The striking thing in comparing Jake Rowe’s summer projection of Georgia’s depth chart on defense to his projection on offense is the relative absence of new contributors expected to make a serious impact this season.
What mention is made of the newcomers is relatively muted. Travon Walker “has a chance to carve out a role for himself”. Jermaine Johnson, who I continue to have high hopes for, is seen as a three-down player, but as part of an OLB ensemble. Nakobe Dean? Well, he’s described, along with Channing Tindall, as “two of Georgia’s most athletic inside linebackers but neither has grasped the defense to this point like Rice and Crowder”. Nolan Smith barely rates a comment.
If there’s an area where one or more of the newbies are seen most positively, it’s in the secondary, where DJ Daniel is pushing Campbell and Tyrique Stevenson has gotten off to a fast start (he’s big, too). Cine has looked good, but there’s simply too much experienced talent ahead of him to crack the two-deep.
I find this somewhat interesting, given the general consensus that Georgia’s offense appears more formidable at present than does its defense. Are folks overestimating one group, or underestimating the other? Or is it simply the case that the 2019 class has some remarkable offensive talent?