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.

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

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24 responses to “The Flushing

  1. The 2013 recruiting class ended up as a disaster, but that still doesn’t explain some of the performances of the last 2+ years. In particular, one recruiting class isn’t to blame for the last 3 games in Jacksonville.

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  2. TXBaller

    Totally disagree.

    Lets put things into context. 33 signees in 2013. 2-3 contributors. A lot of failures. A lot of departures. At the time of Richt’s traditional undersigning & underperforming roster management, this class accounted for basically 40% of our roster headed into 2013 fall practice.

    This complete failure of a class has resulted in a self imposed “probation type” penalty – not only handcuffing the program then, but continuing even today (what would have been any red shirt seniors).

    Its a miracle UGA football has won 10, 10 & 8 with such a ball and chain wrapped around its leg the past four years!

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    • lakedawg

      Although they did not all contribute at Ga due to injuries are being knuckleheads I can count about 20 of the group that were D-1 FB players. Not are we’re you getting the 2-3??

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    • TXBaller

      A testament to the final 2+ Richt years….NFL no respect for UGA talent or lack thereof.

      Crickets from Philes…..

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      • This comment section is the Georgia Way defined. Wow! All that’s missing is a comment about fire and another about taking the team swimming one day a year. Sadly, I imagine Leeburn saying “he just didn’t have enough fire”. Lmao! Let the beatings continue…

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  3. With Alabama being repeatedly lauded for its production and several NFL Network commentators climbing aboard to praise their alma maters, UT and BC most notably, it was frustrating not hearing anyone from UGA called. But, as you point out, there are bad (2013 class) and good (1, 7, 17, 27, etc. still on campus) sides to that coin. For me, seeing at least three (were there more?) native Georgians (Watson, Ole Miss TE, and Fla LB) all go in the first round stung a little, too. Then there was Garrett Bolles, whom Pittman tried to pull out of JUCO a year ago. Remember reading he and Pittman were close, but admit not knowing if we ever had a legit shot at pulling Bolles out of SLC. Not trying to dredge up the talent eval conundrum; just an observation of first round talent slipping past us. Probably would’ve had a few more personal fouls called, but couldn’t help wondering what difference Bolles at LT last year would’ve made.

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  4. Richt did an overall great job with recruiting but holy smokes did he have some absolutely atrocious classes

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  5. I put no stock in NFL Draft numbers. I would much rather have Chubb & Michel back for us their Senior year than have our draft numbers look good this year. And I don’t care how they make the Draft numbers look next year, I only care about how they help make our won/loss record look next season. Just when I thought I wouldn’t have to hear the infamous 2013 class mentioned again.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      It’s not about draft numbers. It’s what those numbers represent. Teams that put a lot of players in the draft (especially over the course of several years) are typically good teams because players that get drafted are talented. You should want UGA to put players in the draft (especially in the first and second rounds) over and over again because that means there is talent on the field in Athens. As we know, that doesn’t guarantee a 1:1 relationship with wins but it’s the starting point if you want to win championships. (look how many Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State players are in the draft)

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      • I want us to have great recruiting classes and put successful teams on the field. I understand your point, one should lead to the other. I just care about our success on the field more than our success on draft day. But yes, I’ll take both. They both look good to recruits and that’s what counts.

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  6. Brownesman

    This is a positive for us imo. It means the rest of the schools are losing big time players while we are cutting the fat. There’s no question 2013 was an abject failure but thats in the past. It also means we are returning our best players while FL in particular is losing almost all their defensive talent, which has been the only thing keeping them afloat.
    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect big things for next year. The important take away tho is we can’t have another 2013.

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    When you talk about leveling the playing field you are excluding the field in Tuscaloosa, right?

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  8. This draft has killed any argument that Richt left behind a team rich with talent. Period. End of story. No one on our roster would have gone in the first two rounds.

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  9. The Dawg abides

    The ’13 class was definitely a killer. Out of 33 signees, only 13 finished their eligibility at UGA ( with an asterisk by Leonard Floyd). The remnants of that class will finish up this year with 5 RS seniors, 3 of which will be major contributors. The ’14 class didn’t fair much better numbers wise, with just 12 of 21 signees remaining. A larger core of that class have been major contributors with 9 of the 12 being starters.
    Things started ticking up with the ’15 class, but still a full third of that class is no longer here (20 of 30 signees remain). The ’16 class still has 20 of 21 signees, and the ’17 class has only recently lost 1 of its 26. Composite rankings for the last 4 classes averages number 6 ( 8, 5, 8, 3 ).
    This seasons roster currently stands at 39 players recruited by Richt and 46 by Smart.

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  10. PTCDAWG

    Our Sr class was as weak as water. It showed too.

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  11. Did anyone else notice that West Georgia had more people selected in the NFL draft than Georgia? Yes, it’s a one off, but it’s something of a fitting epitaph for Mark Richt’s annual recruiting woes – plenty of substance just never in the right spots and a perennial under developer of on the field talent.

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