Eric Stokes
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Stokes with the Green Bay Packers in 2021
No. 21 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1999-03-01) March 1, 1999 (age 23)
Covington, Georgia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Eastside (Covington, Georgia)
College:Georgia (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2020)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2019)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:52
Pass deflections:14
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Eric Jamane Stokes (born March 1, 1999) is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Stokes attended Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia, where he played football and ran track.[1] He committed to play college football at the University of Georgia in 2017.[2]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Georgia in 2017, Stokes played in 13 of 14 games with three starts in 2018 and finished the season with 20 tackles.[3][4][5] As a sophomore in 2019, he started 13 of 14 games, recording 38 tackles and one sack.[6] He returned as a starter in 2020 where he recorded his first career interception, which he returned for a touchdown, in the opening game of the season. He finished the season with four interceptions and two touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+58 in
(1.84 m)
194 lb
(88 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.31 s 1.50 s 2.56 s 4.36 s 6.96 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
14 reps
All values from Pro Day[7][8]

Stokes was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round (29th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[9] He signed his four-year rookie contract on June 2, 2021,[10] worth $11.93 million, including a $6.03 million signing bonus.[11]

Stokes was named the third outside cornerback on the depth chart to start the season. Following continued struggles and injuries by starter Kevin King through the first two weeks of the season, Stokes was named the starter opposite cornerback Jaire Alexander ahead of the Packers' Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. The following week, he recorded his first NFL interception off a pass from Ben Roethlisberger during a 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[12]

Starting from Week 5, and with exception of the Packers' Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Stokes started every game for the Packers, providing a steadying presence in a secondary decimated by injuries.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2021 GB 16 14 52 40 12 0.0 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 16 14 52 40 12 0.0 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: nfl.com

References

  1. ^ Dennis, Ryne. "Eric Stokes has turned blazing speed into reliability at corner". Onlineathens.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Stokes commits to UGA over Ole Miss". macon.com. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Marc Weiszer (May 4, 2019). "Eric Stokes on fast track in UGA secondary". Onlineathens.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "For Eric Stokes, his UGA waiting game is beginning to pay off". covnews.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Eric Stokes could be nearing his first start for Georgia". Timesfreepress.com. November 14, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Ballad of 'Dirty Red': How Eric Stokes found a home at Georgia, and Georgia found its lockdown cornerback". Theathletic.com. October 31, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Eric Stokes Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  8. ^ "Eric Stokes, Georgia, CB, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  9. ^ "2021 NFL Draft: Packers select Georgia CB Eric Stokes in first round, No. 29 overall". packers.com. April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "Packers sign CB Eric Stokes". packers.com. June 2, 2021. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Boston, Freddie (June 3, 2021). "Packers: Details of first-round pick Eric Stokes' contract". Lombardi Ave. Retrieved January 21, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Riley, Connor (October 5, 2021). "Eric Stokes records his first career interception to highlight former Bulldogs in the NFL". DawgNation.com. Retrieved October 25, 2021.