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Georgia signed four-star G Ben Cleveland.

Cleveland was committed to Georgia for quite some time, making his preferred destination known in the summer of 2014. Scout.com's Dean Legge wrote of the 6-foot-7, 314-pounder, "Cleveland could probably excel in the future at guard, but if he can somehow get more bend and wiggle he could move on out to right tackle." Legge also referred to the big man as a potential "right tackle of the future in the program." He cautions that the Toccoa, Georgia, native isn't as polished as you might normally see from a Georgia signee and will need a touch of technical polish before he's ready to truly burst onto the scene.
Source: scout.com
Feb 11 - 8:30 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter posits that recent failures of edge rushers similar in profile to Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd may hamper the prospect's draft standing.

The NFL likes rangy, lean pass-rushing prospects, but that type has always been a hit or miss proposition. "For every Clay Matthews, Manny Lawson, and Julian Peterson, there is a Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo," Reuter wrote. "Unfortunately for Floyd, the latter two were the more recent selections, leading scouts to wonder if Floyd has the strength and flexibility to consistently hassle quarterbacks on Sundays." Floyd didn't help his own case by posting only 3.5 sacks last year (he posted 6.5 and 6 the two years before that). "There's certainly nothing wrong with Floyd's 'want-to,' and his ability to blow through gaps and around the corner when in pass-rush mode are impressive," Reuter wrote. "As an early entrant, he has time to add onto his frame in a pro strength and conditioning program. He deserves to be an early-round pick, but how early will depend on teams' willingness to project another 20 pounds onto his frame."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 6:05 PM

Georgia freshman LB Roquan Smith underwent surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left wrist.

In a statement, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said, "[Smith] will not participate in spring football practice. A full recovery is anticipated and he expected to fully participate in summer workouts and have no limitations when fall practice begins." This past season, the 6-foot, 203-pound freshman appeared in 12 games, working mostly special teams duty. He finished the 2015 campaign with 20 tackles. The Telegraph's Jason Butt reports that Smith injured his left wrist against Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. While he should be healthy come August, a lack of spring reps could hurt him in competition for a starting job.
Feb 6 - 12:24 PM

Georgia HC Kirby Smart said of five-star QB Jacob Eason, "The pressure's not on Jacob, the pressure's on me. I'm the first-year head coach."

Eason was originally a Georgia commitment under HC Mark Richt, but then Richt was fired, leaving the 6-foot-5, 207-pound signal-caller to question whether he should stick to his word. He did, ultimately. Now Smart's trying to ratchet expectations down. Said the former Alabama DC during his National Signing Day press conference, "We don't want him coming in thinking that he's gotta win this job." Smart added, "To say that it all falls on Jacob -- I don't think that's the case. I would rather take that burden myself." There are many combinations of words that Smart could have used to illustrate his point, but expectations for five-star QB Eason figure to run rampant in the coming months regardless of what he says. Especially given the state of Georgia's quarterback play last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 1:23 PM

Four-star DT Michail Carter signed with Georgia.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pounder is the No. 55 prospect in the ESPN 300. "Carter is a big prospect with the size and strength to continue to build upon for the next level of competition," the site noted. "With increased quickness and hand play, he will only continue to climb the board on the recruiting trail." Carter was one of the few prospects who spurned Alabama and its No. 1 class on Signing Day. "I like them," Carter told Dawgs247 earlier this month. "It is close to home, so my family can come see me play." With Sterling Bailey, Josh Dawson, James DeLoach and Chris Mayes having graduated, Carter should be able to earn immediate playing time for new HC Kirby Smart.
Feb 3 - 7:06 PM

Four-star ATH Mecole Hardman Jr. signed with Georgia.

Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Alabama and Clemson were all in the mix here, but Georgia was the favorite for Hardman heading into the day and that held to form. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder's the definition of "athlete," doing just about everything under the sun for Elbert County High School. To whit, he's a four-year starter at quarterback who rushed for 2,000 yards last season. And his best position fit with the Bulldogs might be corner. So yeah, he's an athlete.
Source: scout.com
Feb 3 - 12:44 PM

Four-star DE Chauncey Manac committed to Georgia in September.

Manac committed with Mark Richt still on board as head coach. The Homerville, Georgia, native has stuck by his word even with Richt out of the picture. Scout.com notes that the 6-foot-3, 245-pound lineman "could get a look as a stand-up linebacker due to his size, athleticism, and speed on the field." They rank him at No. 151 in the country and caution that, as larger offensive linemen can sometimes swallow the future Bulldog, he needs to continue to work on holding his ground and maintaining leverage.
Source: scout.com
Feb 1 - 11:03 PM

Four-star ATH Charlie Woerner committed to Georgia in July.

