Georgia LB Roquan Smith declares for 2018 NFL Draft
The Georgia Bulldogs enjoyed a stellar 2017 campaign after winning the SEC en route to a to a trip to this year’s national championship game. The Bulldogs came one defensive stand away from potentially winning their first national title since 1980.
However, if the Bulldogs are to return to the biggest stage in college football next season, they will need to do it without linebacker Roquan Smith. According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, Smith has announced his decision to enter the 2018 NFL Draft:
“As you know this is somewhat of a crossroads for me,” Smith said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve had discussions with coaches and family and a lot of thought and prayer. The decision to leave is not easy but I know it is the right one. Georgia will always be my school and my home and I sincerely wish all the best to the coaches, staff, and players as they continue to reach higher goals in the years to come.”
While the decision deals a blow to the Georgia faithful, it is one that certainly makes sense for Smith. The star linebacker has nearly accomplished everything he could possibly want after yet another stellar season.
Smith was a consensus All-America while earning SEC defensive player of the year honors. He was also named as this year’s recipient of the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. The timing is certainly right for Smith, who is currently projected to go in the top half of the first round of the draft.