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Could Georgia have zero players taken in NFL draft? It’s a legit possibility

NFL: 2015 NFL Draft
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Georgia has had at least one player selected in each NFL draft since 1992 — and all but one draft since 1941 — but that streak could end this year.

Georgia had just one player invited to last week’s NFL Scouting Combine, wide receiver/punt returner Isaiah McKenzie, who was the Bulldogs’ leading receiver last season. In addition, Georgia didn’t have a player selected for the East-West Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl. And McKenzie is far from a certainty to be drafted. For one, he measured 5 feet 7 at the combine, which greatly limits how he can be used. Second, he wasn’t all that productive as a Bulldog, with just 60 career receptions. Truthfully, he may have more upside as a return man than as a receiver.

If no one from Georgia is selected in the seven-round draft, it would be the first time since 1992 that no Bulldogs player was drafted. That is the only draft since the one in 1941 in which no one from Georgia was selected.

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Given the high rankings of Georgia’s recruiting classes in 2012, ’13 and ’14 — the classes that are “supplying” this year’s draftees — that the Bulldogs could get whitewashed in this draft is somewhat eye-opening. The Bulldogs’ 2012 recruiting class ranked No. 8 nationally. The ’13 class was 12th. And the ’14 class — McKenzie’s class — also was No. 8.

That lends credence to those who criticized former coach Mark Richt for not properly developing some of his later recruiting classes.

It should benefit Georgia this fall that this draft class is not stronger. That’s because running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and outside linebackers Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter decided to return for their senior seasons. Carter, Chubb and Michel were five-star recruits in the 2014 class; they were among 33 five-star prospects that year and 16 of them are in this draft.

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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