ATHENS — The numbers are in the books, and while they vary slightly from one team to another, NFL teams have a pretty good idea about Georgia football players.
The Bulldogs annual pro day was among the final pieces of the puzzle, with players still having some individual meetings left with the various franchises leading up to the NFL draft April 25-27 in Nashville.
DawgNation’s Mike Griffith discussed Wednesday’s results with AJC NFL reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter at the conclusion of pro day.
It seemed Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta came away the biggest winner, relative to how he tested at the combine in Indianapolis earlier this month.
Nauta improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.91 in Indy to times clocked between 4.71 and 4.83.
UGA coach Kirby Smart, who was on hand to support the 21 former Georgia players testing out in front of the NFL teams, said he had sent a message of encourage to Nauta leading up to pro day.
“I just sent him a text message that he’s got a lot of good tape out there, not to get overwhelmed with one moment, don’t be disappointed, “ Smart said. “You could run a great time and have too much expectation, or you could run a poor time worse than what you think you should, and you still have tape out there.”
That’s the bottom line for all of the Georgia players with realistic NFL expectations.
But still, the combine element matters, as team turn over every stone before investing millions into their roster.
Unofficial 40 times from Georgia pro day (media cross-section)
• Isaac Nauta 4.71 to 4.83 (4.91 at combine)
• Elijah Holyfield 4.76 to 4.89 (4.78 at combine)
• Jonathan Ledbetter 5.11 to 5.13 (5.14 at combine)
• Deandre Baker 4.46 to 4.49 (4.52 at combine)
• Jayson Stanley 4.37 to 4.47 (did not attend combine)
Mecole Hardman (4.33), Terry Godwin (4.55), Riley Ridley (4.58) all stood on their NFL combine times and did not run on Wednesday.
Mike Griffith and D. Orlando Ledbetter