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Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL: Who’s on the Chopping Block?


A quick run down on every Georgia Bulldog currently (August 22, 2016) listed on NFL rosters…sorted by division:

AFC East

New York Jets

  • Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Rookie – 4 Total tackles, listed as starter

Buffalo Bills

  • Fernando Velasco, C, 7th Year – 2nd team
  • Cordy Glenn, T, 6th Year – listed as starter

New England Patriots

  • Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Rookie – 4 catches, 55 yards and an injury in debut. Out for several weeks with elbow injury but looking strong.
  • David Andrews, C, 2nd Year – Listed as 2nd team center

Miami Dolphins

  • Reshad Jones, SS, 7th Year – Total boss.

 

AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Shawn Williams, SS, 4th Year – One tackle in preseason, listed as starter at SS.
  • A.J. Green, WR, 5th Year – One of the best receivers in the game. 5 catches for 48 yards in limited preseason action.
  • Geno Atkins, DT, 7th Year – Another monster and staple of this team. One sack in preseason.
  • Michael Bennett, WR – 2nd Year – Deep in a position battle for a roster spot. Of note: bio has the wrong Michael Bennett – not a great sign.
  • Clint Boling, G, 6th Year – Starter at LG.
Yeah, that's not the white - I mean right - Michael Bennett.

Yeah, that’s not the white – I mean right – Michael Bennett.

 

Baltimore Ravens

  • Ben Watson, TE, 45th Year – Listed as starter at TE

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Jarvis Jones, OLB, 4th Year – Listed as starter at ROLB.

Cleveland Browns

  • None. Though Isaiah Crowell is listed as the starter at RB.

 

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

  • Ben Jones, C, 5th Year – Starter at center.
  • Amarlo Herrera, LB, 2nd Year – Herrera just arrived after getting cut by the Colts (where he appeared in 3 games as a rookie). He’s not on the depth chart, but that’s probably just a timing thing.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Abry Jones, DT, 4th Year – Jones went undrafted in 2013, but has appeared in 39 career games and made two starts. He’s listed as 2nd on the depth chart.

Houston Texans

  • Corey Moore, DB, 2nd Year – 6 total tackles in two preseason games, listed 3rd on the FS depth chart.
  • Akeem Dent, ILB, 6th Year – 4 tackles in preseason play, listed 2nd on the depth chart.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Starling Bailey, DE, Rookie – Totally forgot about this guy. but he’s logged 4 tackles in preseason play and listed as second on the depth chart at LDE.

 

AFC West

Denver Broncos

  • None.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Ramik Wilson, ILB, 2nd Year – Wilson has logged 6 tackles this preseason and is listed 2nd on the depth chart.
  • Justin Houston, OLB, 6th Year – Preseason is for suckers not named Justin Houston.
  • Aaron Murray, QB, 3rd Year – Murray is in a fight for a job with the addition of Nick Foles, but he’s 8 of 154 passing for 110 yards. 3 Fumbles (one lost) in week 2 won’t help, though.
  • Chris Conley, WR, 2nd Year – Conley is competing for a starting spot.

San Diego Chargers

  • None.

Oakland Raiders

  • None.

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

  • None.

Washington Redskins

  • Keith Marshall, RB, Rookie – Not a great start for the 7th round pick. Marshall has 15 carries for 25 yards. He got plenty of shots last week though (10 carries, 26 yards, long of 10). He’s also added three catches for just seven yards. Practice Squad might be the best hope, but he is currently listed as 3rd on the depth chart so who knows?
  • Kedric Golston, NT, 11th Year – Listed as starter.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • None.

New York Giants

  • Tavarres King, WR, 3rd Year – King has one catch for eight yards. He’s listed as third team at the WR1 spot which puts him in contention for a roster spot.

 

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

  • None.

Detroit Lions

  • Matthew Stafford, QB, 8th Year – Stafford will be the starter in Detroit; you heard it here first.
  • Orson Charles, TE, 4th Year – Insane that Charles hasn’t caught on more securely. But he’s showin’ up in Detroit – six catches for 55 yards. Injuries to guys in front of him have him in position to make the team.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Jake Ganus, LB, Rookie – Ganus has logged three tackles in preseason play and the Vikings are undefeated so he might be the key to that. He’s listed third as his position and should at least get a spot on the Practice Squad.
  • Blair Walsh, K, 5th year – Walsh is 2/3 on FG this preseason. He’s the starter and only Kicker listed on the depth chart.
  • Toby Johnson, DT, 1st year – Listed fourth on the depth chart and struggling for PT.

Chicago Bears

  • Cornelius Washington, DE, 4th year – 3 tackles and a sack in week one.
  • Leonard Floyd, OLB, Rookie – 4 total tackles in preseason play and half a sack.
  • Brandon Boykin, DB, 5th year – He’s in Chi-town now, apparently.

 

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

  • Chris Mayes, DT, Rookie – Listed 4th on the depth chart.
  • Arthur Lynch, TE, 2nd Year? – Really would have pegged Lynch as a solid NFL TE. Alas, he’s been on several rosters (Dolphins, Jets, Broncos, Falcons) and yet to make headway on a roster. No catches this preseason.

Carolina Panthers

  • Charles Johnson, DE, 10th Year – 1 tackle this preseason, starter at LDE.
  • Ray Drew, DE, 2nd Year – Fourth at his position with no logged stats.
  • Thomas Davis, OLB, 12th year – 2 tackles this preseason, starter at WLB.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • None.

New Orleans Saints

  • John Jenkins, DT, 4th Year – 2nd on the depth chart.
  • Damian Swann, CB, 2nd Year – 1 Preseason tackle, third on depth chart, battling concussion issues.
  • Dannell Ellerbe, LB, 8th Year – 6 tackles in last week’s preseason game, listed as starter.

