Nine Georgia Bulldogs go in first three rounds of 2022 NFL mock draft

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Georgia set a school record in the 2021 NFL draft when it had nine players selected.

This year, Georgia is looking to shatter that number with potentially as many as 15 players selected.

USA TODAY’s Draft Wire expects Georgia to actually hit last year’s mark by the end of the third round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Well, actually Johnson finished the season with 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 70 total tackles and two pass deflections. The former Georgia linebacker wanted to (and did) strengthen his NFL draft stock at FSU. Johnson saw much more playing time for the Seminoles and proved to be an every down player.the site expected Georgia to have 10 players drafted when it projected outside linebacker Nolan Smith to go No. 91 to the Rams. But Smith has since announced his plans to forgo the 2022 draft and play one more year at UGA.

Here’s Draft Wire’s 2022 three-round NFL mock draft, which includes nine Bulldogs and one former Bulldog.

7. New York Giants (from CHI) | Georgia LB Nakobe Dean

ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 02: Nakobe Dean #17 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Sanford Stadium on October 2, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Via Draft Wire:

This defense has one of the league’s better fronts, but they need a three-down playmaker at the next level who can bring that same combination of physicality and athleticism they have in the trenches. Dean was the best player on the nation’s most dominant defense, helping lead the Bulldogs to their first national title since 1980.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers | Georgia DL Jordan Davis

Jan. 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jordan Davis (99) causes Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) to fumble the ball in the first quarter during the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The play was ruled incomplete pass. Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Via Draft Wire:

Quarterback and offensive tackle are huge needs, but the value just isn’t there in this scenario at either of those spots. Instead, the Steelers opt for a massive mauler for the defensive trenches, adding a dominant nose tackle in Davis, who would help return this unit to their former glory.

32. Green Bay Packers | Georgia EDGE Travon Walker

Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker, center, celebrates his sack of Missouri quarterback Tyler Macon with outside linebacker Nolan Smith, left, and inside linebacker Nakobe Dean during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Via Draft Wire:

The offense needs help up front, and possibly at receiver, but the Packers might have a bigger need lurking at the edges of their defensive front, depending on potential salary cap moves. Walker was a key performer for the Bulldogs’ title-winning defense, and his skill set would fit well in this defense.

41. Seattle Seahawks | Georgia CB Derion Kendrick

Georgia defensive back Derion Kendrick (11) reacts after a defensive stop against Kentucky during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Kendrick’s transfer to Georgia helped the Bulldogs have one of the best pass defenses in the country. The senior from Rock Hill, South Carolina, had 41 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass deflections in 15 games for the Bulldogs this season.

55. New England Patriots | Georgia WR George Pickens

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JANUARY 10: George Pickens #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs catches a 55 yard pass in the first quarter of the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Pickens finished his Georgia career with 90 receptions for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pickens played in only four games this season. The former five-star recruit out of Hoover High School in Alabama had a career-long 52-yard catch in the national championship.

59. Dallas Cowboys | Georgia S Lewis Cine

Nov 6, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine (16) tries to intercept a deflected pass in front of Missouri Tigers tight end Niko Hea (48) during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior out of Cedar Hill, Texas, finishes his Georgia career with 145 total tackles, two interceptions, and 16 pass deflections. Cine has started at safety for Georgia since 2020.

74. Atlanta Falcons | Georgia OL Jamaree Salyer

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JANUARY 10: Jamaree Salyer #69 of the Georgia Bulldogs holds up a newspaper announcing that the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Salyer ranks as the No. 4 offensive guard on Mel Kiper’s NFL draft big board. Salyer was a five-star signee in Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class out of Pace Academy in Atlanta.

78. Cleveland Browns | Georgia DL Devonte Wyatt

Sep 4, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (95) celebrates after a play during the second half against the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Griffin Zetterberg-USA TODAY Sports

Wyatt could have entered into the 2021 NFL Draft, along with fellow d-lineman Jordan Davis. But the Decatur, Georgia native opted to put his dreams on hold for another year, in order to first attempt to accomplish a different dream — bringing a national title to his home state of Georgia.

96. Green Bay Packers | Georgia OL Justin Shaffer

Georgia offensive lineman Justin Shaffer (54) and running back Kenny McIntosh (6) celebrate after defeating Georgia Tech in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Shaffer was named AP & Coaches’ All-SEC 2nd Team and started at left guard in all 15 of Georgia’s games.

FORMER GEORGIA BULLDOG: 44. Cleveland Browns | Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II

Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II (11) during an NCAA football game against Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Florida State Seminoles defensive end Jermaine Johnson has been named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson, a senior transfer from Georgia, was Florida State’s best player in 2021.

Johnson finished the season with 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 70 total tackles and two pass deflections. The former Georgia linebacker wanted to (and did) strengthen his NFL draft stock at FSU. Johnson saw much more playing time for the Seminoles and proved to be an every-down player.

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