UGA star DT Carter declares for '23 NFL draft

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Georgia Bulldogs star defensive tackle Jalen Carter has announced he's entering the 2023 NFL draft, following No. 1 Georgia's 65-7 win over No. 3 TCU in Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship.

Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter declares for '23 NFL draft play Georgia's journey to becoming top dogs once again (2:20) Rece Davis chronicles how Georgia established itself as the standard-bearer in college football after winning back-to-back championships. (2:20) 9:41 AM ET ESPN Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter is forgoing his senior year and entering the 2023 NFL draft. Hours after the No. 1 Bulldogs beat No. 3 TCU 65-7 in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, the star defensive tackle announced his decision on Twitter. Thanking his coaches, teammates and fans, Carter, who had two tackles Monday night and helped the Bulldogs' defense hold TCU to 188 yards, said: "My dream since childhood has been to play in the NFL and without my mother this would not be possible. I am beyond blessed to have her in my corner. With all that said, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the NFL Draft. While I am excited for the next chapter. I WILL ALWAYS BE A DAWG!" Carter grappled with a nagging ankle injury that limited his play for most of the first half of the season. He suffered a knee injury in October that caused him to miss two games. Editor's Picks The 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle was a unanimous All-American in 2022. He earned All-SEC first-team honors and was named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman. Carter is the No. 1-rated player in the 2023 NFL draft, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper .