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Georgia football projected to set first-round pace in NFL draft in back-to-back years

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edited December 2022 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football projected to set first-round pace in NFL draft in back-to-back years

ATHENS — Georgia accentuated the biggest talent reload in college football history with a perfect 13-0 mark through the SEC Championship Game.

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  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    So, BA's vlog got pulled?

  • CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Wait a second: Is Van Pran expected to leave? I thought he'd improve his draft position by coming back next year and winning the Rimington Award.

  • thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    While it would be neat for Washington and McIntosh to put up big numbers to boost their draft status, I don't think that gives UGA the best chance to win. Ohio State is likely going to stake the game on covering Brock Bowers one-on-one with Josh Proctor, so UGA will be obligated to exploit that matchup. And Michigan has the nation's #2 rushing defense (4 ypg behind #1 UGA) so going back to the Oregon game plan of using McIntosh as a receiver out of the backfield with Washington blocking for him downfield pseudo-screen style makes a lot more sense than trying to get him 150 yards rushing.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,564 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    THe 1st series against LSU we tried to establish the run and they were prepared to stop it, theystoned us, so the next series we went to the pass to set up the run and it worked to perfection. We have to keep being aggressive. Test the waters for the run, but don't get locked in on it. Keep um guessing.

  • thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    Unless you are running the option - not the RPO as a wrinkle in your offense but the spread option, veer or wishbone full time - you aren't going to establish the run without the vertical or deep sideline threat in the passing game. If teams know that you aren't going to consistently hit either the long ball or the tough intermediate passes that can eat up 25 yards at a time (where you can also take it the distance if the DB plays it wrong and the WR outruns him) then they aren't going to do safety help over the top or to defend the sidelines. They are going to put those safeties in the box, even if normally they are a zone defense team, and the result will be a numerical advantage on running plays. So, it is best to avoid the box - go around it - which UGA does with passes to the TE and RBs, reverses and other things that puts the defense on their heels. Then UGA is able to run the ball some, but even then only about 5 yards per carry. Michigan, by contrast, got 6 ypc with Blake Corum and 7.5 ypc with Donovan Edwards. And in 2017 UGA had 6 ypc with Nick Chubb, 7.6 ypc with D'Andre Swift and 8 ypc with Sony Michel. In 2018, Swift and Holyfield had 6.4 ypc with even Brian Herrien getting 5.9.

    So you will have to wait till next season for UGA to go back to being able to impose their will in the running game. It isn't Monken's offense, because in his season with the Browns, Chubb had 1500 yards at 5 ypc (of course ypc are much lower against NFL defenses ... only 2 NFL RBs have more than 5 ypc and they are both backups).

  • CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Good point on McIntosh as a receiver vs Michigan (a la Oregon). On the other hand, Ohio State doesn't have particularly great rushing offense, so I'd think that we'll establish the running game on them. Of course, you never know which of our top three backs will have the big day, so it won't necessarily be K-Mac.

    Small thing: Michigan's actually #3 in rushing defense -- 8.2 yards behind UGA (https://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/24)

  • WoodstockDawgWoodstockDawg Posts: 248 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    I understand what you are saying, but I think draft experts are looking at a lot more than rushing/passing numbers to improve draft stock (unlike most college awards) so Washington and McIntosh getting modest numbers (which help diversify our offense) along with their blocking ability improve their draft status more. I believe NFL teams look for more of the total package. Washington as a great blocker as well as a receiver threat and McIntosh as a blocker, rusher, and receiver out of the backfield. All of that also opens up Bowers for great things as well as our other receivers.

    We may be saying the same thing😉

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