Georgia Football: Bacarri Rambo Needs To Make the Wise Choice and Stay in School

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 29, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Bacarri Rambo #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the LSU Tigers during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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News came down the chute last night and this morning about the suspensions of both Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree, two projected starters for the Bulldogs for the 2012 season.

More info on Rambo has emerged as his high school coach is now telling people the story of the random pot brownies that Rambo ingested on spring break.

Whether you believe the story or not, the fact of the matter is if the coach is accurate then this is Rambo's second offense, and therefore he'll draw a four-game suspension in 2012. That means he's set to miss Buffalo, Mizzou, Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt for the Dawgs. The most interesting tidbit from Marc Weiszer has nothing to do with the suspension itself, though.

The rising senior also is considering entering the NFL supplemental draft.

That's right, apparently this suspension might push Rambo, one of the nation's best returning safeties, to look into the supplemental draft. If this is true, someone needs to stop the young man immediately from making a serious mistake.

The supplemental draft is a great tool for players who get dismissed from their team and don't want to transfer or for guys who end up in a tough position where college football is just not an option because of academic ineligibility going into their final year.

The supplemental draft is not the answer for a guy like Bacarri Rambo. Make no mistake about it, the kid is a heck of a football player, someone an NFL team with a need at the safety position would be lucky to get.

However, wading into the supplemental draft pool means he has to take what a select handful of teams with interest are willing to give. Even after an All-American season, Rambo was not in the same realm NFL-wise as his co-All-SEC teammate Mark Barron.

This season Rambo has the chance to step into the nation's elite as the Dawgs' defense comes to form.

A four-game suspension is a healthy chunk of the year. If Rambo was a safety with the same accolades he has now, except playing for Duke or Indiana or another bottom-of-the-barrel team, perhaps getting out now would make more sense. Eight games, no bowl game to showcase the talents against other opponents and not very many lofty team goals wouldn't affect the situation too heavily.

However, Rambo is at the University of Georgia. They have a second SEC East title on their racket, a good shot at playing 14 games, a chance for a BCS Bowl and all that comes with it.

To be clear, this isn't about Rambo coming back because the Dawgs need him. That would be a fan-sided, somewhat selfish assessment of the situation.

Rather, for Rambo and his wallet's sake, coming back is about proving he is among the nation's elite when it comes to the safety position. The best way to do that is on a team that is in the spotlight.

If he wants to be in the realm of guys like T.J. McDonald and Robert Lester for the 2013 draft, he has to come play his last nine or 10 games and put on a show in order to max his value to the NFL.

The smart lay for Rambo is to sit his four games and come back ready to show scouts everything he can do on the field. Erase the questions about his ability in coverage. Show an improvement in range on the field. Ultimately continue the improvements he showed a season ago in order to push his stock up to where he's in the discussion as one of the top safeties in the draft.