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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock compares Georgia RB Sony Michel to Saints RB Alvin Kamara.

Mayock notes that Michel (5'11/208) has similar size to Kamara, and that both players have the ability to make tacklers miss with their shiftiness, but also run with a toughness. The only thing he questions about the comparison is whether or not he can be as effective as Kamara in the pass game. Kamara was a revelation in 2017; arguably the most impressive rookie in the NFL when you combine his impact in special teams, running the football and the pass game. If a team can get a player like that in Michel, that team will be jumping for joy for a long time.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 8:33 PM

Georgia WR coach James Coley was awarded a $400,000 raise.

Coley earned $450,000 in 2017, a mark which will move to $850,000 for 2018. This was the second-largest raise earned by a Georgia coach for the upcoming year, with only DC Mel Tucker drawing a higher bump. Tucker saw his salary jet from $600,000 to $1.5 million in this most recent round of raises for the assistant coaching pool in Athens. Texas A&M showed interest in Coley as a potential offensive coordinating candidate early in December, but he (obviously) opted to stick with the Dawgs despite Jimbo Fisher's overtures.
Source: Dawg Nation
Feb 17 - 4:41 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom believes that Georgia RB Nick Chubb's lack of a complete game hurts his pro upside.

Nystrom is plenty keen on Chubb's strength and physicality, never a question with the 5-foot-10, 228-pounder. Beyond that plus-attribute, though, the analyst questions Chubb's durability, speed and running style, noting that the back looks "a little stiff when asked to go outside of his comfort zone." An AFC scouting director who recently spoke with NFL.com would probably give this breakdown his stamp of approval, as that evaluator believes that Chubb simply has not been the same player since suffering a severe knee injury against Tennessee midway through the 2015 season.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 17 - 4:34 PM

Georgia DC Mel Tucker has been awarded a $900,000 raise.

Tucker made $600,000 for the 2017 season. He'll be buying a few extra Christmas presents next winter, as he's now set to make $1.5 million in 2018. For reference's sake, only four assistants made at least $1.5 million for the past year -- LSU DC Dave Aranda, LSU then-OC Matt Canada (who moved on to Maryland earlier this winter), Texas A&M then-DC John Chavis (now with Arkansas) and Clemson DC Brent Venables.
Source: Dawg Nation
Feb 17 - 2:27 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom believes that Georgia RB Sony Michel "will be a better pro than he was in college."

While Michel's quickness and burst through the hole are much ballyhooed, Nystrom likes an underrated aspect of his game that should help him to handle the rigors of NFL play -- that of the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder's strength. Writes the analyst, "He really came on at the end of his career, in large part because he added muscle without losing speed or quickness. He no longer can be taken down with arm tackles." Michel is Nystrom's third-favorite back in this class, trailing only Saquon Barkley and Ronald Jones. The Georgia standout is going to be in play for a Round 1 selection. If he doesn't get swept off the board on the first day, we don't expect him to be waiting around long on the second.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 17 - 1:22 PM

Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy lists Georgia as the team that signed the best offensive line class in 2018.

Georgia's class is loaded essentially everywhere, but it's especially impressive in offensive lineman. "The haul was headlined by No. 1 guard Jamaree Salyer, but landing Rivals100 tackle Cade Mayes, a lifelong Tennessee fan that grew up in the same state as his favorite college, was even more impressive," Cassidy writes. "UGA landed five offensive linemen in total, but the sheer strength of the top prospects landed it in the No. 1 spot." Don't be surprised if a few of these names get a chance to play in 2018.
Source: Rivals
Feb 16 - 6:21 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Georgia freshman CB Tyson Campbell to Stanford CB Quenton Meeks.

"Two big, strong corners with physicality. Meeks was a less-heralded prospect out of high school than this current five-star," Luginbill notes, "but reached his physical upside, which we project Campbell will do." The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder slotted into the final release of the ESPN 300 at a lofty No. 9 in the 2018 class. Luginbill does not believe that there will be much of a learning curve for the stud corner prospect once he settles in with the Bulldogs. The analyst likes Campbell to compete for playing time as a true freshman.
Feb 15 - 5:23 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Georgia freshman WR Tommy Bush to Iowa State WR Allen Lazard.

