The Georgia secondary took a hit ahead of the Sugar Bowl this year, as star DB Deandre Baker decided to sit out.

That was an understandable decision, as the Bulldogs just missed out on going to the College Football Playoff, so Baker felt he should preserve his health for the upcoming NFL Draft.

At the NFL Combine on Monday, Baker was asked about that decision, and he explained it was hard, but he had to do what was best for him (via

“My heart wanted to play but I had to make a business decision,” Baker said. “It was hard just to watch my team. They wanted me out there with them, but they understood I had bigger things. Just knowing I wouldn’t be able to be out there with them was hurting me.”

Baker ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and did 14 reps in the bench press, so a solid performance overall.

The potential first-round pick had 40 tackles and two interceptions in 2018.