Thursday night was a historic night for the Georgia football program, as it was the first time in that three players Georgia players were taken in the first round.
Georgia has had two players taken in the first round multiple times, the last time being back in 2013, but when the New England Patriots took Sony Michel with the No. 31 pick, it was the first time that third player had been taken in the first round of the NFL draft from Georgia. Michel will join Isaiah Wynn, who was taken with the No. 23 pick by the New England Patriots.
Roquan Smith was the first Bulldog taken and the first SEC player taken with the No. 8 pick by the Chicago Bears. It was the second time in three years that a Georgia player was the first SEC player taken, as Leonard Floyd was the No. 9 pick by the Bears in 2016. This is a stark differnce from the 2017 NFL Draft, when Isaiah McKenzie was the only Georgia taken at all during the NFL draft. McKenzie was picked in the fifth round.
Overall there were nine SEC players taken in the first round. Alabama had four players taken in the first round, and that was the only school that topped Georgia. The nine players was the most by any conference. Georgia had more players taken than the entire Big 12 confernce, which had just one player taken in the first round, and that was Baker Mayfield who went first overall.
And as Georgia fans and players are fond of saying, Georgia isn’t done yet. Georgia could have a number of players drafted during on Friday, including Nick Chubb and Lorenzo Carter who both figure to be second round picks. The second round begins on Friday night at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN or the NFL Network.