansas City Chiefs could use some help for Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes. So, the Georgia Bulldogs top WR would be a great NFL fit if the Chiefs take him in the draft.