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Brock Bowers Leads New Generation of Georgia Bulldogs to NFL

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The Georgia Bulldogs continued their tradition of NFL Draft success in 2024, boasting a formidable lineup of prospects selected in the early rounds. Tight end Brock Bowers led the charge as the first Bulldog off the board, chosen No. 13 overall by the Las Vegas Raiders, showcasing the program's knack for producing top-tier talent.


Adding to the Bulldogs' draft triumph, offensive tackle Amarius Mims also secured a first-round selection, further cementing Georgia's reputation as a breeding ground for NFL-caliber players, after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bulldogs' consistent presence in the draft's early rounds underscores their standing as a powerhouse program in collegiate football. With a storied history of producing elite talent and a robust 2024 draft class, Georgia's legacy of NFL success shows no signs of waning.


Brock Bowers, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

Bowers brings his talents to Las Vegas after being selected No.13 overall. Hailing from Napa, California, Bowers' collegiate journey at the Georgia was nothing short of remarkable, marked by two national championships and the prestigious John Mackey Award, which he clinched twice.


Raiders TE Brock Bowers
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Standing tall at 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, Bowers' impact on the gridiron extends beyond statistics, as evidenced by his unanimous All-American recognition in 2023 and a string of other notable accolades. Selected in the first round, Bowers' arrival heralds a new era of excitement for Raiders fans, as he aims to translate his collegiate success into a standout NFL career. With a track record of excellence and a reputation as one of the top tight end prospects in his draft class, Bowers' journey to NFL stardom is poised to captivate audiences and solidify his place among the league's elite.


Amarius Mims, OT, Cincinnati Bengals

Mims, a formidable offensive tackle, hails from Cochran, Georgia, and left an indelible mark during his collegiate tenure at Georgia, clinching consecutive national championships in 2021 and 2022.


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Mims' journey to NFL stardom was marked by resilience and skill, exemplified by his decision to return to Georgia for his sophomore season despite an initial foray into the NCAA transfer portal. His impact was felt on the field, particularly during the 2022 Peach Bowl and the subsequent national championship game. Selected by the Bengals with the No. 18 overall pick in the draft, Mims joins a formidable tackle rotation, poised to make his mark alongside established starters. With a string of accolades to his name, including two-time CFP National Champion honors and recognition on various prestigious preseason teams, Mims' dedication to excellence both on and off the field serves as a testament to his promising future in the NFL.


Ladd McConkey, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

McConkey was born in Chatsworth, Georgia, and his journey to NFL stardom began with standout performances at North Murray High School, where he earned All-State honors. Transitioning to Georgia, McConkey's impact was felt immediately, contributing significantly to the Bulldogs' success and clinching two national championships during his collegiate tenure.

LA Chargers WR Ladd McConkey
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McConkey's prowess extends beyond the gridiron, as evidenced by his recognition as a Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2022 and his notable achievement of winning the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy in 2023, a testament to his outstanding contributions to community service. Selected by the Chargers in the second round (No. 34 overall), McConkey's signing marks the beginning of an exciting chapter as he endeavors to secure a roster spot and make his mark in the Chargers' receiving corps, poised to continue his legacy of excellence both on and off the field.


Kamari Lassiter, CB, Houston Texans

Lassiter hails from Savannah, Georgia, and his journey to the NFL was marked by impressive achievements, including two national championships during his college tenure at Georgia. Standing at 6-foot and weighing 186 pounds, Lassiter's physical prowess and ball-hawking abilities have garnered attention both on and off the field.

Texans CB Kamari Lassiter
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Prior to his soon-to-come NFL debut, Lassiter's talent was evident during his high school years at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he excelled not only on the football field but also in track events such as the 100-meter dash and long jump. At Georgia, Lassiter continued to make waves, earning second-team All-SEC honors in 2023 and leaving a lasting impression with his tenacity and defensive prowess. Drafted by the Texans in the second round (No. 42 overall) Lassiter's signing heralds the beginning of an exciting chapter as he vies for a starting role in the Texans' formidable secondary, poised to continue his journey as a standout cornerback in the NFL.


Javon Bullard, S, Green Bay Packers

Bullard showcased his skills as a cornerback during his tenure at Georgia. Originally a three-star prospect, Bullard made his mark at Baldwin High School (Milledgeville, Georgia), earning four-time First Team All-Region honors with his standout performances. Transitioning to collegiate football, he quickly asserted his presence, making appearances in 14 games as a true freshman in 2021 and impressively leading the team in tackles during a notable outing against Charleston Southern.

Packers S Javon Bullard
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Throughout his collegiate journey, Bullard demonstrated his versatility and prowess, securing starting roles and making impactful contributions on the field. With a keen eye on social media, Bullard remains engaged with fans, sharing updates on his football endeavors and personal milestones, illustrating his commitment to both his athletic pursuits and his online community.


Tykee Smith, S Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Smith, hails from Philadelphia and embarked on his collegiate journey at West Virginia before transferring to Georgia. His standout freshman campaign at West Virginia, highlighted by 53 tackles and 2 interceptions, earned him a coveted spot on the Freshman All-American team. Subsequently, Smith’s stellar performances continued, solidifying his status as an All-American with 61 tackles and 2 interceptions in his sophomore year.


Buccaneers S Tykee Smith
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Despite a brief stint marred by injury at Georgia, Smith’s impact was palpable, notably securing a pivotal victory with key late-game plays against Missouri. Demonstrating resilience, Smith concluded his collegiate career with commendable contributions, tallying 29 tackles and 2 sacks. Drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round (No. 89 overall), Smith’s versatile skill set presents a formidable asset for defensive coordinators, showcasing adeptness in run defense and adept coverage, underlining his potential to thrive in various defensive schemes.


Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, C, Buffalo Bills

Van Pran-Granger, hailing from New Orleans, helped the Bulldogs secure two national championships. Prior to his NFL debut, Van Pran-Granger showcased his talent at Warren Easton Charter High School, where he established himself as a formidable four-year starter at the center position.

Buffalo Bills C Sedrick Van Pran-Granger
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Throughout his collegiate tenure, Van Pran-Granger amassed a collection of accolades, including dual CFP national titles, recognition as a Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient, and the honor of being named a first-team All-SEC selection. Further underscoring his prowess, he garnered second-team All-SEC recognition in 2022. Selected by the Bills in the fifth round (No. 141 overall), Van Pran-Granger awaits to formalize his contract, poised to vie for a pivotal role within the Bills’ offensive line, illustrating his ambition to continue making waves in professional football.



Welcome to the NFL, Georgia Bulldogs

As the dust settled on the Draft, the Georgia football program emerged once again as a powerhouse in producing NFL talent. With a total of eight players selected, including two first-round picks, the Bulldogs showcased their depth and quality, reaffirming their status as a premier destination for aspiring football players. As the next generation of Bulldogs prepares to make its mark on the gridiron, one thing remains certain: Georgia football's legacy of excellence will endure for years to come.



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