Woerner--the mythical, position-less "athlete"--received interest from usual suspects Alabama, Clemson and Michigan before he opted for a verbal commitment with Georgia. He's stuck by that commitment even with the coaching transition from Mark Richt to Kirby Smart two months ago. While the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder out of Rabun County High School in Tiger, Georgia, served as a do-it-all play-maker on offense at the lower level, Scout.com and ESPN 300 both have him as a likely tight end in college. Scout ranks him as the No. 42 recruit in the country, while ESPN's slightly more conservative and places him 102nd.
Source: scout.com
Jan 31 - 4:02 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang cautioned that Georgia OT John Theus' "athletic limitations were exposed a bit this week [during Senior Bowl practices]."

While Theus has impressive measurements to his name--he tips the scale at 6-foot-6, 303 pounds--Rang noted several issues in the lead up to the Senior Bowl. Among them, the former Bulldog "simply doesn't have ideal fluidity to handle speed rushers and he can get walked into the backfield by bull rushers when he allows his pad level to rise." He believes a switch to right tackle will be necessary at the NFL level. The four-year starter met with the Houston Texans earlier this week.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 30 - 3:05 PM

Georgia edge rusher Jordan Jenkins is having an "identity crisis during Senior Bowl week," according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

"Jenkins profiles as a power or bull rusher, but I repeatedly saw the Georgia product attempt to win with fancy footwork and counter moves," Norris wrote. "It did not work." NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein predicted late in the season that Jenkins would land on Day 2. "He's physical and tough. He can play potentially the strong side or the weakside 3-4 outside position," said Zierlein. "He's no worse than an early third-rounder, probably a second-rounder." Zierlein compared Jenkins to former Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 28 - 6:15 PM

Georgia LB Jake Ganus will play in the Senior Bowl.

Ganus always hoped to play in the Senior Bowl, but assumed he'd be wearing UAB's helmet for it. When that program folded, Ganus bolted to the Bulldogs for his senior season. "It's been wild," Ganus said. Ganus, a four-year starter at the two colleges, led the Blazers in tackles in 2013 and 2014 and then led the Bulldogs this past season with 102 tackles. "Someone saw something in me and let me come here and compete against some of the best players in the country, so I'm excited," Ganus said. "It's something I've wanted for a long time. I was really hoping for it. It's a great opportunity to get in front of these scouts and show them what they can do. ... Just show them that I can play at this level, that I deserve a chance and do everything I can to move up some draft boards and make a team fall in love."
Source: AL.com
Jan 28 - 3:30 PM

Incoming Georgia QB Jacob Eason has "the best chance to be this year’s Josh Rosen," according to ESPN's Travis Haney.

"From seeing Eason at the Elite 11 competition last summer in Oregon, the 6-6, 217-pounder most certainly has the physical tools to play immediately. Counselors at the camp and coaches believe he can mentally make the jump as well," Haney wrote. "And there’s an obvious need, with Georgia searching for a QB and a new staff keen on a quick start to establish momentum in recruiting and in the SEC." Eason threw for 3,585 passing yards and 43 touchdowns this past year as a high school senior. Eason has drawn comparisons to former Bulldog great Matthew Stafford. "Eason is RecruitingNation’s No. 1-rated pocket passer, and he’ll have the best chance to be this year’s Josh Rosen: plenty of promising moments while learning and taking a few lumps along the way," Haney wrote.
Jan 27 - 5:09 PM

Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell earned solid reviews from the first day of Senior Bowl practice.

Mitchell displayed "polished routes, burst and natural catching with hands," according to Kevin Weidl, but the Scouts Inc. evaluator was not alone in praising Mitchell's first day. The former top recruit had an up and down career at Georgia, being pulled between offense and defense before suffering a knee injury.
Jan 27 - 10:43 AM

Georgia OT John Theus met with the Houston Texans.

The 6-foot-6, 303-pound longtime Bulldog starter is a former five-star recruit. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a sixth-rounder in August but wrote in October that Theus' draft stock was rising. We should know more about that after this week.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 2:37 PM

Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Prokicker.com ranked Theus as the No. 1 long snapper in 2010. He also earned a two-star rating from Rivals, which is impressive given his specialized role. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder's fulfilled that promise over the course of his career with Georgia. In addition to his consistent work on the football field, he also landed on the Director of Athletics Honor Roll thrice.
Jan 17 - 7:53 PM


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