Watch: Former Georgia WR Mecole Hardman’s wild playoff TD

That Georgia SPEED…

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills, 42-36, in overtime on Sunday night in a thriller.

Former Georgia receiver, now Kansas City Chief, Mecole Hardman, did his part to help the Chiefs secure a shot at an AFC title with this 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter,

Hardman’s display of speed here is almost unbelievable. That is how a 4.3 40-yard dash looks at game speed.

Hardman recorded 59 catches for 693 yards and two touchdowns during the 2021 regular season.

You can catch the Georgia native and the Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

Former Georgia CB Eric Stokes named to NFL All-Rookie team

Stokes is already making a name for himself in the NFL…

Former Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes is already making a name for himself in the NFL.

Stokes has earned NFL All-Rookie honors in his first season with the Green Bay Packers.

The Covington, Ga., native racked up 55 tackles, 14 pass breakups and an interception while leading the Packers’ defense in pass coverage.

Stokes is a former 3-star recruit that grew into a star on Georgia’s defense before being drafted by Green Bay with the 29th overall pick in the 2021 draft.

You can catch Stokes and the Packers in an NFL playoff matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Nine Georgia Bulldogs go in first three rounds of 2022 NFL mock draft

Georgia has NINE guys go in the first three rounds of this mock draft

Georgia set a school record in the 2021 NFL draft when it had nine players selected.

This year, Georgia is looking to shatter that number with potentially as many as 15 players selected.

USA TODAY’s Draft Wire expects Georgia to actually hit last year’s mark by the end of the third round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Well, actually Johnson finished the season with 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 70 total tackles and two pass deflections. The former Georgia linebacker wanted to (and did) strengthen his NFL draft stock at FSU. Johnson saw much more playing time for the Seminoles and proved to be an every down player.the site expected Georgia to have 10 players drafted when it projected outside linebacker Nolan Smith to go No. 91 to the Rams. But Smith has since announced his plans to forgo the 2022 draft and play one more year at UGA.

Here’s Draft Wire’s 2022 three-round NFL mock draft, which includes nine Bulldogs and one former Bulldog.

Georgia and the NFL draft: Who’s staying, who’s leaving?

Who is going and who is staying?

The 2022 NFL draft will take place on Thursday, April 28 in Las Vegas.

Georgia, the defending national champions, could have as many as 15 players selected in this year’s draft. In 2021, the Bulldogs set a school record with nine players taken.

Here’s a list of every player who has declared for the NFL draft and those who have announced they will be returning to Athens for one more year.

Houston Texans interview former Georgia WR for head coach

How cool would this be?

Per the team’s Twitter account, the Houston Texans interviewed former Georgia wide receiver Hines Ward for its head coaching vacancy on Saturday.

Ward is currently the wide receiver’s coach at Florida Atlantic University.

Ward is a Pittsburgh Steelers legend, playing and winning two Super Bowls with the franchise from 1998 to 2011.

Ward previously coached with the New York Jets from 2019-2020.

He played at Georgia from 1994-97 and simply did it all. He finished his UGA career with 1,965 receiving yards, 1,066 rushing yards and even had 918 yards passing.

On Friday, the Miami Dolphins requested to interview a former Georgia Bulldog. Thomas Brown, who played running back and served as an assistant coach under Mark Richt, will likely for the Dolphins head coaching position. He is currently an assistant with the Rams.

Former Georgia Bulldog signs with Patriots

The New England Patriots have signed former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back DJ Daniel ahead of the NFL playoffs.

The New England Patriots have signed former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back DJ Daniel ahead of the NFL playoffs. The Patriots are adding Daniel to their practice squad.

Daniel, 23, is an undrafted NFL rookie. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Daniel this offseason following the draft, but cut him on Aug. 17. Daniel played football at Georgia Military College before transferring to UGA for his final two collegiate seasons.

Georgia Bulldogs defensive back DJ Daniel  reacts after a pass break up against the LSU Tigers in the 2019 SEC championship game. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel had a great day on Jan. 10. His Bulldogs won a national championship, and the Patriots signed him to their practice squad.

Daniel played in 21 games in his career at Georgia. The former cornerback totaled 51 tackles and nine pass deflections during his time with the Bulldogs.

Practice squads are larger in the NFL due to COVID-19. Additionally, practice squad players can be added to the active roster easier than in the past.

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Georgia Bulldogs OL Jamaree Salyer declares for 2022 NFL draft

Salyer to the NFL.

Georgia offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer announced on Friday that he will be entering the 2022 NFL draft and will not come back for another year at Georgia.

