ATHENS — Next year’s Georgia football NFL draft class is already on the clock, even before the 2019 draft has gotten underway in Nashville.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy took note of the Bulldogs’ G-Day Game last Saturday. Nagy let people know on Twitter that rising Georgia seniors have already caught his eye — including one that’s not even on campus yet.
Cornerback Deandre Baker elected to sit out both the Sugar Bowl and the Senior Bowl, at the advice of his agent.
Outside linebacker D’Andre Walker said he was almost in tears when learning he couldn’t play in the Senior Bowl.
“When I found out I had to have surgery, I called Mr. Nagy, personally,” Walker said. “I was about in tears because I know the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity and it meant a lot to me that he believed in me.”
Indeed, Nagy felt Walker should have been starting as a junior.
“D’Andre was a guy, for me, going back to the scouting process at Seattle, you’re putting on tape last year watching (Davin) Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter,” Nagy said, “and to me, 15 (Walker) should have been playing over both of those guys.”
Walker, whose third quarter injury in the SEC Championship Game opened the door for Alabama’s comeback, worked out for NFL scouts in Athens on April 12 and impressed.