The 2011 season came fully equipped with a heated seat for Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt. After opening the season with back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina, things didn’t look good for the Dawgs or for Richt. However, Georgia rebounded and won 10 straight on their way to an SEC East championship.
The Bulldogs made the turnaround by buckling down defensively and settling into second-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defensive scheme. UGA also had plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, and Georgia expects to have several players names called in April’s NFL Draft.
Here is an early look at draft projections and scouting reports for draft-eligible Georgia Bulldogs.
(Rankings courtesy of CBS Sports)
Cordy Glenn- #26 Overall, #2 OG
Cordy Glenn is a massive guard prospect who surprisingly gets into the second-level quickly at 6-6 346 lbs. He looks like a guy you’d see defending the blind side, but he’s not very light on his feet at close to 350 llbs. Glenn is big and powerful and he’ll be a physically imposing interior lineman that a lot of teams would be happy to have.
Grade: Late First-Early Second Round
Orson Charles- #55 Overall, #3 TE
Charles is an athletic and versatile tight end who can line up all over the field at the next level. As a tight end he can stretch the seam, and he can also use his large frame on the outside as a split-end. He’s an underrated blocker, but he’s not as physically imposing as tight ends like Rob Gronkowski or Jason Witten.
Grade: Second Round
Brandon Boykin- #63 Overall, #8 CB
Boykin is a smaller corner who plays much larger than his listed size because of his outstanding leaping ability and his tremendous burst. He closes the gap well and he also could provide a lift in the return game. Durability is a question mark, though.
Grade: Second Round
Ben Jones- #65 Overall, #2 C
Ben Jones is almost exactly what you’d picture if you were trying to put together the prototypical center. He recognizes defenses quickly and makes his line calls accordingly and he’s got a great burst off the ball. He doesn’t have superb lateral mobility, but he’s got a nastiness about him, especially when he gets into the second-level.
Grade: Second-Third Round
Drew Butler- #2 Punter, Blair Walsh- #1 Kicker
No offense to specialists, because they are unbelievably critical, but it seems stupid to waste two separate evaluations on kickers. Both Butler and Walsh have huge legs and have had solid collegiate careers, but taking a kicker with a draft pick is a dangerous proposition with so many talented players available as UFA’s. However, both these guys have a good shot at being selected.
Grades: Sixth Round-UFA
DeAngelo Tyson- #304 Overall, #23 DT
Tyson is another guy who size-wise may be able to play the five-tech or the three-tech, although he may be athletically limited to a three-technique guy. He’s got long arms and fends off blockers well, but he has limited value as a pass rusher.
Grade: Sixth Round-UFA