First-round ratings: NFL Draft Landing Spots for former Georgia football stars

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Breaking NFL Draft records is nothing new for Kirby Smart, in fact, for the third straight year he will eclipse his own record at the University of Georgia for most players selected in a draft. Although Thursday night’s record, the most players drafted from a defense in the first round (5), is a record that stood 18 years in the draft.

With five selections in a single draft, the Bulldogs’ 2022 NFL Draft class surpasses the 2006 Florida State Seminoles and 2004 Miami Hurricanes who previously held the record with four first-round selections.

So, there’s a lot of grading to do here when it comes to adjustments for each former Bulldog.

1. Travon Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars – (A+)

One of the main reasons the Jaguars chose Walker over Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson was due to the scheme fit and versatility that Walker offers. Jacksonville runs a true 3-4 defense, very similar to what Georgia runs, and in which Walker is extremely vital. A player like Walker who can play anywhere from a technical 3 to a wide 9 is invaluable in a system like the Jags and given that Walker will have time to fully blossom, it’s a perfect match.

13. Jordan Davis, Philadelphia Eagles – (A)

The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t shy about spending assets and dollars on their defensive front, and they did just that on Thursday night by trading to land Jordan Davis. His pairing alongside veteran All-Pro Fletcher Cox will allow Davis to learn from one of the game’s best as well as a familiar Georgia Football face in former Philly staff defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. .

22. Quay Walker, Green Bay Packers – (A+)

Quay Walker is immediately the starting inside linebacker at Green Bay. It was a desperate position for the Packers even more than a receiver despite not having drafted one in the first round since 2002. Walker will pair well in a system that includes play-based defense with a box lighter to block the pass. , something Walker will excel at given the covering ability he showed in college.

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28. Devonte Wyatt, Green Bay Packers – (F)

Just as the Packers need versatile and athletic linebackers, they also need the same for inside defensive linemen. If you look at their roster, Devonte Wyatt is the identical mold to what they saw pro bowl success in Kenny Clark. At 6’3, 315 pounds, Devonte Wyatt and Kenny Clark could be doubles and their playing styles match up as well. Wyatt will have plenty of one-on-one opportunities in this defense, which he will excel at.

32. Lewis Cine, Minnesota Vikings – (A+)

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell is known as a 3-4 coordinator, but given the landscape of professional football, he also has a core staff that reflects a front four and five defensive backs. Sound familiar? Because it’s the same ideology as Kirby Smart in Georgia. Cine is also used to playing both box safety, boundary safety and field safety in Georgia, so there’s little question about what he can and can’t do. .

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