 

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

  • Drew Butler, P, 4th year – Starter at punter position, he’s licking well.

San Francisco 49ers

  • John Theus, OT, Rookie – Listed 3rd on the depth chart. Will at least garner Practice Squad time.
  • Garrison Smith, DT, 2nd year – 7 tackles and one sack in strong preseason play, he’s listed as 3rd on the depth chart but has a real shot this year.

Seattle Seahawks

  • DeAngelo Tyson, DE, 4th Year – A utility d-lineman, Tyson should make the roster.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Todd Gurley, RB, 2nd year – Best RB in the game?
  • Alec Ogletree, OLB, 4th year – Locked-in starter at OLB.

 

 

There you have it. That’s the crew. Nearly 50 damn good Dawgs. I’ll check in later in the preseason with an update.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia Football: Dawgs Need to Adopt the LSU In-State Recruiting Model


(Post-publish edit: I cherrypicked data for simplicity because I have a day job, but am hoping to make a part 2 about what Georgia can do to change this later.) 

Despite the recent struggles and Les Miles drama, LSU has consistently been the second-best recruiting program in the country over the Alabama Death Star Dynasty Era. Why have they been able to do this, despite HEAVY coaching turmoil, a slipping defense, and an offense that puts out top-flight NFL talent but struggles at the collegiate level?

They absolutely DOMINATE the state of Louisiana.

Of their current 22 commits (in potentially the first class ever to consist of 20 4 and 5-star talents), a whopping 16 are from the gumbo state. Given the lack of power conference competition in-state, it makes sense. They have border rivals in Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas, and of course always have Alabama lurking for the cream of the crop, but they have been able to lock down the state in a way Georgia hasn’t.

I’m not going to ignore the fact that Georgia has more ‘local’ recruiting rivals. Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, and to a lesser extent Florida State, Tennessee, and South Carolina likely have their primary focus on the Peach State. And the metro Atlanta area is imminently more transient than anywhere in Louisiana– many high school players (not researching these numbers) relocate to Georgia over the course of their lives and don’t feel the pull to stay at home.

It still begs the question, though: why isn’t Georgia keeping more of these guys at home, where a drive from metro Atlanta to Athens for parents is a 90-minute drive?

We all recall the ‘Georgia Dream Team’ from the 2011 recruiting class, which can now be classified as a failure. The fact is, Georgia could build an even stronger recruiting and gameday force if they could keep even half of the state’s top 25 at home. DeShaun Watson and Cam Newton come to mind. But just going back to 2013, you see:

2013: 0 of the top 7, including Robert Nkemdiche, Carl Lawson, and Montravious Adams. #8 was Tray Matthews, so Georgia essentially was shut out of the top 10. Of the top 15, Georgia had one on campus for more than one year: Brice Ramsey.

2014: 3 of the top 5: Carter, Chubb, Parrish. But famously coming in late on Watson indirectly cost Mark Richt his job. Raekwon McMillan is a future first-round pick at Ohio State. And the Dawgs were shut out on players 6-15, losing three each to South Carolina and Auburn, and two more to Clemson.

2015: Richt’s strongest effort in recent memory. 5 of the top 10, including Trent Thompson, Roquan Smith, and Terry Godwin, among others. The losses of Taj Griffin and Clemson’s day-1 starting LT, Mitch Hyatt, though, sting.

2016: Currently, Georgia is shut entirely out of the top seven, with enrolled DT Julian Rochester the highest-ranked Georgia commit.

To compare to LSU:

2013: 8 of the top 15, 7 of the top 8. Sweet Jesus.

2014: 8 of the top 15, 5 of the top 10, and a guy named Leonard Fournette.

2015: 9 of the top 15, including the top three.

2016: 10 of the top 15, including ALL EIGHT current commits ranked in the top 10.

Over the past 3 1/2 recruiting classes, LSU has secured commits from 35 of its state’s top 60 players. Georgia? 17, with the likelihood that they’ll add 1-3 more next week. 

All told, LSU has struggled on gamedays due to scheme and being just slightly less Alabama than Alabama. Given Georgia’s recent struggles, we’re in the same boat except with lesser talent. If the Dawgs are to successfully challenge Alabama (which, given the Smart hire, they intend to do), they need to fence the state.

The 2013 class, of which Georgia has zero top-15 contributors, could have been an early sign of Mark Richt’s demise. The 2014 failure to bring in a QB, namely Watson, was the death knell.

There may be a followup to this, but the simple fact is this: LSU is crushing recruiting in-state, and is a schematic adjustment away from being the LSU juggernaut of the past 10 years. Georgia is getting killed by local rivals, and needs to shift its focus to keeping its top players (in the top per-capita state for collegiate talent) at home.

 

 

 

DudeYouPodcast 145: Interview with ESPN’s Max Tyler


Got the opportunity to chat with Max Tyler of ESPN specifically about his piece on Tennessee football and the Abernathy brothers, and about race in the SEC in general. This was recorded last Wednesday, prior to the activism of the Mizzou football team, give it a listen.

Read Max’s piece here.

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DudeYouPodcast 138: Spurrier Gone


A very special mid-week pod with a friend of the pod Brandi Mills and a joint farewell to the Ol Ball Coach. Recorded on Tuesday, posted this morning for your listening pleasure.

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DudeYouPodcast 136: UGA Week Six Preview


UGA heads to Knoxville this weekend, so we talked about hate, football, and ending coaches jobs. Oh, and because we’re us, there’s an extended discussion on Matt Barnes. Cause. Yanno.

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