Georgia escapes the draft, its opponents do not

semerson@macon.comJanuary 19, 2014 

End Ray Drew (47), Linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52), Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (59), Linebacker Ramik Wilson (51).


ATHENS- The list of players who have declared for the NFl draft was made official on Sunday, and as expected there are no current Georgia players on it. There is one former one - Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State - but no current ones.

This is the first time since the 2008 draft that no Georgia players have declared, and that's remarkable considering that the 102 total players who declared this year is a record. Entering the year, a number of Georgia players were candidates, but injuries (Malcolm Mitchell) and disappointing seasons (Damian Swann) ended that. Ray Drew is the only Georgia player known to have even submitted for a draft grade, and he said he did it as a curiosity.

The draft could end up being a boon to Georgia's hopes in 2014, and not just because it retained so many players. Seven of its scheduled opponents next season lost a combined total of 15 players to draft, including stars like Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles, Henry Josey and Tre Mason.

Here's a list of the players from teams Georgia is scheduled to play next season and the players they lost to the draft:

DB Bashaud Breeland
WR Martavis Bryant
WR Sammy Watkins

South Carolina
DE Jadeveon Clowney
WR Bruce Ellington
CB Victor Hampton
DT Kelcy Quarles

DE Kony Ealy
RB Henry Josey

WR Chris Boyd

OT Antonio Richardson

DE Ronald Powell
CB Louchez Purifoy
DB Marcus Roberson

RB Tre Mason
OT Greg Robinson

And here's the list of players who departed from teams that Georgia could face if it reaches the SEC championship:

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
OT Cyrus Kouandijo
DE Jeoffrey Pagan
S Vinnie Sunseri
LB Adrian Hubbard

WR Odell Beckham
RB Alfred Blue
DT Ego Ferguson
RB Jeremy Hill
DT Anthony Johnson
WR Jarvis Landry
G Trai Turner

WR Donte Moncrief

Texas A&M
WR Mike Evans
QB Johnny Manziel

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