ATHENS - There's always the chance of a surprise, but right now it appears Georgia for once will have a quiet year for NFL draft early entrees.
"I hope everyone comes back. I'm not hearing a lot of buzz about it right now," head coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. "I think guys feel like they've got more to prove. I'm hearing a good vibe about what the guys feel about the future."
Entering the year, cornerback Damian Swann and receiver Malcolm Mitchell were the most likely players to bolt for the pros. But Swann's struggles and Mitchell's ACL tear have precluded that. Swann told Dawgs247.com this week he wasn't even bothering to send his name to the NFL draft advisory committee. Mitchell recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was returning to Georgia in 2014.
Junior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson, a first-team All-SEC pick, said Wednesday he wasn't sure he would send his name to the draft advisory committee.
"I'm trying to finish out the season, and then me and coach O will talk about it," Wilson said, referring to inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, who spent 11 years with the Washington Redskins before coming to Georgia in 2011.
Junior receiver Chris Conley, who led the team in catches and receiving yards, said he wouldn't think about it until after the bowl, but Conley is also organizing a "Star Wars" lightsaber movie, so his mind doesn't appear on the NFL. Junior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera, named the team's defensive MVP, has also given every indication he's returning.
The only player who has publicly said he would send his name to the NFL draft advisory committee was defensive end Ray Drew, who told Dawgs247.com he would do it because he was curious. But Drew, who has six sacks, has also appeared more intent on returning to school.
"I get a sense that guys really want to have an exceptional year next year, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Richt said.
Players are eligible for the NFL draft if they are three years out of high school.