ATHENS Georgia offensive guard Solomon Kindley is ready to take his game to the next level, announcing that he will forego his senior season of eligibility to enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Kindley, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound redshirt junior from Jacksonville, Fla., played through an ankle injury that he suffered in the 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21.
It was clear Kindley was not at his best when he returned to action two weeks later in a 21-0 win over Kentucky, and he was still not 100 percent when he returned to the starting lineup for the Nov. 2 game at Florida.
Kindley did, however, play well in the Bulldogs' 26-14 Sugar Bowl win over Baylor. The junior provided leadership at the bowl site, sparking much-needed confidence among a shuffled offensive line.
Kindley was a team captain for Georgia's wins over Vanderbilt, Missouri and Texas A&M.
A three-star product coming out of Raines High School, Kindley redshirted the 2016 season before earning seven starts at right guard his redshirt freshman season.
Kindley took over the left guard spot in 2018, starting all 14 games at left guard and being named one of three winners of the Bulldogs' Most Improved Offensive Player Award at Georgia's postseason gala.
"What I found out last year was that for a lot of kids, it was the most important game of their season and meant so much to them,and then maybe for some others it didn't," Smart said.
"You've got to take the guys that are engaged and excited about playing, because that matters a whole lot more than how good they are."
Underclassmen have until Jan. 20 to declare themselves eligible for the NFL draft. A list of underclassmen approved for entry will be sent to NFL teams on Jan. 24.
The NFL draft evaluation process includes the East-West Shrine Game (select players Jan. 18, St. Petersburg, Fla.) and the Senior Bowl (select players, Jan. 25, Mobile, Ala.).
The NFL combine takes place Feb. 24-March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The University of Georgia will also hold a "Pro Day" combine in March, typically the week leading up to the start of spring drills.
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