ATHENS — Georgia All-American cornerback Eric Stokes ran a 4.246-second laser time in the 40-yard dash on Friday during his combine workout at the House of Athlete Scouting Combine Showcase in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
There have been various projections on where Stokes might go in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Stokes’ 40 time, which if verified would rank as the third-fastest ever, should launch him into everyone’s first-round.
A former standout from Covington, Ga., Stokes wasn’t even a starting defensive back at the start of his senior season.
Coach Kirby Smart and former UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker recruited Stokes and redshirted him his freshman year, as he was the lowest-rated player in the Bulldogs’ 2017 signing class.
Stokes broke through in 2018, delivering a game-ball performance with a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and a pass break-up in the end zone on former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in a 43-29 win.
Stokes haunted Missouri again this season, delivering a Pick 6 to spark the Bulldogs in a 49-14 on a cold day in Columbia, Mo.
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Stokes said last Monday he planned to run and perform drills at the Georgia football Pro Day on March 17 in Athens.
The Bulldogs could have a program-record 11 players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, which runs April 29-May 1.
UGA outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari is considered a first-round lock, and some projections have Stokes’ fellow Bulldogs’ cornerback Tyson Campbell being selected in the first round.
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Eric Stokes focused on the moment, ready to run blazing 40 in Florida