Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Terry Godwin dives forward for a first down after a catch against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Panthers draft Georgia’s Terry Godwin in the final round

Godwin, who was the seventh player drafted out of Georgia this year, caught 22 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2018 after missing time at the start of the season on account of an injured calf muscle.

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Godwin had arguably the best hands in the UGA receiving corps, and his 36.5-inch vertical jump was noted at the NFL combine.

Godwin ranked among the more athletic receivers on the NFL draft board.

Godwin was selected in the 33rd round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft by the Braves coming out of Callaway High School.

But Godwin, a 5-star signee for previous UGA coach Mark Richt, stuck with football.

Godwin finished his UGA career 10th on the school's all-time receptions list (134). He also had the unique accomplishment of having scored touchdowns via the pass, run and kick return, in addition to his 12 touchdown catches.

Coach Kirby Smart was so impressed with Godwin that he brought him to SEC Media Days leading into the 2018 season.

“He is just a bright-eyed guy that loves to practice every day,” Smart said. “You can put Terry in any position, and it works for him. He understands the game, and his leadership in that room with the wideouts has been tremendous for us.”

Godwin most recently starred in the East-West Shrine Game, earning MVP honors with four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

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