Georgia football breaks record for most players taken in a single NFL Draft

Jordan Davis, Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Jordan Davis, Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Georgia just set the record with the most draft picks by a single school, with 15 former Bulldogs getting picked in the 2022 NFL Draft.

With blocking tight end John FitzPatrick coming off the board to the Atlanta Falcons, of all teams, at pick No. 213 in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Georgia football program just broke an all-time record with the most picks from a school in a single draft class with 15.

FitzPatrick was the 15th Dawg taken in this particular draft, breaking the record previously co-held by Ohio State (2004) and LSU (2020). Georgia had five players taken in the first round on Thursday night, including Travon Walker No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Georgia had an all-time defense in its national championship season, the Dawgs cleaned up in the draft.

Here is a look at every Georgia player selected at any point during the 2022 NFL Draft.

Every Georgia football player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft

  1. Travon Walker, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 1 overall)
  2. Jordan Davis, DT, Philadelphia Eagles (No. 15 overall)
  3. Quay Walker, LB, Green Bay Packers (No. 22 overall)
  4. Devonte Wyatt, DT, Green Bay Packers (No. 28 overall)
  5. Lewis Cine, S, Minnesota Vikings (No. 32 overall)
  6. George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 52 overall)
  7. James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills (No. 63 overall)
  8. Nakobe Dean, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (No. 83 overall)
  9. Channing Tindall, LB, Miami Dolphins (No. 102 overall)
  10. Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (No. 122 overall)
  11. Jake Camarda, P, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 133 overall)
  12. Justin Shaffer, G, Atlanta Falcons (No. 190 overall)
  13. Jamaree Salyer, G, Los Angeles Chargers (No. 195 overall)
  14. Derion Kendrick, CB, Los Angeles Chargers (No. 212 overall)
  15. John FitzPatrick, TE, Atlanta Falcons (No. 213 overall)

Though five was about the number of first-rounders many people were expecting to come out of Georgia, seeing Butkus winner Nakobe Dean fall to the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round was shocking. Even more so, the Dirty Birds select not one, but two Dawgs in this draft, the first time they had ever done such a thing since taking linebacker Akeem Dent way back in 2011.

Another interesting note is the bulk of these players came in Georgia’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class of 2018. Max Olson of The Athletic pointed out that this particular recruiting class produced 14 NFL Draft picks. Though not all of them ended up playing out their college careers at Georgia, that number is mind-boggling. Keep in mind the 2018 class came after a big playoff run.

Ultimately, Georgia has an outside shot at the true record set by Texas in 1984, but that is not likely. Keep in mind that the draft involving the Longhorns was several rounds longer than the NFL Draft today. It went to the seven-round format in 1994. For any team to get 10 players picked in one seven-round draft is nothing short of remarkable. The Dawgs made it 15 through six rounds.

Congratulations on breaking an NFL record and may Georgia reap all the benefits from this draft.

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