ATHENS — Eric Stokes made his case as the fastest man in the 2021 NFL Draft and the Green Bay Packers took notice.
Green Bay selected the speedy Stokes, who ran a 4.25-second time in the 40-yard dash leading up to the draft, with the 29th pick of the first round.
• 2020 OT Isiah Wilson (29th, Tennessee Titans)
Stokes led Georgia with four interceptions in the nine games he played in 2020, including two Pick-6 plays.
Stokes put himself on the 2021 NFL Draft landscape by running a 4.25-second time in the 40-yard dash, backing that up with an eye-opening 130-inch broad jump and 38.5-inch vertical.
Explosive? You bet. But also, humble.
“I know for a fact I have to improve my ball skills,” Stokes said after his Pro Day workout in Athens last March.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, a former NFL scout with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, has been bullish on Stokes.