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The Georgia defense brings back 9 of 11 starters from a team that beat Baylor 26-14 in the Sugar Bowl and many others who shutout Auburn for three quarters on the road in a crucial 21-14 win last season.

WATCH: How Georgia defense sets up record-breaking 2021 NFL Draft class

ATHENS — Georgia could match the school record for NFL draft picks in one year with defensive players alone in 2021.

That’s right, it’s possible the 2020 Bulldogs could have at least eight players selected in the 2021 NFL draft next April.

It’s not out of the question that nine or even 10 players off this coming season’s defense could be picked, if everyone stays health and Georgia dominates as expected.

It sounds outrageous until you look at the names and consider Georgia had the best defense in the nation last season. The Bulldogs were No. 1 in scoring defense, No. 1 in rushing defense, No. 3 in total defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense.

Then consider that the only UGA defensive player drafted off the 2019 team was inside linebacker Tae Crowder. At that, Crowder was the last pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The takeaway from that is a lot of really talented players are coming back on a Georgia defense where 37 players saw 100 snaps or more.

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The Bulldogs have had seven players selected in each of the past two NFL drafts, but the 2021 NFL Draft should see 10 or more Bulldogs picked.

The record of eight Georgia players picked in the NFL draft was set twice, in 2002 and most recently 2013.

Georgia 2021 NFL Draft prospects

Defense

Sr. SS Richard LeCounte

Jr. CB Tyson Campbell

Jr. CB Eric Stokes

Sr. CB DJ Daniel

Sr. DB Mark Webb

Sr. LB Monty Rice

R.So. OLB Azeez Ojulari

Sr. OLB Jermaine Johnson

Sr. OLB Walter Grant

Jr. OLB Adam Anderson

Jr. NT Jordan Davis

Sr. DT Devonte Wyatt

Sr. DE Malik Herring

Sr. DT Julian Rochester

Offense

Sr. OG Ben Cleveland

Sr. OG Justin Shaffer

Jr. OL Jamaree Salyer

Jr. OC Trey Hill

Sr. QB Jamie Newman

Jr. RB James Cook

R.So. RB Zamir White

Jr. WR Matt Landers

Sr. WR Demetris Robertson

2020 Georgia draft picks

1st Round (4th overall) – OT Andrew Thomas, N.Y. Giants

1st Round (29th)— OT Isaiah Wilson, Tennessee

2nd Round (35th) — RB D’Andre Swift, Detroit

4th Round (111th) — OG Solomon Kindley, Miami

5th Round (167th) — QB Jake Fromm, Buffalo

6th Round (190th)— TE Charlie Woerner, San Francisco

7th round  (255th) — LB Tae Crowder, N.Y. Giants

Free agent signings

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis

WR Lawrence Cager, N.Y. Jets

FS J.R. Reed, Jacksonville

RB Brian Herrien, Cleveland

TE Eli Wolf, Baltimore

WR Tyler Simmons, Houston

DL Tyler Clark, Cincinnati

DB Tyrique McGhee, L.A. Rams

2019 Georgia draft picks

1st Round (30th) – CB Deandre Baker, N.Y. Giants

2nd Round (56th) – WR Mecole Hardman, Kansas City

4th Round (126th) – WR Riley Ridley, Chicago

5th Round (168th) – OLB D’Andre Walker, Tennessee

6th Round (179th) – OC Lamont Gaillard, Arizona

7th Round (224th) – TE Isaac Nauta, Detroit

7th Round (237th) – WR Terry Godwin, Carolina

Free agent signees

DE Jonathan Ledbetter, Miami

MLB Natrez Patrick, Los Angeles Rams

RB Elijah Holyfield, Carolina Panthers

SN Nick Moore, New Orleans

WR Jayson Stanley, Atlanta

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