Georgia Breaks the Record for Most Defensive Players Drafted in 1st Round

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There's a reason why Georgia's Defense absolutely smashed college records last year. It's because nearly half of the starters that won the national championship just a few months ago are now NFL 1st Round Draft Picks.

Three first round defensive draft picks is considered exceptional. Only two times ever have there been four - Miami in '04 and Florida State in '06. Georgia just had FIVE defensive players selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

  • 5 Picks  |   Georgia - 2022
  • 4 Picks  |   Miami - 2004
  • 4 Picks  |   Florida State - 2006
  • 3 Picks  |   17 times



Let's break down these five picks -

#1 Pick - Travon Walker - EDGE - Jags

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia defensive end Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday night. For the second year in a row, the Jaguars had the first overall pick in the draft. Jacksonville has invested multiple first-round picks on the defensive side of the ball in recent years, and they went with another pass-rusher in 2022. Walker was a rotational defensive line player for the national champions, so his statistics don't jump off the page (six sacks last year), but he has the physicality, athleticism and versatility to perform well at the next level. He ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the combine and has wowed teams with his pure athleticism. Walker generates impressive power from the ground up and has another switch he can turn on.

#13 Pick -  Jordan Davis - DT - Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up with the Houston Texans to select Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis with the No. 13 overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday night. The Eagles brought back Fletcher Cox for another year, but Davis will be his potential replacement. Davis was dominant last year for the Bulldogs, recording 32 total tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks and was a unanimous first-team All-American. He has the size and speed to work through double-teams and really opened eyes with his performance at the combine in February. Davis had a 4.78-second 40-yard dash at 341 pounds, so he can easily run QBs down.

#22 Pick - Quay Walker - LB - Packers

The Green Bay Packers drafted Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday evening. The Packers had two picks near the end of the first round, but they didn't take a wide receiver. Both of their selections, linebacker Quay Walker and Wyatt, are from Georgia as well. Wyatt stands at 6-foot-3, 304 pounds and is a gap-attacking nose tackle that is big and powerful at the point of attack. The 24-year-old defensive lineman finished his four-year collegiate career with 49 solo tackles (12 for loss), five sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

#28 Pick - Devonte Wyatt - DT - Packers again

The Green Bay Packers drafted Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday evening. The Packers had two picks near the end of the first round, but they didn't take a wide receiver. Both of their selections, linebacker Quay Walker and Wyatt, are from Georgia as well. Wyatt stands at 6-foot-3, 304 pounds and is a gap-attacking nose tackle that is big and powerful at the point of attack. The 24-year-old defensive lineman finished his four-year collegiate career with 49 solo tackles (12 for loss), five sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

#32 Pick -  Lewis Cine - S - Vickings

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the No. 32 overall pick and final selection of the first round in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday night. He becomes the fifth defender out of Georgia to be selected in the first round of this year's draft. Like the pick before him at No. 31 to the Cincinnati Bengals, Cine is slight of frame for a safety at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, but he ran an impressive 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the combine in February. He could stand to bulk up a bit, because he's already very explosive and has the pursuit and tackling ability to come up and defend the run, if necessary. Cine was named MVP of the National Championship game last year and had 73 tackles, 10 passes defensed and one interception overall in 2021. The ferocious and hard-hitting safety has the tackling ability to become fantasy relevant in IDP leagues quickly.

What's even more astronomical is that Georgia wasn't done there. They had three more defensive picks in the later rounds:

  1. Round 3 - Channing Tindall
  2. Round 3 - Nakobe Dean
  3. Round 6 - Derion Kendrick

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