Bill Belichick continued his tour of the SEC on Wednesday by stopping at the University of Georgia pro day, where the New England Patriots head coach will get an up-close and personal look at some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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The Patriots have had plenty of success drafting Georgia players in Belichick's tenure, particularly of late. New England used both of its 2018 first-round draft picks on Bulldogs players: left tackle Isaiah Wynn (No. 23 overall) and running back Sony Michel (No. 31 overall). Wynn missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles, but Michel proved to be very valuable with 336 yards and a rookie record six rushing touchdowns in the playoffs. Michel also scored the Patriots' only touchdown in their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Patriots center David Andrews also went to Georgia, as did 2016 fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell, who played well in New England's Super Bowl LI win against the Atlanta Falcons.
There's no question Belichick believes Georgia players are able to transition smoothly to the pro game, and he said as much earlier this year.
A Bill Belichick quote sure to find its way to every Georgia football recruit: "I think Kirby's program is excellent to prepare guys for the National Football League."
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Senior cornerback Deandre Baker and junior wide receiver Riley Ridley are the top Georgia players in this year's draft class.
Belichick also was at Alabama's pro day on Tuesday, where he scouted players and chatted with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.
The Patriots have 12 picks in next month's draft, which is tied with the New York Giants for the most selections. New England also has six picks in the first three rounds.
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