ATHENS — Georgia football didn’t set any records during the 2020 NFL Draft, but a Bulldogs’ player did produce a most viral moment.
When the ESPN cameras cut to Isaiah Wilson in his living room, it appeared he was getting some assurance from his girlfriend.
But when Wilson was selected, things changed quickly, as Wilson’s mother removed the girl from her perch on Wilson’s lap.
Wilson kept a poker face throughout the entire deal, looking very much like he was not going to pick a side.
It’s a video that was replayed several times throughout the draft.
The only live shot that came close to getting the same reaction was the very busy living room of Mike Vrabel, Wilson’s new coach with the Tennessee Titans.
Andrew Thomas’ going No. 4 overall as the top offensive lineman surprised some NFL draft experts, but not Kirby Smart.
The reaction in Thomas’ living room was much more in line with what fans would expect than the tough circumstance Wilson found himself in.
— Andrew Thomas (@allforgod_55) April 24, 2020
Here are three other Georgia football takeaways from the 2020 NFL Draft:
1. D’Andre Swift steal
The running back position has become more devalued in the NFL draft over the years with more teams going to a platoon system.
Swift, however, has the potential to be that rare franchise back, as he has a complete skillset and a well-known work ethic.
Few backs have the blend of power, speed and cut-back ability that Swift possesses, along with his excellent skills in pass protection and as a route-runner.
The Detroit Lions got a steal getting Swift with the No. 35 overall pick early in the second round.
2. No-name Defense
Some scoffed when Georgia didn’t have a single player make the AP first-team All-SEC defense last season, and when defensive coordinator Dan Lanning nicknamed them the “No-Name Defense” at the Sugar Bowl.
But the 2020 NFL Draft shed some light on that. The only UGA defensive player taken was linebacker Tae Crowder. At that, Crowder was the final pick of the entire NFL draft.
Safety J.R. Reed was a Thorpe Award finalist but was surprisingly not drafted, and warhorse defensive lineman Tyler Clark was also forced to go the free-agent route.
The good news for UGA fans is that the Bulldogs have a handful of defensive players who elected to stay for another year who likely would have been drafted including Richard LeCounte, Malik Herring, Monty Rice and Eric Stokes.
Shuffling off to Buffalo
Jake Fromm said he has played in every game he has every suited up for, but that will likely change in Buffalo this season.
The Bills didn’t plan on taking a QB, per their GM, but saw the value in Fromm as a fifth-round pick. No doubt, Fromm’s football IQ is through the roof, and he shares the same agent as Buffalo’s franchise QB, former first-round pick Josh Allen.
Fromm is a team player and has said he’ll do whatever it takes to help the team, even if that’s helping Allen with game plans and holding a clipboard on Sundays next season.
But Fromm has left little doubt he plans to compete, and anyone who knows the Warner Robins’ product knows he still has visions of quarterbacking an NFL team on Sundays, as well as working with the scout team throughout the week.
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