Daily Archives: April 29, 2017

The Flushing

Okay, the news from the NFL draft hasn’t exactly been great so far, if you’re a Georgia fan.

Alabama had nine players drafted in the first three rounds.

The SEC had eleven players drafted in the first round.

Where was Georgia in all of this?  Welp,

Sorry I asked.

You don’t have to try too hard to take see silver lining framing that dark cloud, though. As Seth Emerson noted the other day, this is essentially the end product from the disastrous 2013 class.

First, there are the players that are gone.

There are also other players who could be drafted who started their careers at Georgia:

Safety-outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemson, who started almost every game as a sophomore in 2013, then was dismissed from the team. He ended up at Louisville.

Cornerback Brendan Langley left the team after losing his starting spot during the 2014 season. Langley ended up at Lamar, an FCS program, and has a chance of hearing his name called on Saturday.

Then there’s the controversial Jonathan Taylor, whose career at Georgia was derailed by his 2014 domestic violence arrest. He ended up at Alabama, where he was also accused of domestic violence, then landed at a Division II school. Taylor almost certainly would be drafted somewhere if it weren’t for his track record, but someone may take a flyer anyway.

Then, there are the players who could have gone, but stayed.

Star tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel stunned many by returning for their senior years. While they weren’t guaranteed to be high draft picks, they would have been picked. The same probably goes for outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy, and safety Dominick Sanders.

That’s five players who would have pushed Georgia’s draft number much higher this year, with several potentially going in the high rounds.

Bottom line, as bad as things went in 2013, the classes that followed are generally of high quality and the vast majority of those signees are still on campus.  Meanwhile, there’s a lot of conference talent that is in the process of departing.  The end result is a leveling of the playing field between the Dawgs and the rest of the conference, at least from a talent standpoint.  Now comes the rest of what’s needed to succeed, I hope.


UPDATE:  The SEC finished with 53 players drafted.  Georgia had one.



Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.

All the talk we hear about zone vs. man blocking, line splits, physique, and yet it’s thoughts like this that make you consider how a position coach can get the most out of his offensive linemen.

Maybe that’s something else that’s been affected by having three line coaches in the last three seasons.  Just sayin’.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“Oh yeah, I’ll be here.”

Welcome to Phase 3 of Georgia’s football preseason.

Spring practice is over, but the preparation for the 2017 football campaign is only just beginning.

“The key for preseason camp is how we manage our Phase 3, which is Maymester, final exams, workouts this summer, that’s the next step for us,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “Can we get bigger, stronger, faster? Can we outwork the teams we’re going to play from now until fall camp?”

Not hearing a lot of free time in there.

Off-season? Not really.

NCAA rules now allow a maximum of eight hours of mandatory workouts for players for eight weeks of the summer. Coaches are allowed to watch conditioning sessions and meet with players for up to two hours each week, although any on-the-field work with footballs remains prohibited.

But Smart wants his players to strive for much more than just what is simply required.

“There’s so much you can do without coaches out there,” Smart said. “Go out there, do it, get better, and that’s what we’re challenging those guys to do. Go out there and take the leadership role. Jacob (Eason), Jake (Fromm), let’s keep getting better and let’s keep moving forward because I do think we got better this spring.”

Good thing it’s not a job.  I’d hate to think these guys were being forced to do things instead of enjoying themselves after the regular school year ends just like their fellow students can.


Filed under Georgia Football

Save us, Obi Wan Emmert. You’re our only hope.

Showing its usual thoughtfulness, the NCAA uses the backdrop of the NFL draft to remind its student-athlete football players that the NFL, statistically speaking, is a pipe dream.

Now, math is math, so I’m not about to argue the stats there.  Just wondering, though — what do you think the percentage of highly rated recruits who get told by college coaches that their program can get them to the next level is?  You can sure bet it’s higher than 1.5%.  Which means, outside of a select few like Saban and Meyer, most are lying sacks of shit.

Maybe the NCAA ought to tweet about that.


Filed under The NCAA