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Georgia WR Ladd McConkey named top 25 NFL draft prospect

Former Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey continues to receive praise ahead of the 2024 NFL draft (April 25-27).

ESPN analysts Jordan Reid, Matt Miller and Field Yates recently broke down the latest draft intel and developments, including naming McConkey as the 25th-best prospect.

“I’m surprised by this, because our guy Field is the president of the McConkey Fan Club, but I’m the only one of us who has him ranked in the top 25. McConkey battled through back and ankle injuries in 2023 but put together dominant performances at the Senior Bowl and combine — including a 4.39-second run in the 40-yard dash. He might be typecast as a slot receiver given his size at 6 feet and 186 pounds, but McConkey has the quickness, burst and hands to be a high-level producer in the NFL. He’s at No. 25 on my board even though he is generally considered a second-rounder in the Nos. 40-50 range.”

McConkey turned heads at the NFL combine, clocking a 4.39 forty-yard dash that tied for sixth-best at his position. At Georgia’s Pro Day, he also posted a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10’4″ broad jump, and 13 bench press reps of 225 pounds. McConkey’s posted an unofficial 3.97 short shuttle would’ve been No. 1 at the combine at any position.

McConkey was the Bulldogs’ top offensive weapon, not named Brock Bowers, over the last three seasons. In 39 games as a Bulldog, he accounted for 1,687 yards on 119 receptions with 14 touchdowns, while adding another 216 yards on 13 carries and four scores on the ground.

 

Story originally appeared on UGA Wire