A day later, Ladd McConkey is officially off the board in the 2024 NFL Draft.

He was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2nd round of the draft with the 34th overall pick. It did not take long for Day 2 of the draft to include some intrigue with the Chargers and new head coach Jim Harbaugh trading up to grab McConkey.

McConkey becomes the 9th receiver to come off the board in what was a loaded class for wideouts. Seven WRs were selected in the first round Thursday night, and Florida State star Keon Coleman was the 1st pick of the 2nd round by the Buffalo Bills.

McConkey arrived in Athens as an unheralded recruit in the class of 2020. A 3-star prospect, McConkey was ranked as the No. 1,131 player in the country for that cycle, per 247Sports Composite rankings.

Even in a program that regularly signs blue-chip wide receivers, McConkey was able to quickly make an impact at UGA. After redshirting in 2020, McConkey went for 400+ receiving yards in each of his next 3 campaigns in Athens. He had a career-high 58 catches for 762 yards and 7 touchdowns during a standout 2022 campaign.

In 2023, despite battling injuries, McConkey caught 30 passes for 478 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 15.9 yards per reception represented a new career-high. He was limited to just 9 games in his final season at UGA.

McConkey is the 3rd Georgia player to be selected so far in the 2024 NFL Draft, joining tight end Brock Bowers and offensive lineman Amarius Mims, both of whom went in the first round Thursday night. Georgia produced multiple 1st-round picks in 4 of the past 5 NFL Drafts. Some mocks had McConkey as a fringe 1st-rounder, but he slipped into the second day.

McConkey is originally from Chatsworth, Georgia.