Georgia Football: Undrafted Bulldogs Pursue NFL Dreams

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Natrez Patrick Linebacker – Los Angeles Rams

Natrez Patrick a 6’4 243 pound run stopping linebacker, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Patrick was regular contributor to the Georgia Bulldogs defense, starting 26 of the 44 games he played in as a Dawg. During his four years at UGA, Patrick compiled 160 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and two sacks. The fact that he does not cover well, along with multiple arrests for marijuana, likely prevented him from being on teams’ draft radar. Patrick also misses too many tackles, having whiffed on 31 tackles during his time as Bulldog.

2018 PFF Grades: Overall:60.2  Pass Rush:74.7 Run Defense:68.0  Coverage:46.2

Allan Bell of 24/7 Sports confirmed the Patrick signing by the Rams on his Twitter account:

Jay Hayes Defensive Tackle – Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive tackle Jay Hayes has signed an undrafted free agent deal to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6’4 289 pound lineman was a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, making 2018 his only season in Athens. Hayes played in 11 games as a rotational defensive lineman for the Dawgs. He made three tackles for the Bulldogs and made 42 tackles for his career, with four being tackles for a loss.

Jay Hayes tweeted about the signing himself:

Nick Moore Long Snapper – New Orleans Saints

Nick Moore is a fullback by position, but mostly played special teams as a long snapper for the Georgia Bulldogs. He was originally recruited to UGA as a linebacker. Moore is a good athlete and was drafted by the Boston Redsox in round 30 of the 2011 MLB Draft. He played in their minor league system for four seasons. Moore started all 14 games this past season as the Dawgs long snapper. He now has the opportunity to carve out a niche as a long snapper with New Orleans, the hated rival of the home state Atlanta Falcons.

Marc Weiszer, the Georgia Bulldogs beat writer for the Athens Banner-Herald announced the signing of Nick Moore via Twitter.

In addition to the six previously mentioned Georgia Bulldogs signing free agent contracts, tight end Jackson Harris has also received an opportunity to play at the next level. He  has not signed a contract, but has received and accepted invites to attend the rookie mini camps of the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. Hayes will go to both camps with the purpose of impressing the coaches and landing a contract that will get him into an NFL training camp. Harris was a special teams regular for the Dawgs, seeing action in 54 games. Harris posted modest totals of eight receptions for 79 yards during his time in Athens.

Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald announced the invitations on Twitter:

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NFL rookie camps will be opening up soon. In the mean time we continue to monitor the NFL transactions, for news of more Georgia Bulldogs signing with NFL teams. Guard Kendall Baker and linebacker Juwon Taylor are the most prominent names left, that are expected to find NFL Homes soon. ATL All Day offers congratulations to all of the 2019 Georgia Bulldogs who were drafted and those who signed free agent contracts. We wish all of the young men then best and we will definitely be rooting for them. Go Dawgs!

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