It was another successful draft for the Georgia Bulldogs, with three players taken in the first round and ten players drafted overall. Twenty-five players from the Red and Black’s 2021 title team have now been drafted by NFL teams (with several key players like Brock Bowers and Sedrick Van Pran-Granger likely to be next year).
But keen observers know that a lot of the action of restocking NFL rosters is taking place right now. Teams are currently working out deals with the undrafted free agents, many of whom are going to become fixtures in the league. A handful of former Bulldogs have already earned a shot to make rosters.
Clutch kicker Jack Podlesny has signed a free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings. Hot Pod burst onto the scene in 2020 when he took over from the legendary Rodrigo Blankenship. He nailed a 53 yard game winning field goal in the Peach Bowl that season, and would hit 61 out of 74 field goals for his career. The St. Simons native also converted a mind-boggling 182 of 184 extra points. He capped his career by being named the SEC special teams player of the year in 2022, handling both kickoff and field goal duties for the national champions.
Senior receiver Kearis Jackson has come to terms with the Tennessee Titans on a free agent deal of his own. A tenacious blocker and reliable kick returner, Jackson was a frequent clutch time target for Stetson Bennett, hauling in 79 receptions for 1023 yards over the past three seasons.