Eric Stokes turned a lot of heads while manning the corner position during his Georgia football career.
Now, he’s doing the same in Green Bay in his first training camp with the Packers after being selected as their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Four-time Pro Bowler, Madden 99-er and 2020 First-Team All-Pro receiver Davante Adams lauded Stokes’ ability this week, comparing him to former Packers Pro Bowl corner Sam Shields and current Packers Pro Bowl corner Jaire Alexander.
Adams evaluation won’t surprise Georgia football fans.
A diamond-in-the-rough three-star recruit coming out of high school, Stokes was noticed and recruited by former Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, notably for his blinding track speed.
After redshirting his freshman season, Eric Stokes leapt into Georgia football prominence – quite literally – blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown after taking over for the injured Tyson Campbell in the 2018 game against Missouri.
Following his fantastic career at Georgia, which concluded with him being named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press, Stokes continued his meteoric rise up draft boards by running a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him 4.29-second 40-yard dash at UGA’s Pro Day.
Packers fans will soon found out that in addition to an affinity for the Power G, they also have something else in common with Georgia fans – an unwavering appreciation for Eric Stokes.