“Looking back on my time here at the University of Georgia, there was no way that I couldn’t accounted for the incredible number of friends, memories, and life lessons that are now a part of my life journey,” Salyer said on Twitter. “These four years have indeed been a fantastic ride with my teammates, coaches, and the incredible fans that make up Dawg Nation. There will never be a feeling as electric as running out of the smoke at Sanford Stadium or standing on the podium celebrating a National Championship in Indianapolis. Nothing gives me greater pride than to help deliver a National Championship to the great state of Georgia. Growing up a Georgia boy, I know how much it means to cross that bridge. I want to thank coach Smart and coach Pittman for the opportunity to come to UGA, and I would also like to thank coach Luke for being a fantastic coach and mentor. With that being said, I’m ready to start preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s time to get my momma that house.”

Salyer ranks as the No. 4 offensive guard on Mel Kiper’s NFL draft big board. 

Salyer was a 5-star signee in Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class out of Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Georgia DB Lewis Cine enters 2022 NFL draft

Georgia Bulldogs safety Lewis Cine will enter the 2022 NFL draft.

Georgia Bulldogs safety Lewis Cine will enter the 2022 NFL draft. Cine was named defensive MVP of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior out of Cedar Hill, Texas, finishes his Georgia career with 145 total tackles, two interceptions, and 16 pass deflections. Cine has started at safety for Georgia since 2020.

Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine will be one of the top safety prospects in the draft. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The former four-star safety recruit is a physical tackler, big-hitter, and is good in coverage. Cine has been a key piece of some of the best defenses in the nation throughout his career with the Bulldogs.

Cine thanked Georgia Bulldog fans, coaches, players, and more upon announcing his intentions to enter the NFL draft via Twitter:

Georgia safety Christopher Smith is returning, so that will give the Bulldogs some continuity at the safety position.

Lewis Cine’s presence will be missed. Cine helped UGA have the No. 13 pass defense in the country. Cine is projected to be a late second-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. He’s got what it takes to play at the NFL level.

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Georgia RB Zamir White makes decision on NFL draft

Zamir White’s NFL draft decision is in.

Georgia running back Zamir White has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2022 NFL draft.

White announced the news on his Instagram, saying:

“This season was an absolute thrill from start to finish bringing a National Championship to Athens was the ultimate reward. I am so proud and feel so blessed to be part of this team. Thank you to Coach Smart and Coach McGee for trusting me to get the job done and for your leadership both on and off the field. Thank you to my teammates and my family for all their support and encouragement. And to the University of Georgia and all our fans thank you for the best three years I could have ever hoped for. These are memories I will never forget and will surely last a lifetime. It’s what prepared me for this next step as I proudly announce my intention to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.”

White joins James Cook in declaring for the draft, leaving UGA with Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Milton, Daijun Edwards and newcomer Branson Robinson as Georgia’s top backs for next season.

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Zamir “Zeus” White came to Athens as a five-star recruit. White was the top-rated RB prospect in the class of 2018 despite tearing his ACL in the high school playoffs as a senior. White tore it again before his first season at Georgia in 2018 and took a redshirt that season.

Zeus was the co-winner of David Jacobs Award for overcoming injury during the 2019 season along with quarterback D’Wan Mathis. White changed the script in 2019, when he stayed healthy en route to 408 rushing yards on 78 carries.

White started at running back for all 10 of Georgia’s games in 2020. He finished the 2020 season with 779 rushing yards on 144 carries.

In 2021, en route to a national championship, White led the team in rushing with 856 yards on 160 carries. He closed out his UGA career ranking 15th on UGA’s career rushing list with 2,043 yards.

In the title game, White led both teams in rushing with 84 yards a touchdown.

White put up insane numbers in high school. He scored over 100 touchdowns and finished his career as the ninth highest rusher in North Carolina High School history with over 7,000 yards. He averaged over 14 yards per carry during his senior season.

Former Georgia football players congratulate Dawgs on national title

Former Georgia Bulldog stars are extremely happy for Georgia fans, players, and coaches after the Dawgs won a national championship.

Former Georgia Bulldog stars are extremely happy for Georgia fans, players, and coaches after the Dawgs knocked off Alabama to win a national championship.

Many former Georgia players like Nick Chubb, Rodrigo Blankenship, Aaron Murray, and Mecole Hardman experienced heartbreak in a big game against Alabama. Now, these former players are quite happy to be on the winning side.

Thomas Davis, Ben Watson, David Andrews and more know hard it is to win a championship. They’re all ecstatic that their beloved Bulldogs finally got over the hump and won a national championship for the first time since 1980.

All of the above mentioned players congratulated Georgia Bulldog nation on the victory over Alabama and the national championship:

Nick Chubb, Rodrigo Blankenship, and Mecole Hardman all lost to Alabama in the heartbreaking 2018 national championship. David Andrews and Aaron Murray fell five yards short against Alabama in the 2012 SEC championship.

Now, these memories won’t be quite as painful. Georgia finally prevail over Alabama on college football’s biggest stage. Kirby Smart and Nick Saban aren’t done playing big games against each other.

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