Georgia defensive back Eric Stokes celebrates as he returns an interception for a touchdown against Arkansas during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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Eric Stokes taken by Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft

The Georgia Bulldogs had another player taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, as the Green Bay Packers took Eric Stokes in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He was the only Georgia selection. Stokes’ selection makes it four consecutive years that a Bulldog has been taken in the first round of the NFL draft.

Deandre Baker was the last Georgia cornerback in the first round, as the New York Giants took him with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Stokes had a breakout 2020 season, as he intercepted four passes in nine games while returning two of those for touchdowns. He earned First Team All-SEC honors for the Bulldogs for his efforts.

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He also tested through the roof during the pre-draft portion of the draft cycle, as he ran in the 4.2 range at Georgia’s pro day.

“Eric is a hell of an athlete, but like you said, we’re football players,” defensive back Tyson Campbell said of Stokes. “We’re blessed enough to have tremendous speed, but at the end of the day, we want to show to everyone out there that we can play football too.”

This is the first time that Green Bay has ever taken a Bulldog in the first round of the NFL draft. The last Bulldog to be drafted by Green Bay was Jarius Wynn in the 2009 NFL Draft.