The 2022 NFL Draft has proven to be very productive for the Georgia Bulldogs. Five Bulldogs left the board in the first round to set up a historic three-day run for Georgia, which had 15 drafted players by the time the seventh and final round was said and completed.
The Bulldogs started the draft in style with a defensive lineman Travon Walker first overall, the first of five Bulldogs defensemen to enter the first round on Thursday night.
For a while Walker and defensive tackle Jordan Davis (Philadelphia Eagles) were the only Bulldogs off the board before a trio trailed the final 11 draft picks.
Inside linebacker dock walker was picked by the Green Bay Packers with the 22nd overall pick, and six picks later he had familiar company accompanying him to Lambeau. The Packers added another Bulldog in defensive tackle Devonte Wyattwho in turn became the third consecutive Georgian player Green Bay won in the first round after the team was drafted Eric Stokes in 2021.
The first round started with a Bulldog, so it was only natural that it would end with one as well.
The Minnesota Vikings traded in the first round with division rival Detroit – who landed the Alabama wide receiver jameson williams as a result – and used the 32nd and final first-round pick on Georgia’s safety Lewis Cine. Cine had been seen as a potential surprise in the first round, and several false drafts that scored him at the Vikings – albeit in the second round – proved accurate according to their predictions.
Things remained busy for the Bulldogs heading into the weekend. Two Georgian players were selected in the second round, two more in the third round, two more in the fourth round and four more in the sixth round.
Georgia set a number of records during this year’s draft. They set a program record for the number of first-round picks (the previous record was 3) and a modern-era draft record for the total number of players drafted (the previous record was 14). The Bulldogs program has garnered plenty of praise for having so many players ready for the NFL, which now leads several former Georgia stars with a chance to shine on Sundays.
Since the draft ended, all 15 Georgia players have signed their contracts and settled into life as NFL players. Part of that process was choosing their jersey numbers. Several players will be able to wear the same number they wore on Saturday in Athens; others, however, will have something of a new look when they make their pro debut.
Let’s take a look at every Georgian player drafted this year and what number they will wear at the start of their career at the next level: