The Philadelphia Eagles have reunited two Georgia football defensive pairs by selecting defensive tackle Jalen Carter and edge rusher Nolan Smith in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Carter and Smith will join their former teammates Jordan Davis and NaKobe Dean from the Bulldogs’ historically dominant 2021 defense, which allowed only 10.2 points per game.
As a rookie, Davis appeared in 13 games, with five starts and 18 tackles as a defensive lineman. He will now compete with Carter for playing time, as they did in 2021 when they formed a powerful one-two punch on the defensive interior. Dean played in 17 games as a reserve and special teams player for the Eagles.
Carter was the first Georgia player selected in the draft after being involved in an off-field controversy, where he pled guilty to reckless driving and racing. His selection was followed by offensive tackle Broderick Jones at No. 14 and Nolan Smith at No. 30, making it a total of three Georgia players in the first round.
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