The Georgia Football program placed five more players in the NFL on day three of the 2019 Draft. This gives the Bulldogs a total of seven players drafted this year. Let’s look at where the UGA players landed as we follow their NFL journeys.
Deandre Baker started the run of players from the Georgia Football program to be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. The All American cornerback was selected number 30 overall in round one by the New York Giants. The story on Baker being drafted can be found in this article. Speedy wide receiver Mecole Hardman was the next Dawg to find a new home. The All purpose threat was taken in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs. Read about Mecole being drafted by clicking here.
Round 4: Riley Ridley
Wide Receiver: Chicago Bears
Day three saw five more Georgia Bulldogs find new destinations, where they will continue their football careers. Wide receiver Riley Ridley become the next Dawg to be selected, joining Bulldogs Roquan Smith and Javon Wims, as a member of the Chicago Bears. Ridley is a bigger possession receiver, standing at 6’2 200 pounds. After starting off slow his first two seasons, Ridley finished his three-year stint at UGA with 1019 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. He is the brother of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley and had one of his best games as a Bulldog, opposite his sibling in the 2018 National Championship Game.
2018 Stats: Rec:43 Yds:559 Avg:13.0 TD:9
Overall:75.5 Receiving:76.3 Run Block:71.2
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com gave his thoughts on the game of Riley Ridley:
"Draft Projection: Rounds 2-3 NFL Comparison: James Jones Physical possession receiver who wins with attention to detail in his routes, plus body control and sure hands. Ridley isn’t the fastest receiver on the block, but there is enough under the engine to race cornerbacks down the field if he’s challenged on an island. His separation windows may always be a little tighter, but his timing and ability to turn contested catches in his favor should make him a better pro than college player with an upside of WR2."
Riley Ridley spoke about how happy he is to be a Chicago Bear, brought to us by their YouTube Channel: