Georgia Football: Power Ranking the 2013 Bulldog NFL Draftees
Before the 2013 NFL draft started, many experts thought the Georgia Bulldogs would be well represented as 12 former Bulldogs could have had their names called at Radio City Music Hall.
That did not happen, but Georgia did have a very strong draft day weekend because eight former Bulldogs were drafted, which ties a school record.
A few of the draftees are expected to be major contributors from the start while the others will work their way onto the roster by putting in a lot of work during training camp.
But out of the eight Bulldog draftees, who will be the best pro player?
Here’s a power ranking list of the eight UGA draftees.
No. 8: CB Sanders Commings
Commings was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round, and he’s a guy that can either play cornerback or safety.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told kcchiefs.com that because of the speed and power Commings possesses, he will be used at both safety and corner, depending on which area needs more help.
Commings is not the quickest corner, and his footwork is not elite. But if he does everything the Chiefs coaches tell him to do as well as stay out of trouble, he will have a very good NFL career.
No. 7: WR Tavarres King
King had a very solid career at Georgia, and as a result John Elway is taking a chance on him.
The Denver Broncos already have an established group of receivers with Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and newly-signed Wes Welker. So in order for King to see any action on the field, he will have to be a key contributor on special teams. If he does that, there is no reason he can't be the fourth of fifth option for Peyton Manning.
No. 6: S Bacarri Rambo
Rambo has had his share of off-the-field issues, but that is all in the past. He now has a chance for a new beginning with the Washington Redskins.
Like Commings, if Rambo keeps his nose clean and works hard during rookie, mini and training camp, he will have a fine NFL career.
Odds are he won’t start at safety right away because Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty are the projected starters, but if Rambo turns out to be the playmaker he was in Athens, he could start as early as the 2014 season.
No. 5: DE Cornelius Washington
There were reports that Washington was upset by being drafted so late. But at the end of the day, Washington has to move on from it because he did get drafted by the Chicago Bears, which could be a good thing in the long run.
Washington was impressive in the combine as well as the pro day, but lack of production on the field was the reason for him being a late-round pick.
The Bears will use Washington as a defensive end in their 4-3 scheme, and head coach Marc Trestman said he has a lot of upside and is an explosive athlete.
No. 4: NT John Jenkins
The New Orleans Saints are looking to rebuild their defense, and Jenkins could be the cornerstone of it for the next decade.
With the addition of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints are moving to a 3-4, and one of the most important things in a 3-4 scheme is having a big nose tackle.
Jenkins fits that description as he is around 350 pounds. If he maintains that weight and shows the coaching staff he can make the same plays he did in Athens, the Saints got a bargain by drafting Jenkins in the third round.
No. 3: S Shawn Williams
Rambo got all the attention, but Williams was just as good of a player, which is the reason he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round.
Williams brings toughness, grit and leadership. Those qualities will fit well with a defense that includes Michael Johnson, James Harrison and former Bulldog Geno Atkins.
Out of all the former Bulldogs, Williams could be walking into the best situation. The Bengals are a young team that is on the rise, and they have a chance to win the AFC North and make a deep run in the playoffs this season.
No. 2: LB Alec Ogletree
The Rams were in desperate need of a linebacker, and they got it with the addition to Ogletree.
Ogletree brings a ton on talent and qualities to the Rams as he can play inside, outside or even strong safety if needed.
The defense for the Rams already has talented players like Chris Long and Robert Quinn, but there are some spots that need to be stronger. And with the addition of Ogletree, the Rams should be a force on defense.
No. 1: OLB Jarvis Jones
There were thoughts that Jones would go the Saints because they needed all the help they could get on defense. But when they passed on him, the Pittsburgh Steelers quickly locked up the outside linebacker.
Jones was a dominant player the two years he played in Athens, and he comes to Pittsburgh to help a group that lost James Harrison.
Jones is not expected to be the next Harrison, but based on the way the Steelers have run their defense the last decade or two, Jones should make a ton of plays. And the Pittsburgh faithful will fall in love with him in a hurry.