Georgia football produces 10 players invited to 2020 NFL Combine

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Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift is among 10 Bulldogs who were invited to the NFL combine.

ATHENS — Georgia football will be represented by at least 10 players at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this year, half of them underclassmen.

The NFL released the opening list on Friday.  The following Bulldogs set to take the physical, meet with teams and perform timed and measured drill work in Lucas Oil Stadium from Feb. 23-March 2:

• K Rodrigo Blankenship

• WR Lawrence Cager

• QB Jake Fromm

• RB Brian Herrien

•  OL Solomon Kindley

• S J.R. Reed

• RB D’Andre Swift

• OL Andrew Thomas

• OL Isaiah Wilson

• TE Charlie Woerner

The general consensus going into this phase of the NFL draft evaluation process is that at least six Georgia players will be selected this season.

Junior offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is expected to be the first off the board, going within the top 10 picks. Tailback D’Andre Swift is also a projected first-round pick.

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A high demand for quarterbacks is expected to play into Jake Fromm’s favor, most confident he will be selected in the first two rounds.

Offensive linemen Isaiah Wilson and Solomon Kindley are other possibilities for the first three rounds, while Thorpe Award finalist and All-American safety J.R. Reed is viewed as a later-round pick.

The Bulldogs had nine players invited to the NFL combine last year, with seven of them drafted.

Cornerback Deandre Baker was a first-round pick of the New York Giants, and Super Bowl champion Mecole Hardman was a second-round pick.

Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter and tailback Elijah Holyfield went to the combine but were free-agent signees.

Ledbetter made the Dolphins’ active roster, while Holyfield was originally signed to the Carolina practice squad before going to Philadelphia where he is listed on the team roster.

College Football Playoff National Champion LSU led all schools with 16 players invited to the combine, and Ohio State and Michigan had 11 each.

Georgia and Alabama tied for the second most amount of invites in the SEC, each with 10.

Alabama 10

Arkansas 4

Auburn 9

Florida 8

Georgia 10

Kentucky 2

LSU 16

Ole Miss 4

Mississippi State 7

Missouri 6

South Carolina 5

Tennessee 5

Texas A&M 4

Vanderbilt 3

Georgia has a handful of other players that, despite not being invited to the NFL combine, might still be late-round NFL draft picks or sign free-agent contracts.

The Bulldogs will host a “Pro Day” in March.

RELATED: Kirby Smart says 2019 Pro Day went well for Bulldogs

All 32 NFL teams are likely to be represented at this year’s Pro Day, with general managers, head coaches, assistants and scouts on hand for the mid-March event. The date has yet to be announced.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was among those on hand last season.

Bill Belichick takes in 2019 Georgia Pro Day, AP Photo

Tight end Eli Wolf played in the East-West Shrine Game and by all reports played well.

RELATED: Wolf, Woerner, Herrien and McGhee shine in all-star games

Linebacker Tae Crowder finished his UGA career starting all 14 games for a defense that was tops in the nation against the run and No. 1 in scoring defense.

Defensive linemen Michael Barnett, Tyler Clark and David Marshall will also get individual workouts with teams, as will receiver Tyler Simmons and defensive back Tyrique McGhee.

Georgia players proved last year that you can make an NFL roster without a combine invite.

Jayson Stanley and Natrez Patrick were free-agent signees despite not getting invited or taking part in the NFL combine last year.

Stanley was signed by the Falcons and moved to defensive back, and he’s currently on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster.

Patrick was signed by the Rams and played in 12 games last season.

The SEC led all conferences with 93 players invited to the NFL combine this year, followed by the Big Ten (57), the Pac-12 (47), the ACC (35) and the Big 12 (29).

Recent Georgia NFL Combine Invites

2019 combine

CB Deandre Baker, 5-11, 193

OL Lamont Gaillard, 6-3, 305

WR Terry Godwin, 5-11, 184

WR Mecole Hardman, 5-10, 187

RB Elijah Holyfield, 5-10, 217

DL Jonathan Ledbetter, 6-4, 280

TE Isaac Nauta, 6-3, 244

WR Riley Ridley, 6-1, 199

DE D’Andre Walker, 6-2, 251

2018 combine

DL John Atkins 6-2, 321

LB Davin Bellamy 6-3, 253

LB Lorenzo Carter 6-4, 250

RB Nick Chubb 5-10, 227

RB Sony Michel 5-10, 214

DB Dominick Sanders 5-11, 193

LB Roquan Smith 6-0, 236

DT Trent Thompson 6-2, 288

OL Isaiah Winn, 6-2, 313

WR Javon Wims 6-2, 215

2017 combine

WR Isaiah McKenzie 5-7, 173

2016 combine

DE Sterling Bailey 6-4, 285

OLB Leonard Floyd 6-6, 244

FB Quayvon Hicks 6-1, 259

OLB Jordan Jenkins 6-3, 259

RB Keith Marshall 5-11, 219

NT Chris Mayes 6-3, 338

WR Malcolm Mitchell 6-0, 198

OT John Theus 6-6, 313

2015 combine

WR Chris Conley 6-2, 213

RB Todd Gurley, 6-1, 222

ILB Amario Herrera, 6-1, 244

CB Damian Swann, 6-0, 189

ILB Ramik Wilson, 6-2, 237

2014 combine

TE Arthur Lynch 6-5, 249

QB Aaron Murray 6-0, 207

2013 combine

WR Marlon Brown 6-4, 213

CB Sanders Commings 6-0, 216

DT Kwame Geathers, 6-5, 342

DT John Jenkins, 6-4, 346

OLB Jarvis Jones, 6-2, 245

DT Arby Jones, 6-3, 313

WR Tavarres King, 6-0 189

OLB Alec Ogletree 6-2, 242

FS Bacarri Rambo, 6-0, 211

DE Cornelius Washington, 6-4, 265

SS Shawn Williams, 6-0, 213

2012 combine

OT Justin Anderson, 6-4, 335

CB Brandon Boykin, 5-9, 182

TE Orson Charles, 6-2, 251

OT Cordy Glenn, 6-5, 345

OC Ben Jones, 6-2, 303

DT DeAngelo Tyson, 6-2, 315

K Blair Walsh, 5-9, 187

2011 combine

OG Clint Boling, 6-4, 308

FB Shaun Chapas 6-2, 247

CB Vance Cuff 5-10, 178

OT Josh Davis 6-7, 313

ILB Akeem Dent 6-1, 242

DE Demarcus Dobbs 6-2, 281

WR AJ Green 6-3, 211

OLB Justin Houston 6-2, 270

 

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