The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder improved each season at Georgia, and he showed a knack for stepping up in the biggest games last season.
Nauta had a season-high five catches for 73 yards in the Bulldogs’ 36-17 win over Florida.
Against Alabama in the SEC Championship game, Nauta caught four passes for a season-high 81 yards and a touchdown.
Indeed, Nauta proved to be one of Jake Fromm’s favorite targets in the red zone and on third downs.
Nauta ranked tied for third among SEC tight ends in combined first down and touchdown catches last season, with 18.
While some might still suggest Nauta should have stayed another year at UGA, Nauta has not looked back.
“I’m the most at peace with myself that I have been,” Nauta said in the days leading to his selection. “I’m enjoying the journey and soaking up every moment of it.”