Analyzing Georgia Southern’s 2021 NFL Draft prospects

The Eagles hope to have multiple draft picks for just the fourth time in program history

DJ Cadden, Correspondent

After racking up 27 wins and two bowl victories in the last four seasons, it was inevitable that Georgia Southern would have multiple players leave after this season in hopes of becoming an NFL Draft pick.

The George-Anne has decided to analyze and project where each of the three NFL Draft hopefuls from Statesboro will fall when the draft rolls around in April.

DE Raymond Johnson III: In four years as an Eagle, Raymond Johnson III has established himself as one of the most disruptive players in college football. In 49 games, Johnson accumulated 33.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and five fumble recoveries. After an outstanding 2020 campaign, which included a second-team all-American selection, Johnson’s draft stock should continue to rise as he goes through the draft process.

Projection: Round 4-5

LB Rashad Byrd: Another well-known Eagle defender, Rashad Byrd has also established himself as a household name among Eagle Nation. Byrd finished his career in Statesboro with 247 tackles, 21.5 sacks, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles. At 6-feet tall and 230 pounds, Byrd is a bit undersized in NFL terms. However, his energy on the field and sheer talent should get him NFL looks.

Projection: Round 7-UDFA

LS Ryan Langan: Perfection is the one word that describes Langan’s career at Georgia Southern. In over 500 snaps in four seasons, Langan did not have a single miscue as an Eagle. As a result, Langan was named a Patrick Mannely Long Snapper of the Year Award finalist. Despite his virtual perfection, long snappers tend to fly under the radar when the NFL Draft rolls around. If Langan gets drafted, it will be an extremely late pick. However, he will most certainly end up on an NFL roster.

Projection: Round 7-UDFA