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Former UGA safety Christopher Smith selected in 2023 NFL draft

Former Georgia safety Christopher Smith was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Smith was picked No. 170 overall and became Georgia’s seventh player to be taken from its back-to-back national championship-winning team.

Smith will join former Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins and running back Zamir White in Las Vegas.

Smith leaves Georgia after a five-year career in Athens. He was a starter over the last two seasons and the final five games of his sophomore season.

In 2022, Smith was a finalist for the 2022 Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player. He also earned Associated Press and Coaches’ All-SEC first-team honors while starting all 15 games for the Dawgs last year.

In 55 career games, Smith recorded 132 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, one sack, six interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Story originally appeared on UGA Wire