ATHENS — Here’s the latest sign that this could be a record year for Georgia football players in the NFL draft: It had 10 players invited to the NFL combine.
The NFL released the official list of those invited to the event, which is from Feb. 28-March 5 in Indianapolis. A total of 326 are on the list. Here were the Georgia players who were invited:
- DT John Atkins
- OLB Davin Bellamy
- OLB Lorenzo Carter
- RB Nick Chubb
- RB Sony Michel
- ILB Roquan Smith
- S Dominick Sanders
- DL Trenton Thompson
- WR Javon Wims
- OL Isaiah Wynn
The most players Georgia has had drafted is eight, which has happened twice, most recently in 2013.
Of course, an invite to the NFL combine does not guarantee being drafted. And not getting invited doesn’t mean not getting drafted. (There are 256 draft picks, 70 less than the number invited to Indianapolis.) But the combine list is another indicator.
Georgia did not have the most players invited. Alabama led the way with 14. A few other notable schools: Oklahoma, which Georgia knocked off in the Rose Bowl, had five players invited. Auburn, which Georgia beat in the SEC championship, had six. Clemson, the other participant in the College Football Playoff, only had five invited, after a number of underclassmen elected to stay at Clemson this year.
Georgia had two underclassmen declare. Smith is widely expected to be a first-round pick, while Thompson is coming off a down year, at least statistically, but will try to use the combine, UGA’s pro day and workouts to increase his stock.
Wynn has also pushed into first-round projections after a good performance during Senior Bowl week.
Wims, who was Georgia’s leading receiver, sat out the Senior Bowl because of a shoulder injury he suffered in the national championship. He will have a chance to perform at the combine.
There was at least one Georgia player who appeared to feel he was snubbed: Defensive back Aaron Davis tweeted “comical” shortly after the list was released. Davis started 45 games at UGA, tying the record for a non-kicker who came to the team as a walk-on.