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UGA wideouts Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley bolting school for NFL draft

The defections of Hardman, Ridley and Isaac Nauta leave Elijah Holyfield as the last 'undecided' draft holdout, among UGA's prominent starters.

ATLANTA — It's been a busy day for UGA football and early entry defectors to the NFL.

On Friday, tight end Isaac Nauta was the first Dawgs underclassman to dip his toe into the draft waters.

Less than two hours later, receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman Jr. made similarly bold leaps, forgoing their respective senior campaigns for greener pastures in the pros.

Ridley, the brother of Atlanta Falcons rookie Calvin Ridley, caught 44 balls for 570 yards and nine touchdowns.

The standout sequence of 2018: Ridley rolled for four touchdowns in the final three outings of the regular season, including one score against Alabama in the SEC title game.

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Hardman, commonly known as the fastest player on UGA's current squad (if not the entire SEC), amassed 34 catches, 532 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

The standout sequence: Hardman produced a touchdown in Georgia's first four games.

The trio of defections leaves junior tailback Elijah Holyfield as the last 'undecided' holdout, among the prominent UGA starters.

All draft-eligible underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to make a formal decision.