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Chris Conley Drafted 76th by Kansas City

Chris Conley
(Photo by Duane Jurma)
[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia receiver Chris Conley was selected with the 76th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago on Friday night.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Conley marks the fourth Bulldog selected by the Chiefs, all since the 2011 draft.  Following Justin Houston’s third round selection in 2011, Kansas City chose Sanders Commings in the fifth round in 2013 and Aaron Murray in the fifth round in 2014.
[su_spacer size=”40″] This gives the Bulldogs two players drafted through the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  On Thursday, Todd Gurley became the first running back since 2012 to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round after the St. Louis Rams took him with the 10th overall pick.
[su_spacer size=”20″] [su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4fbcN54bOQ” autohide=”no”] [su_spacer size=”20″] Conley became the 76th Georgia player drafted to the NFL in the Mark Richt era and the 306th Bulldogs taken all-time.  Conley is the highest pick at receiver for Georgia since A.J. Green went to the Cincinnati Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Conley, a 6-3, 206-pound native of Dallas, Ga., appeared in 49 games over four seasons with the Bulldogs, amassing 117 receptions for 1,938 yards and 20 touchdowns, which is tied for fourth in school history.  His most productive season came as a senior in 2014 when he led the team in receiving yards (657) and receiving touchdowns (eight).
[su_spacer size=”40″] Conley’s career also saw him produce off the field.  He was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, won the Atlanta Sports Awards’ Community Spirit Award and was a First Team selection to the Senior CLASS Award.  Conley was also named to the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society for maintaining a cumulative 3.2 GPA throughout his career.  In addition, Conley represented the SEC on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his time in Athens.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Rounds four through seven of the NFL Draft will arrive on Saturday starting at noon.

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.