"Their size, straight-line speed and movements along with big-catch ability are very similar," Luginbill writes of his comp. At 6-foot-5, 191 pounds, Bush comes equipped with a frame that could allow him to develop into a red zone monster in Athens. Not only does Bush possess desirable size, he also has the speed to work as a true downfield threat.
Feb 15 - 3:25 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Georgia LB Roquan Smith "could drop a little later in the first round than most anticipate."

"His deficiencies in coverage, especially when manned up against running backs or tight ends, are a concern for teams," Pauline writes. While the analyst tends to agree with this assessment, he does offer a counterweight in noting that the 6-foot, 203-pounder is "terrific" in zone coverage. Even if Smith does end up sliding by degrees, he's a lock for Day 1 come the spring and it's not out of the question that he could come off the board within the first 10 selections.
Feb 14 - 4:50 PM

One AFC scouting director does not see "special" when watching Georgia RB Nick Chubb following his horrible leg injury in 2015.

"I thought he was special before he tore up his knee," the ranking personnel member added. Chubb is extremely solid and created 20-plus yard runs thanks to his acceleration and balance on contact, unlike many others who were given outstanding blocking. Expect Chubb to be selected in the round three through five range.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 10:28 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes the 2018 LB class might be one of the best "we've ever seen."

Per Zierlein, the linebacker class offers "outstanding early round talent and enough depth at the position to find quality starters in the middle rounds." The top names include the likes of Roquan Smith out of Georgia, Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech and Rashaan Evans out of Alabama. We wonder if this perceived depth will play into teams' thought process if clubs are interested in the early first round names at the position. We would throw out BYU's Fred Warner as a day three name to watch.
Feb 13 - 9:20 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that he "can't say enough" about Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter.

Pauline notes that most of the attention goes to Carter's teammate Roquan Smith, but that Carter is a quality prospect in his own right. "Carter lacks the quickness of Smith but is a better pass rusher, plays with more force and is also effective in space," Pauline writes. He also notes that Carter's 40-yard dash and 10-yard split will be closely monitored, as it takes the 6-foot-5, 234-pound linebacker some time to get going.
Feb 12 - 3:29 PM

Georgia RB Sony Michel fumbles the ball every 54.6 times he touches the football, per a list compiled by Dane Brugler.

The average for a prospect is one fumble every 124.5 touches, so Michel's qualifies as a potential red flag. Other popular names who fit the "red flag" tier include Akrum Wadley (67.4) and Kalen Ballage (66.5). The opposite end of the spectrum includes Ronald Jones (207.7) and Saquon Barkley (193.3).
Feb 12 - 9:43 AM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren ranked Georgia OL coach Sam Pittman the third best recruiter in the 2018 season.

Pittman ranks only behind fellow Georgia coach Dell McGee and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on VanHaaren's list. The Bulldogs had the best recruiting class in the country by virtually pundit, and in large part that comes from Pittman's efforts to bring in top offensive lineman. "This Georgia recruiting class is full of top prospects, especially along the offensive line," Van Haaren writes. "Pittman played a big part in the Dawgs landing the No. 1 recruiting class, helping with Hill as well as ESPN 300 prospects Jamaree Salyer (offensive guard), Cade Mays (offensive tackle) and Warren Ericson (offensive guard)."
Source: ESPN
Feb 10 - 9:41 PM

The Ringer's Shaker Samman believes that Georgia HC Kirby Smart is the new "king" of college football recruiting.

It's tough to disagree with Samman's proclamation. After a strong class in 2017, Smart's group in 2018 is considered by most recruiting services to be the best in the nation. He also already has four five-star prospects committed for the 2019 class, so we could be looking at back-to-back recruiting "championships" for Smart. Samman summarizes it well: "Considering the star-studded class that’s about to arrive in Athens, it’s a safe bet that the Dawgs will remain in College Football Playoff contention for many years to come,"
Source: The Ringer
Feb 10 - 5:29 PM


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