Natrez Patrick: 2018 NFL draft prospect
Natrez Patrick is primed for a breakout year with the Georgia Bulldogs. If he plays well enough, he could end up in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Georgia #6
40 time: 4.72
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Coming out of high school
Started two games as a freshman in 2015. Played in 11. Patrick posted 22 total tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.
In 2016 he started nine games. And played in 10. Patrick was the Bulldogs second leading tackler with 59. That includes missing four games due to a shoulder injury.
Spring Practice 2017
Natrez Patrick emerged out of spring practice as the number one Mike linebacker.
Just 🚶🏽 away bro . pic.twitter.com/pA20xzQtjs
— Natrez Patrick (@NatrezPatrick_9) April 24, 2017
2018 NFL draft potential
Projected as the number 15 pick in the 2018 NFL draft by NFLDraftBlitz.com’s February 2017 NFL mock draft.
Arrested for drug possession his freshman year. This never helps a player’s draft potential. However, the arrest was during his freshman year. If he makes only football headlines in 2017 it shouldn’t affect his draft potential that much. I would be surprised if teams don’t ask about it though.
Natrez Patrick plays in the SEC which is a breeding ground for first round draft choices. Patrick needs to have a strong year and good games against Notre Dame, Florida, and Auburn.
I couldn’t say Patrick is a lock for the first round in the 2018 NFL draft. Right now, Patrick ranks number 40 on the NFL Draft Board.
One thing working against Natrez Patrick is the move towards edge rushers. And away from inside linebackers.
But Dawgs 247 writes that Patrick could have a breakout year. And that he looked like the best defender on the field in 2016 for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Depending on how his junior year goes, and his financial situation, he may want to stay in school for his senior year and try to break into the upper half of the first round.