This is how you brand.

Kirby Smart doesn’t need Waffle House to recruit.  He doesn’t mug wearing 404 hats.

What he does do is point to the NFL Draft, which has the potential to be a pretty special occasion for Georgia, starting tonight.

… All told fifteen Bulldogs are draft eligible. The record for most Red and Black players selected in the modern draft era is eight, a feat accomplished in 2002 and 2013.

Breaking that record would be a PR win for a staff that’s billed itself as able to turn top high school talent into top NFL talent. One could argue that it’s essential that this class has a great showing. It’s the second class of Kirby Smart recruits in the draft, but arguably the first class of recruits really fully recruited and developed by this staff.

If in fact all goes well, the Bulldog coaches will be releasing graphics and tweets over the course of the next few days ostensibly to congratulate the former ‘Dawgs. But those are really a message to the future ‘Dawgs watching.

Gosh, that could be bigger than Virtual G-Day for recruiting.

Okay, let’s have a little fun.  Give me your over/under on the number of Dawgs who go in the first round tonight and the over/under on the total number who get drafted.  Then tell us on a scale of one to ten how much bragging Georgia will be doing about it to recruits over the next month.

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21 responses to “This is how you brand.

  1. 1.5 first-round picks. (Over… but just barely) as I think Wilson sneaks into the first round while Swift falls to the second.

    8 players drafted:
    Thomas
    Wilson
    Swift
    Fromm
    Reed
    Rod
    Cager
    Kindley

    Undrafted, but signed:
    Crowder
    Woerner
    Herrien
    Simmons

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      But you’ve got a good list. I think Tyler Clark has a shot as a late round pick or at least a free agent. Not sure Simmons or Wolf get signed anywhere.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    First round: 1 Total drafted: 6.

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  3. Dawgs drafted in the first round – 1.5 (over with Thomas and Swift)

    Dawgs drafted total – 8.5 (under w/2 above plus Wilson, Kindley, Fromm, Reed, Blankenship, and Herrien)

    Amount of social media hype this weekend as a result – here’s my guess:

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  4. ugafidelis

    Under – 7
    Bragging – 10 (would happen either way lol)

    I was just talking to a friend about this. I think there’s a big reason we picked up Riley R, J Cook, and now the younger Jeudy. Their brothers have told them Kirby can get them to the league, and the won’t spend their college years in their brother’s shadows.

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  5. Russ2

    Herrian could be a heck of a pickup for any NFL team . Very versatile, and great hands. A DGD 2 . GO DAWGS!

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  6. The other Doug

    Thomas 1st
    Swift 1st – I think he sneaks in.

    Wilson
    Swift
    Fromm
    Reed
    Rod
    Kindley
    Herrien – I think he gets drafted. Everyone needs a solid RB and he has proven himself.

    My bubble guy is Cager. He was good when he was healthy, but that might not be enough.

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  7. Derek

    Over/under on 1st rounders is 1.5. I’d go under – Thomas

    Over under on overall picks is 7.5. I’d lay off. One or 2 of cager, clark and Rodrigo gets picked. Impossible to say which. We’ll land at 7 or 8. 9 is possible but doubtful.

    Bragging scale on 1 to 10: 10.

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  8. Rocketdawg

    Two first rounders tonight: A. Thomas and D.Swift
    Second Round: Fromm and I. Wilson
    Third Round: None
    Fourth Round: Kindley and JR Reed
    Fifth Round: Hot Rod
    Sixth Round: None
    Seventh Round: Tyler Clark and Brian Herrian

    9 total drafted. Record broken. A good showing for the Dawgs.

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Eight:

    Thomas (1st round)
    Swift
    Wilson
    Reed
    Kindley
    Eason
    Fromm
    Rodrigo

    Coach Luke can take some credit for Coatney and Benito Jones.

    No doubt we’ll sell it, but LSU, Alabama, and Auburn will also have strong, if not stronger 2020 drafts. Life in the SEC.

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  10. Thatguy

    1st round 2.5 – Thomas, Swift, mebbe Wilson.
    Overall – 11 – there’s going to be some Herriens and Woerners of the world picked up to be special teamers at the start of their careers.
    Bragging rights – 10. Easy.

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  11. FlyingPeakDawg

    Yes this IS how you brand your own identity. Iyou remember the shark, not the sucker fish attached to them.

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  12. 7-9 taken, 2 in first round. Thomas and Wilson taken in first. LSU and Bama will have 3-4 first round and 10-12 each total. Bama still dominates NFL draft every year.

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  13. Two Oline in 1st Rd is pretty awesome. Then I think of our disaster of offense and have a big sad

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