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Former Georgia Bulldog Nolan Smith Signs Rookie Deal With Philadelphia Eagles

May 22, 2023
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ATHENS - Everyone knew that Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs signed a special player in the 2019 recruiting class in the nation’s No. 1 prospect, outside linebacker Nolan Smith.

The elite prospect from Savannah who attended IMG Academy got to Athens as a highly-coveted 5-star prospect, and after a fantastic four-year career, Smith left his mark in the program, winning two national championships in his final two years.

Smith flew up NFL Draft boards after tearing up the 2023 NFL Combine, but slipped all the way down into the first round of last April’s NFL Draft.

He fell right into the lap of the Philadelphia Eagles, who took him with the 30th overall pick. With Smith on the roster, the Eagles have +100 odds to repeat as NFC East Champions next fall according to FanDuel.

Now, Smith has signed his rookie contract with the Eagles where he’ll make almost 12 million dollars over the next four years along with a $5.7 million signing bonus.

Smith chose Georgia out of high school, won two championships, and now he’s a multi-millionaire with an extremely bright future in the NFL.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

 



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2022 Georgia Bulldogs DL Nolan Smith

Started at LB in eight games...had 18 total tackles and a team-high 16 QB hurries before going down with an injury in Florida game...three tackles, one for lost yardage, in win over Auburn...had two unassisted tackles and a team-high three QB hurries in season-opening win over No. 11 Oregon...one QB sack that forced an intentional grounding penalty in win over Vanderbilt...tackle for lost yardage and a QB hurry in win over Samford...named to preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defender)...second-team pre-season All-America selection by Athlon Sports.

2021 Georgia Bulldogs DL Nolan Smith

Played in 14 of 15 games, starting in all 14...finished with 56 total tackles, fifth most on the team...also finished with 9.0 tackles for lost yardage (second on team), 3.5 of those coming on QB sacks, along with 27 QB pressures...led the Bulldogs in tackles (8) in Capital One Orange Bowl win over Michigan...also had a career-high seven QB pressures vs. the Wolverines...three tackles, one for loss, two QB hurries and a pivotal play of Georgia’s win over Missouri, when he blocked a second-quarter Tiger punt that resulted in a safety...four total stops in win over Florida...added three career firsts vs. the Gators: forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception, all in a 39-second span of the second quarter...twice named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week: vs. USC and Florida...had four tackles, one QB sack (8-yard loss) and two QB hurries in Georgia’s win over #3 Clemson...team-high eight tackles in win over South Carolina...caused a fumble and also assisted on a sack that resulted in a safety vs. the Gamecocks...named one of three team captains for the Vanderbilt game.

2020 Georgia Bulldogs DL Nolan Smith

Played extensively in all 10 of the Bulldogs' games...first starting assignment of the season in win over Tennessee...finished with 22 total stops and 20 QB pressures...credited with a career-best six tackles at Arkansas, including 1.5 stops for 14 lost yards...also had four QB pressures vs. the Razorbacks...had three stops and a pair of QB hurries in win over Auburn...four tackles and a QB pressure vs. Alabama...had three tackles in win at Missouri, including the Bulldogs' lone QB sack of the game.

2019 Georgia Bulldogs DL Nolan Smith

Co-winner of Defensive Newcomer of the Year, given at team’s post-season awards gala...played in all 14 games and finished with 18 total stops, including 2.5 sacks for 19 lost yards...also had 15 QB pressures, fourth-best on the team...three tackles and a QB pressure vs. Georgia Tech...two stops vs. Missouri included a QB sack for a 9-yard loss...had 1.5 sacks vs. Murray State...enrolled at UGA in January and participated in Spring drills.

IMG Academy (FL) LB Nolan Smith

Coached by Kevin Wright…one of four finalists for the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, given to the nation’s top senior offensive and defensive linemen…247sports.com five-star prospect, top-ranked prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #2 prospect nationally, #2 WR…ESPN.com five-star prospect, #2 prospect nationally, #2 defensive end prospect nationally, #1 prospect in Florida...Rivals.com five-star prospect, #5 prospect nationally, #2 player in Florida…had 47 tackles, 14.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks in his senior season…USA Today All-USA first team and #2 on the USA TODAY pre-season Chosen 25…as a junior, he had 41 tackles, 10 TFL, four sacks, two fumbles recovered, an interception, a fumble forced and a blocked punt…2017 MaxPreps Junior All-American Team First-Team offense…transferred to IMG Academy in January of 2017, after two years at Calvary Day, where he played DL and RB…2016 All-State Class A-Private First Team defense by both the Georgia Sports Writers Assn. and AJC…2016 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Team Second-Team defense…defensively, he amassed 75 tackles – 16 for a loss – to go along with 27 QB hurries, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt as a sophomore…offensively, he led the team with 712 rushing yards and scored 12 total TDs.



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