The Georgia Bulldogs’ junior wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft’s 5th round by the Denver Broncos with the 172nd overall pick on Saturday afternoon.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) April 29, 2017
McKenzie, a native of Miami, Fla., is the 315th Georgia player taken in the NFL Draft’s history. The Broncos have now taken 13 Bulldogs since selecting Frank Richter in 1967. The last Georgia player drafted by Denver before McKenzie was fellow wide receiver Tavarres King in 2013, who was also selected in the 5th round.
Playing in all 13 games in 2016, McKenzie led the team with 44 catches for 633 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also Georgia’s fourth-leading rusher with 134 yards on 19 carries. He is the school record holder in career punt return touchdowns (5) and overall kick return TDs (6), having set both records in the Louisiana game with an 82-yard punt return touchdown. In addition, McKenzie caught the game-winning touchdown vs. Missouri on a 4th-and-10 play with 1:29 remaining in the game and finished the game with 10 receptions for 122 yards, both career-highs.
For his career, McKenzie caught 60 passes for 823 yards and carried the ball 37 times for 329 yards. He scored 17 touchdowns in his three seasons in Athens, with 11 coming on offense and six in the return game.
McKenzie was the lone Bulldog drafted in the 2017 draft, and Georgia has now had at least one player drafted in each of the past 25 years. The last time the Bulldogs had exactly one player drafted was fellow wide receiver Lindsay Scott in 1982, famous for preserving Georgia’s undefeated season in 1980 with the game-winning touchdown against Florida with under a minute to go.
In 2016, Georgia had five players drafted, highlighted by the Chicago Bears’ selection of Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick. Malcolm Mitchell, who was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round, helped New England come from behind to win Super Bowl LI.