ESPN expert: Georgia football to tie record in 2022 NFL Draft, 14 players projected to be taken

100221 ATHENS: Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson (left) and inside linebacker Quay Walker sandwich Arkansas quarterback Malik Hornsby during a 37-0 shut out in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Athens. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

ATHENS — Georgia football’s collection and development of talent under Kirby Smart has been well-documented, and the Bulldogs are on the verge of yet another unprecedented achievement in the NFL.

Georgia will set a new school-record for more players selected on one NFL Draft this year, surpassing the mark set last season (nine) and challenging the national record of 14 set by LSU in the 2020 draft.

ESPN insider Jordan Reid protects 14 Bulldogs to be selected in the upcoming draft (April 28-30) in his most recent paysite article.

Amazing, the Bulldogs actually have 16 players with NFL draft grades, meaning the record could be broken.

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Georgia sent a program-record 14 players to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, where just weeks earlier the Bulldogs beat Alabama by a 33-18 count in the CFP Championship Game.

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Smart said he isn’t certain if he’ll make an in-person appearance at the draft, which is in Las Vegas, as the Georgia player recruiting — and retainment — schedule has been booked for UGA’s busy, rebuilt coaching staff.

Reid’s projections suggest four Bulldogs will be selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft — which would be another school record.

Further, there could be 10 Georgia football players selected in the first three rounds, which would be yet another school mark.

Here’s a look at where UGA players are expected to be picked in the most recent ESPN draft report:

2022 NFL Draft FIRST ROUND

No. 7 Travon Walker, N.Y. Giants

No. 13 Jordan Davis, Houston

No. 23 Devonte Wyatt, Arizona

No. 32 Nakobe Dean, Detroit

2022 NFL Draft SECOND ROUND

No. 36 Quay Walker, N.Y. Giants

No. 49 Lewis Cine, New Orleans

No. 53 George Pickens, Green Bay

No. 58 Jamaree Salyer, Atlanta

2022 NFL Draft THIRD ROUND

No. 70 Channing Tindall, Jacksonville

No. 102 James Cook, Miami

2022 NFL Draft FIFTH ROUND

No. 163 Zamir White, N.Y. Jets

2022 NFL Draft SIXTH ROUND

No. 205 Derion Kendrick, Houston

No. 215 Justin Shaffer, Arizona

2022 NFL Draft SEVENTH ROUND

No. 255 Adam Anderson, L.A. Chargers

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*Punter Jake Camarda and tight end John FitzPatrick also have NFL draft grades and could be selected.

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