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Georgia Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis

Ian BergCorrespondent IApril 18, 2013

Georgia Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis

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    Georgia was one of the best teams in the country in 2012, ending the regular season just a few short yards away from a national title berth.

    A lot of the talent that helped produce the successful season is now headed to the pros, and this is your guide to the Bulldogs' draft day.

    Guys like Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are expected to be first-rounders, but there are also a handful of other talented defenders that will listen for their name on draft weekend. This is arguably the deepest defensive draft class this cycle.

    Here is a look at the Bulldogs. 

     

    Note: Player profiles will be updated once drafted 

Jarvis Jones: LB

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    Where He Was Selected: First round - 17 Overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers

    (Jones was a great pick for the Steelers. He will be a "pin your ears back" type player in an already attacking defense. The Steelers made an already good defense great with this pick. Jones will be a solid addition to the "Steel Curtain.")

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 245 pounds

    Jarvis Jones is one of the premier linebackers in the draft. He was an explosive player for Georgia, which kept him in the spotlight, but he struggled to stay healthy, causing concerns heading into the NFL.

    Jones led the SEC in tackles for loss last season (h/t CFBStats.com) with 24.5 in 12 games, and was the most explosive defender in the conference.

    His electric play and worth ethic will make him a steal for the Steelers.  

Alec Ogletree: LB

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    Where He Was Selected: First round - 30 Overall to the St. Louis Rams

    Alec Ogletree is a major playmaker at OLB. He is a great pickup for the Rams and will be a player that can step in day one and make an impact. Ogletree was an elite defender at Georgia, and he is set to have a very good career in St. Louis. 

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 242 pounds

    The Georgia Bulldogs are losing two of the best linebackers in the college game when Jones and Alec Ogletree depart.

    Miller had this to say:

    Alec Ogletree could be... seen as a top player in this year's class, and may still be, but off-field issues have checkered his past and will definitely come up on draft day. Teams who believe they can support Ogletree will get a linebacker with exceptional range and a violent, attacking presence on defense.

John Jenkins: DT

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    Where He Was Selected: Third round - 82 Overall to the New Orleans Saints

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 346 pounds

    The Georgia defense was anchored by the play of John Jenkins last year. He expects to serve the same role for a Saints defense that was shredded by the run last season.

     

     

    There are a lot of positives about Jenkins' game, but there are questions concerning work ethic. He was ineligible for the Bulldogs' bowl game after a drop in academics.

    He is still an electric player that will fit well into a pro 3-4 system. 

Shawn Williams: SS

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 213 pounds

    The teams that are looking for a head-hunting type safety will be taking a hard look at Shawn Williams. He has posted a 4.46 40-yard dash, and hit 25 reps in the bench press (via NFL.com) during his combine.

    Those results are monumental for a 6’0” safety, but it proved how Williams could be such a force inside the box.

    He will be a dangerous threat against the run at the next level, and will be able to handle most zone assignments without issue. He isn’t a ball-hawking type, but he will be able to make plays against the pass.

    Matt Miller has Williams going in the third round to the Green Bay Packers in his latest mock draft.

    When asked about Williams, Miller responded (via Twitter):

    @mattbowen41 Love his size and strength. He's just tough in the box. Purely a SS. Don't see him being a turnover guy.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 29, 2013

    @mattbowen41 I like Shawn Williams more than teammate Baccari Rambo, though.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 29, 2013

     

    Expect Williams to be a surprise for a team early, and to be able to perform early at a high level. 

Tavarres King: WR

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    Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 161 Overall to the Denver Broncos

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 189 pounds

    Tavarres King is an asset that was not showcased during his time with the Bulldogs. He was always a steady performer that helped maintain possessions for the Georgia offense and was a playmaker consistently.

    Once he gets the ball in his hands he can outwork coverage and open field tacklers, creating plays that move the chains and go for scores.

    There is an opportunity for King to step in at the next level and be an every Sunday type of performer, but he has to improve his hands and show that he can be a consistent threat. 

Cornelius Washington: LB

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    Where He Was Selected: Sixth round - 188 Overall to the Chicago Bears

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 265 pounds

    Heading into the draft Cornelius Washington is one of the more underrated and athletic linebackers in the cycle.

    He was clocked at a 4.55 40-yard dash, and pulled off 36 reps in the bench press (via NFL.com) at the combine. He has the athleticism to be an impact player at the next level, but he has to prove that he can play with consistency.

    Radi Nabulsi of ESPN (via Twitter) pointed to the athleticism of Washington over other highly rated linebackers in this draft class:

    Manti Te'o ran an unofficial time of 4.81 in the 40-yard dash. Cornelius Washington was faster at 3 inches taller and 24 lbs heavier (4.53).

    — Radi Nabulsi ESPN (@RadiNabulsi) February 25, 2013

    Although he is a bit of an unproven commodity, Washington is one of the best pure linebackers in the class. He is a steal for the Bears in the sixth round. He will be an early contributor for the Bears defense. 

Sanders Commings: CB

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    Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 134 Overall to the Kansas City Chiefs

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 216 pounds

    The NFL is looking for bigger bodies at corner to take on the larger receivers that have flooded the game the past couple of years, and Sanders Commings fits that mold.

    He is a talented corner that brings sure tackling and solid man-coverage skills to the field. He is not elite with his footwork and hips and will take time in a pro system to develop.

    Don’t be surprised if a team takes him on a whim because of his pure athleticism and nose for the football.

Bacarri Rambo: SS

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    Where He Was Selected: Sixth round - 191 Overall to the Washington Redskins

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 211 pounds

    There were a number of ups and downs for Rambo during his college career at Georgia, and a number of those issues could crop up concerns as teams look to draft him this year.

    He has been a consistent ball hawk when on the field, and will continue that role in the pros.

    The off-the-field issues are the biggest concern for Rambo, but considering the talent and big-play ability that he possesses, he will land in the middle rounds on draft weekend. 

    He is a great fit for Washington. He will be able to fly around the football and make a lot of support plays in this defense. 

Abry Jones: DE

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 313 pounds

    Abry Jones was a versatile player along the defensive line for Georgia, playing all three positions along the 3-4 front.

    He has been a consistent performer for Georgia, but he was overshadowed by bigger names along the line this past season.

    He is a fence-line selection that may hear his name called on draft weekend. According to Matt Miller, expect Jones to be a solid nose tackle option and create issues on the interior line of opposing offenses once he settles into the pro game.

    Jones likely falls into the later rounds, but he will be a solid pickup for whichever teams snags him. 

Kwame Geathers: NT

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 342 pounds

    The Georgia Bulldogs were full of defensive line talent this past season and Kwame Geathers was one of the leaders for the team along the line. Matt Miller has Geathers going in the fifth round in his latest mock draft to the Packers.

    Adding a talent like Geathers to the Texans would be a huge pickup for an already-talented defense, and would shore up a front that could use a little extra depth.

    Geathers is huge at 6’5”, 342 pounds, but he moves well enough to disrupt the backfield on passing downs. He will need some technique work once he hits pro camp, but expect Geathers to be a rookie contributor this coming fall.  

Marlon Brown: WR

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 213 pounds

    Marlon Brown is a lengthy receiver at 6’4”, 213 pounds, and he has the ability to be a game-changer at the next level.

    Brown has faced a number of injury issues in the past, but if he could stay healthy at the next level he could become a very good every-down player.

    He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he does have the ability to out-physical defenders. Brown may be a late-round selection, and should be an early contributor. 

     

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