The 2020 NFL Draft is still slated to happen three weeks from Thursday, though obviously not in its original intended form. But the draft is still on and the Bulldogs figure to be well represented over the course of the seven rounds.
In ESPN’s Todd McShay latest mock draft, which extended to two rounds, he has three Bulldogs being selected in the first two rounds.
The first Bulldog projected to come off the board is still offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, as McShay had the Georgia left tackle going to the Denver Broncos with pick No. 15.
“Thomas has room to improve some of his technique, but he has the tools to be a starting offensive tackle,” McShay said of Thomas. “Selecting him would go a long way toward building around Drew Lock, the Broncos’ QB of the future.”
Thomas was a standout for the Bulldogs, starting on both the right and left sides of the line. He started every game his freshman at right tackle, before emerging as one of the best offensive linemen in the country as Georgia’s left tackle in each of the past two seasons.
The last Georgia offensive lineman taken in the first round was Isaiah Wynn, who the Patriots took in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The next Bulldog to come off the board in McShay’s mock draft is also headed to the AFC West, as McShay has the Kansas City Chiefs selecting D’Andre Swift with the final pick in the first round.
“I definitely think D’Andre did an unbelievable job commanding respect and wanting the ball, especially in big moments in big games,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on Tuesday. “I go back to Notre Dame, I go back to Texas A&M, there were a lot of times in tight ball games that he was able to get conversions and create openings and make explosive plays.
“I know what kind of competitor he is. I know the NFL scouts know that. But for as good as a competitor he is, he’s an even better person.”
Worked so hard to get here. Prepared for the process & now just weeks away from hearing my name called #NFLDraft. Thank you @paniniamerica for helping me tell my story. 🙏🏽 #roadtotheratedrookie #alleyesonme pic.twitter.com/ASCObdMihM
— SWIFT7️⃣ (@DAndreSwift) March 30, 2020
Swift rushed for 1,218 yards last season and the number likely would’ve been higher had he not been slowed by a shoulder injury to end the season. He also proved to be very effective as a pass-catcher in his time at Georgia, as he caught 73 passes over the course of his college career.
McShay did have Swift as his first running back off the board.
The final Bulldog to appear in McShay’s mock draft is right tackle Isaiah Wilson. The Georgia right tackle is pegged to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 61 pick. Like Thomas, Wilson declared for the NFL draft prior to Georgia’s appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Wilson spent the past two seasons as Georgia’s starting right tackle.
The 2020 NFL draft is set for April 23-25, with the first round beginning on the 23.
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