The Georgia Bulldogs have always been a powerhouse in the world of college football. Last year’s team proved especially dominant. UGA breezed through the College Football Playoff on the back of a ridiculous defense. The defending national champs were also big winners at the NFL Draft.
During yesterday’s first round, the Georgia defense saw five of its players selected. That is a new record in the common era of the draft. It also accounts for almost half of the team’s defenders.
Many schools celebrate having just one first round pick. Georgia broke the record previously shared by Miami (2004) and Florida State (2006) with a ridiculous amount of talent coming off the board in the 1st round. That included the #1 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Travon Walker.
Twelve selections later, the Philadelphia Eagles picked defensive tackle Jordan Davis. As the night went on, more and more Bulldogs were taken. The Green Bay Packers chose two Georgia defenders in linebacker Quay Walker (22nd pick) and DT Devonte Wyatt (28th pick).
The final pick of the first round was defensive back Lewis Cline to the Minnesota Vikings. From top to bottom, this year’s first round eschewed the usual tradition of teams taking quarterbacks. Pitt’s Kenny Pickett was the only QB taken on the night.
Defense was the order of the day in the first round. We will have to see how things shake out going forward. One thing is for sure, the Georgia Bulldogs are going to have some big-time talent to replace on defense next season.
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