Spring Lessons: Defensive ends

Georgia spring practice concluded with its annual G-Day game last Saturday. Here is a look at the defensive ends:

David Pollack might be the best player in the SEC. He takes up the attention of opposing defenses so much so that Will Thompson could be virtually ignored next season. Thompson got a lot of work this spring and he needed it. After dealing with an injury from 2003, he did not seem rusty. However, he did tussle with Daniel Inman at the G-Day game in April.

Defensive line is Georgia's deepest and most talented overall position, so much so that Robert Geathers left Georgia to go to the NFL. As is turns out Geathers made a good move; he was drafted in the 4th round. He would not have started at Georgia.

Thompson and Pollack are the top two players at the position but Quentin Moses would start at any other school in the SEC. Moses will back up Thompson in the fall. Pollack's back up, Marcus Jackson, had a good enough spring to remove any doubt about his potential. Jackson won't get a ton of playing time behind Pollack but he can be called upon if needed. Jackson needed to step up production this spring and according to Mark Richt he did.

Richard Cook redshirted last season and is largest defensive end right now. Cook is buried, however, behind Pollack and Jackson in the depth chart.

Keys to this position:

Pollack could be a top 10 draft pick next spring and Thompson won't be that far behind him. Opposing teams now have to deal with Thompson, too. That's not something that they had to deal with last season. Pollack will still get the double teams but now the opposition will have to worry about another end coming at the quarterback. There are only so many offensive linemen to go around.

Depth chart shuffle:

There was no significant movement in the defensive end depth chart in the spring of 2004.

2004 Prediction:

Pollack will be the player of the year in the SEC if his buddy David Greene doesn't throw for a million yards. Thompson will draft higher than most think. Moses will develop into the leader of the young defensive ends, which include two prize prospects from the class of 2004.

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