May 21, 2024

Georgia junior Brock Bowers, who secured the prestigious Mackey Award for the second consecutive time as the top tight end in college football, announced his decision to enter the NFL draft on Tuesday. The Napa, California native is currently positioned as the fifth-best prospect for the upcoming 2024 NFL draft, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., while Jordan Reid, another ESPN analyst, ranks him at number eight.

Expressing his appreciation to “Dawg Nation” on Instagram, Bowers reflected on the remarkable three years he spent at the university. He acknowledged the unwavering support of his family, especially his parents, who made numerous trips across the country to support his journey. In his sophomore season, Bowers continued to excel with 63 catches for 942 yards and 7 touchdowns, contributing to the Bulldogs’ undefeated record and consecutive CFP national championships.

Georgia TE Brock Bowers declares for 2024 NFL Draft

Despite facing adversity with a left ankle injury that required TightRope surgery in October of the recent season, Bowers displayed resilience. He missed three games but still managed to accumulate 56 catches for 714 yards and 6 scores. Notably, his 494 receiving yards after contact led all FBS tight ends during the season.

Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 240 pounds, Bowers, unfortunately, faced limitations in the SEC championship game against Alabama and sat out the Capital One Orange Bowl against Florida State due to lingering effects of the ankle injury.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart praised Bowers for his exceptional athleticism, toughness, and work ethic, highlighting his significant impact on the team’s culture and offensive approach. Smart expressed confidence that Bowers’ legacy would leave a lasting influence on the roster.

Due to Bowers’ versatility, adept blocking skills, and ability to excel after the catch, he is expected to be one of the highest-selected tight ends in NFL draft history. The Atlanta Falcons set a precedent by choosing Florida’s Kyle Pitts with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, making him the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history.

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