Georgia junior nose tackle Kwame Geathers confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
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"I'm going to go ahead and leave," Geathers told Dawgs247. "I felt like I was ready to go. I think I did everything at Georgia that I wanted to do. I felt like it was time to get a jump on the next step in my career."
Geathers says he received a grade of "third-to-sixth round" from the NFL's draft advisory board and is "very excited" to take on his pro career. He plans to pick an agent and a destination to begin training for the Draft soon.
He said he has informed Georgia's coaches of his decision but that he has not yet spoken with new defensive line coach Chris Wilson.
Asked if he wanted to talk with Wilson before finalizing his decision, Geathers replied, "Nah, not really."
The 6-foot-6, 355-pound Geathers played in 34 games for the Bulldogs after redshirting during the 2009 season.
He now joins a lengthy Geathers family history of players leaving early to turn professional. His older brother Robert Geathers Jr. played for UGA from 2001-03 and is a member of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.
Kwame's decision means that Georgia will be looking for a new starting nose tackle next season to anchor its 3-4 defense.
Geathers is the third UGA junior to announce intentions to turn pro since the Capital One Bowl, joining linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree. Quarterback Aaron Murray is returning for his senior season in Athens.