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2023 NFL Draft makes case for Georgia 2021 ‘No-Name Defense’ as best of modern era

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edited May 2023 in Article commenting
image2023 NFL Draft makes case for Georgia 2021 ‘No-Name Defense’ as best of modern era

ATHENS — The 2021 Georgia “No-Name” Defense can finally rest its case as the greatest of the post-BCS (1998) era.

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    SmartsTheManSmartsTheMan Posts: 1,520 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Kirby Smart is the King of the hill. Period...

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    CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 724 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    "Still, ESPN recently perpetuated the notion the 2021 Georgia defense wasn’t all it was cracked up to be by ranking them 17th-greatest of all-time, a spot ahead of the 2018 Bulldogs’ defense."

    Not so recent, actually. It was back in July 2022. But it's even more ridiculous today than it was then.

    First of all, the writer (Bill Connelly) ranked the '19, '20 and '21 UGA defenses together as No. 17. That makes no sense.

    Second, half the teams ranked ahead of Georgia were pre-1990. Maybe, maybe, you compare the great 1965 Michigan State to modern teams. But the 1939 Tennessee Vols? 1932 USC? Was Bill Connelly around then? Did he have hours of tape of those teams to review? Not to mention, were those teams playing against more than a handful of African-American athletes? And did offenses back then have any juice? C'mon.

    Finally, you have just look at the plain facts.@MikeGriffith Given the competition, the stats, and the talent that showed its value in the draft, 2017 Bama is the only modern defenses that can be talked about in the same breath Georgia's 2021 D. And @MikeGriffith lays out exactly why, in retrospect, the '21 Georgia D probably edges 2017 Alabama.

    I still think Connelly wrote the article just to troll fans who watched the 2021 season -- and not just Georgia fans. He had a contrarian, provocative hot take, and I'm sure it got him a lot of clicks.

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    BrooksieBrooksie Posts: 532 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @MikeGriffith thanks for digging up the details. Great stuff.

    now see how well the offensive line compared to those back to back joe Moore winners at Mich. of course that should be next year as SVPG is playing one more year!!!

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    CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 724 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Depending on how they play, next year's OL could produce as many as four draftees. My way-too-early prediction: SVPG and Amarius within the first two rounds; Truss and Ratledge soon after that -- unless of course one or two or three of them decide to stick around for another year.

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    BigDawg888BigDawg888 Posts: 1,563 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Next year draft picks

    Offense

    Bowers - 1st

    Beck - 2nd

    Ratledge - 3rd

    Truss - 6th

    McKonkey - 6th

    Arian - 4th


    Defense

    Stack - 5th

    Logue - 6th

    Smael - 1st

    Pop - 2nd

    Lassiter - 3rd

    Tykee - 6th


    Also, the 2023 defense will be better than last years but not as good as 2021 because we don't have the interior DL to be that great.

    However, look for the 2024 defense to right up there with 2021 across the board. Will have 10 guys or more on 2024 that will be pros and probably 6 or 7 1st rounders.

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    WR_Dawgs_Fan88WR_Dawgs_Fan88 Posts: 22 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Next Year Van Pran-Granger is likely to be the number one IOL prospect in the draft, and is like to at least be a 2nd round pick, if not a 1st Rounder.

    Also, with a solid 3rd season, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Amarius Mims get picked within the first 2 rounds.

    Plus, with a solid season, and especially if he stays healthy, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Kendall Milton picked up in the 3rd-5th Round of the draft as well.

    Rosemy-Jacksaint could end up being a 5th-7th Round WR that is taken with a solid season too.


    Some have suggested that Sorey is going to be a legit top 50 pick with a breakout year, but he's going to have to find alot of snaps and get on the field alot more for that to happen. He would undoubtedly be one of the best Combine performers, but he has a long ways to go to get there.

    I also think Bullard will be draft eligible as well, and he's likely to get drafted somewhere between the 2nd-4th Round if he has a solid season. If he has another breakout season, and continues to build off his success from last season, he very well could be a late 1st to early 2nd round target with a good combine and proday performance..

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    CandlerParkCandlerPark Posts: 724 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I like your optimistic roundup. But it could be even better than that because you left out Van Pram and Mims, who could both go in the first round.

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