In case you didn’t know, today is the deadline for collegiate juniors to declare for this year’s NFL draft. Georgia has a few kids on the bubble.
Roquan Smith is, of course, the biggest name on the list. Word is that he’s genuinely torn about his decision. As a Dawg fan, I am certainly gratified that he’s considering staying for his senior season; as a normal human being, though, all I can think is that if he’s being advised he’s a legitimate first-rounder, he would be crazy not to leave. Life goes on and he can certainly come back and get his degree, so turning down the big bucks and risking not seeing that chance again… well, like I said, if he were my kid, I know what I’d be telling him to do.
The other big question is Deandre Baker, who was Georgia’s most consistent player in pass coverage this season. I’m not sure where he projects (certainly he won’t go as high in the draft as Smith), but if he goes, he’ll be a sizeable loss.
Smart and Tucker are in the hunt for some big cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class. Rachad Wildgoose’s decision to de-commit (damn, I’m gonna miss that name) would seem to be an indication that they’re likely to land at least one of them. If Baker goes, they’re certainly going to need to.