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Georgia football recruiting: 2023 NFL Draft shows it takes more than 5-star talent to go early

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edited May 2023 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football recruiting: 2023 NFL Draft shows it takes more than 5-star talent to go early

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep shares another look at the 2023 NFL Draft. Getting rated as a 5-star isn’t always the yellow brick road to shaking Roger Goddell’s hand in the first round.

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    BrooksieBrooksie Posts: 531 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Great stuff Jeff. I know it’s his decision. But Bear Alexander may be traveling that Brenton Cox road. Probably not to the UDFA level, but any NIL will not match the potential top 10 pick he might have been at UGA.

    Look at Jalen Carter. He wasn’t even a starter until his 3rd year. Patience pays.

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    thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @Brooksie

    In fairness, Brenton Cox was headed towards being a 3rd round pick until he went from being a team captain one minute to being kicked off the team "for unspecified reasons" the next. Also, things were going horribly for Brenton Cox in Athens. He was practicing and playing poorly and in the doghouse. Also, Cox always struck me as a 4-3 LDE instead of a 3-4 OLB/edge anyway, and his 4.8 40 time confirmed it, as did how the Gators played him. He essentially played LDE at Florida. So had Cox stayed, he would have just fallen further down the depth chart behind guys like Nolan Smith (4.39), Robert Beal (4.49), Travon Walker (4.5), Mykel Williams, Chaz Chambliss etc. anyway. Not the situation with Alexander at all, as the guy was highly regarded by the coaches and competing for a starting job.

    Alexander wants 2 years as an every-down DL. That way in the 2025 NFL draft, he will be the rare 315 LB DL who can play the run and rush the passer no matter the scheme or technique. That wasn't going to happen at UGA because UGA rotates guys for maximum effectiveness.

    It was just a situation where what was best for UGA's title prospects wasn't best for the individual athlete's draft prospects. Take UGA in 2022 for example. For all the talk about "medical issues" the truth is that Darnell Washington goes higher than the 3rd if he catches more than 28 passes. First round TE Dalton Kincaid TE had 36 in 2021 and 70 in 2022. Kenny McIntosh? Same. A starter with 10 carries per game at 5.6 ypc. Roschon Johnson had 9 a game at 6 ypc as a backup at Texas and went in the 4th. Kearis Jackson? We know from the 2020 offense where JT Daniels got lots of playing time that he was capable of being the leading receiver on a top 10 team. But where he went from 36 catches in 10 games in 2020, in the scheme designed to turn Stetson Bennett IV into a Heisman finalist and 4th round pick Jackson caught 21 passes in 15 games and went undrafted.

    Some guys prefer to sacrifice to win national titles. Some guys prefer the massive guaranteed money rookie contracts that Jermaine Johnson and Justin Fields got by leaving UGA to be 1st round picks. As Bear Alexander got his ring last year, he is aiming for both.

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