ATLANTA-- Georgia State wide receiver Robert Davis was selected Saturday by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2017 National Football League Draft.
Davis, the No. 205 overall selection, becomes the third player to be drafted out of Georgia State, which has played football for just seven seaons. He joins defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi (6th round (189) by Oakland Raiders, 2012) and offensive linemen Ulrick John (7th round (232) by Indianapolis Colts, 2014).
Davis hopes to become the fifth GSU Panther to play in the NFL, joining Bilukidi, John (now with Arizona Cardinals), wide receiver Albert Wilson (fourth-year wide receiver with Kansas City Chiefs) and Wil Lutz (second-year kicker with New Orleans Saints).
The 6-3, 219-pounder from Warner Robins, Ga., finished his college career as the Panthers' all-time leading receiver with 222 catches for 3,391 yards. The two-time, first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection caught 17 touchdown passes and had at least one reception in every game he played (49 straight). He stands second in Sun Belt history (to T.Y. Hilton, FIU, 3,531) in career receiving yards and fifth in receptions.
"It was a long wait and it got a little stressful, but once that call came through, it was a relief," said Davis, who watched the Draft at his home in Warner Robins, Ga., joined by family and GSU teammates Penny Hart, Glenn Smith, Todd Boyd and Matlin Marshall.
"It means a lot, to go from Georgia State being my only scholarship offer to now being drafted into the NFL," he continued. "I really appreciate Georgia State giving me the opportunity to play college football.
"But all the hard work I've put in to this point is just the start."