Pro Football Focus cites offensive line as Georgia’s biggest recruiting need, which just proves you don’t need an analytics website to know something about Georgia football, but it’s the explanation that drives home how strong that need really is.
The Georgia offensive line had just two players finish 2016 with even an average grade, in center Brandon Kublanow and guard Lamont Gaillard. With Kublanow graduating, the Georgia offensive line loses its best player, and someone who allowed just one sack and six pressures in 2016. It’s of even bigger importance in the running game, where Nick Chubb returns for his senior season, and could use as much help as possible to give him free runs and linebackers and defensive backs. Chubb forced 39 missed tackles on 223 carries last year, and will be looking to build on that in 2017.
I’m not trying to be ugly here about a good kid, but Kublanow as the Dawgs’ best offensive lineman last year is all you really need to know about the kind of hill Sam Pittman’s climbing.