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Georgia football's three first-round draft picks — Roquan Smith (right), Isaiah Wynn (left) and Sony Michel (not pictured) — told ESPN what they plan to do with their first NFL paychecks.

Georgia’s latest crop of NFL draft picks on what they’ll do with first paycheck

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UGA draftees talk first NFL paychecks

A college graduate’s first real-world paycheck is always a big moment, but it takes on a different magnitude when you’re a first-round NFL draft pick set to make a couple million bucks in your first year out of school. That life-changing moment is around the corner for Georgia’s newest first-round selections: Roquan Smith, Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel.

ESPN reporters caught up with rookies from nearly every NFL team, speaking to UGA’s trio of first-round picks in the process, to find out what they plan to do with the first paycheck of their professional lives.

Smith, the eighth overall pick, said he doesn’t have anything special planned for his first paycheck.

“There’s not anything crazy that I would like. I pretty much have a car,” Smith said, according to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson. “I’m not buying a house, so there’s not really anything that I want to buy.”

Likewise, Michel plans to be frugal with his first bit of NFL scratch.

“I’m going to put it in the bank,” he said, according to Mike Reiss.

Wynn is the only one who has an idea of what he wants to splash some cash on. Like many draftees, Wynn, the Patriots’ top pick, said he plans to use part of his first paycheck to send his mother on vacation.

“I’m definitely going to send my mom on vacation for at least a week and stack the rest,” Wynn said, according to Reiss.

According to spotrac.com, once signed, the UGA trio is expected to earn a combined $40 million over the lives of their rookie contracts, including $23 million in signing bonuses.

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Georgia-Presbyterian baseball game canceled

Georgia baseball’s home game against Presbyterian scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled because of a high chance of thunderstorms in the area. With only a few days remaining in the college baseball regular season, there is no time to reschedule the contest. But with a 35-16 record, 16-11 in the SEC, the missed game won’t adversely affect Georgia’s postseason chances.

With Presbyterian off the slate, only a three-game series with Arkansas (36-15, 17-10 SEC) remains on the regular-season schedule. The first game in that series is set for 7 p.m. ET Thursday at Foley Field in Athens.


This one should make you feel good about Georgia’s chances of returning to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game: Athlon Sports’ Rob McVey ranks the Dawgs’ schedule the second easiest in the conference.

Georgia takes a big step backward with its nonconference slate in 2018. The only Power 5 opposition comes in the form of annual in-state rival Georgia Tech, and the Bulldogs are one of just two SEC teams that never have to leave the comfort of their home stadium for a nonconference game this season.

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