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UGA's Potential 2014 First Rounders

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Kenarious Gates (No. 72) could be one of the top offensive tackle prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images.
Kenarious Gates (No. 72) could be one of the top offensive tackle prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images.

With the NFL Draft in full swing, former Georgia Bulldogs are realizing their dream of joining an NFL team.

However, for players still in Athens,next year enters in their mind.

Just one year ago, players like Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree were sitting in their dorm rooms wondering what life would be like in one year.

This year, there are a few other Georgia players who are wondering the same thing.

What will life be like in one year?

So who are the players that could hear their names called in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft?

CB DAMIAN SWANN

Swann could be considered a first-round pick if he decides to leave school early.

Although just a sophomore last year, Swann continually showed he could play the position at a high level, grabbing four interceptions to go along with 53 tackles. He also had five passes defended, two fumble recoveries and two sacks.

The Southeastern Conference is known more for its running backs, but as we saw in the conference championship game, the passing game has taken on a more prominent role.

For an SEC team to succeed, a lockdown corner is important.

With one more year, Swann will be even better in 2013. That could translate into being a first-round pick in next year's draft.

LT KENARIOUS GATES

The NFL is always looking for linemen that can protect a quarterback's blind side.

Gates has experience protecting Aaron Murray, and with a good season in 2013, he could really shoot up draft boards. He's currently the No. 11 offensive tackle, according to CBS Sports.

Gates could play either the right or left side, which makes him an even more marketable player.

He still has to improve his lateral movement a little, but with one more year of work, he'll get first-round consideration in 2014.

G CHRIS BURNETTE

With two guards potentially drafted in the first half of the first round this year, Burnette could see himself as a 2014 first-rounder.

Currently rated the No. 8 offensive guard, according to CBS Sports, Burnette is another player who could really shoot up draft boards.

Players like Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper weren't first-round prospects at this time last year. Good seasons and great workouts moved them up draft boards.

The same could happen for Burnette.