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Elijah Jackson

The NFL Draft has concluded and Georgia Southern had two players drafted on Saturday.

Cornerback Kindle Vildor and kicker Tyler Bass were the first Georgia Southern players to be drafted since 2017 when Ukeme Eligwe (linebacker) was taken in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Vildor was drafted in the fifth round with pick 163 by the Chicago Bears.

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Bass was drafted in the sixth round with pick 188 by the Buffalo Bills.

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After the draft Georgia Southern safety Donald Rutledge Jr. signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Colts.

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They join Matt Brieda, Jerick Mckinnon, Ukeme Eligwe and Younghoe Koo as the only former Georgia Southern players signed on deals with a team.

Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected]