With the confetti barely swept from the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when Georgia football beat Alabama to win the 2021 national championship, the entire college football world has already turned its attention to the upcoming NFL Draft. 2022 in Vegas.
The draft begins April 28, so there’s a lot of work to do beforehand, but that hasn’t stopped the NFL Draft experts from continuing to produce mock drafts.
Even though the NFL season is entering its most exciting phase and the Senior Bowl, Shrine game and Combine have yet to happen, fake drafts continue to surface.
However, these mock drafts are being eagerly devoured by NFL and college football fans eager to find out where their favorite players will be playing their pro football on Sundays.
Georgia football has several players who are likely to be drafted, but where will the big names land?
As 2021 national champions and with a defense as strong as we may have ever seen in college play, there’s no doubt Georgia players will be in high demand in this year’s NFL Draft.
How many requests? Pundits seem to agree that at least three Bulldogs will be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, although as discussed later in this article, that could go as high as five or six first rounds.
While ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. fake drafts remain a popular source of debate for fans, it seems a good idea to consider the opinions of other NFL Draft analysts to see if there’s consensus or consensus. disparity in expert opinions, even at this early stage. .
Opinions from Kiper Jr., NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler and Pro Football Network’s Oliver Hodgkinson are factored in as we look at potential first-round NFL Draft selections. Georgia football.
However, fictional drafts should be cautioned by stating the key assumptions under which they are published. With the NFL playoffs underway, only picks 1-24 are currently decided, with last-round picks still up for grabs.
Second, some key events such as the Senior Bowl, Shrine Game and NFL Combine have yet to happen – these are key events for NFL scouts and coaching staff to assess and confirm their early thoughts on players. . Not to mention the NFL days that colleges host at their schools where they invite scouts, coaches and general managers to see their work.
Where do the pundits predict the Bulldogs will go in the first round?
One of the stars likely to go in the first round is inside linebacker Nakobe Dean.
Unsurprisingly, Dean has ties with teams in a rebuilding phase of their defense. With Dean’s dominating displays in the championship hunt, it’s no surprise he’s high on the lists of NFL teams with defensive issues.
Kiper has Dean first on the board, going to the Broncos with the ninth pick. With the Broncos having traded Von Miller to the Rams, they have a chance to make a fundamental change to the roster this year. Dean would add leadership, high football intelligence and incredible athleticism to this Broncos team.
Both Jeremiah and Hodgkinson have Dallas selected Dean, which is a good choice considering the defensive frailties Dallas has suffered recently. Brugler thinks the New England Patriots need Dean’s services more than others. The Cowboys and Patriots need to fix the defensive side of the ball, with both teams’ seasons ending prematurely with underperforming defensive units.
Incidentally, ESPN’s Todd McShay, who released a first-ever draft sim in December, took Dean first off the board as the seventh pick to play his football in New York with the Giants.
Then there’s Jordan Davis, who had a significant impact on the college football landscape. Besides his physical size, Davis has proven he has the talents to match his size and will be at the top of the list of NFL teams looking to rebuild their defense or improve their current talents.
Kiper selects Davis to play in Los Angeles for the Chargers at No. 17, while Jeremiah plays him in New England for the Patriots at No. 21. As previously stated, the Patriots are a team in desperate need of improvement. his defence.
Brugler knocks Davis down to the No. 23 pick where the Arizona Cardinals select the big man. Given Davis’ career and the demand for his defensive skills in the NFL, it would be surprising to see him still so low.
Likewise, the Ravens, who have the No. 14 pick, are a team now in defensive rebuilding mode and would be a good pick, which PFN’s Hodgkinson points out.
Given the defensive issues highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff loss to the 49ers, it’s obvious that rebuilding his defense will be a priority for Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy or whoever is in charge of it. the team in April.
Travon Walker is an asset to any team that selects him in the NFL Draft, but the Cowboys are where Kiper thinks he’ll land.
Whether Walker drops all the way to the No. 24 pick is up for debate because Jeremiah has Walker off the board at No. 13 and playing his football in Cleveland. Brugler picks Walker at No. 14 for the Ravens, where defense will be John Harbaugh’s priority in Baltimore.
Hodgkinson thinks Tampa is a likely landing spot for Walker as the Bucs’ Super Bowl-winning team begins to unravel.
These are the three names that all appear in the first round on the four fictional drafts we refer to.
So, would other teams select players from the Georgia football team in the first round of the NFL Draft?
Everything will depend on who else is on the board and, more importantly, the order in which the final round picks fall. Jeremiah is currently predicting Quay Walker to the Titans at the No. 28 pick and Devonte Wyatt playing football in the frozen tundra with the Packers at the No. 32 pick.
Although these are two subjective choices, there is no doubt that it shows how highly regarded this Georgian football defense is. Both of these players, but especially Walker, will fit easily into the NFL and add value from day one, so they could easily be first-round picks.
Lewis Cine is one player who embodied the spirit of the Georgia Bulldogs this year. In doing so, Cine rose to become one of the top safeties in this year’s draft class — enough to become a first-round pick? Hodgkinson predicts the Eagles will pick the Electric Cine with at No. 16 to play his football in Philadelphia.
While many more players from this generational defense will be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, five first-round players would be a fantastic endorsement of the defense that head coach Kirby Smart has built. With the talent discussed here, the NFL will have a new class of Georgia Bulldogs playing Sunday football for many seasons to come.