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ESPN: Georgia Football A 'Loser' Of 2019 NFL Draft

Kirby Smart coaching for Georgia.

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 14: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs shouts instructions to his team during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Georgia football didn't make it back to the College Football Playoff, but it was still a pretty impressive season for the Bulldogs.

The Dawgs fell just short of knocking off Alabama in the SEC Championship after winning the East for the second year in a row.

The loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl had to disappoint fans, but the program has clearly positioned itself as a national championship caliber squad.

With that success, comes plenty of early departures.

Alabama knows it all too well, but reloads every year. Clemson's ability to retain defensive stars, on the other hand, was a major contributor to the Tigers' national title win.

We'll have to wait until the fall to see how Kirby Smart's team reacts, but the losses are heavy for UGA once again, especially on offense.

ESPN identified Georgia football as a "loser" of today's NFL Draft early declaration deadline.

From Adam Rittenberg:

Georgia: The Bulldogs had four offensive skill players declare as underclassmen, including their top three pass-catchers, wideouts Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and tight end Isaac Nauta. None is rated among Kiper's top prospects at their respective positions. Would they have left if Georgia passed the ball more? We'll never know. Quarterback Jake Fromm will have a largely new group of targets in 2019. Running back Elijah Holyfield's departure made sense as D'Andre Swift remains in Athens and Zamir White returns from injury.

Recruiting remains at an elite level, so Smart's program should be fine. If the Dawgs want to compete for a return to the CFP, they'll need some of their young guys to step up, alongside star quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D'Andre Swift, both of whom are on early Heisman lists.