Scouting the SEC: Georgia

A splendid campaign in 2002 was capped by an SEC title and victory in the Sugar Bowl. Graduation took a big toll on the roster and a few impact defenders left early for the NFL, yet this program is still full of pro prospects. The Dawgs have three offensive threats on offense that can be effective players at the next level.

Quarterback David Greene could easily be the most underrated signal caller in the nation. A nice sized passer with a major league arm, Greene's poise in the pocket is impressive. Ditto for his wherewithal and field presence. Greene really does a fine job leading the team and for the most part stays away from mistakes. He definitely has top 62-talent when he enters the draft.

Receiver Fred Gibson is a tall, angular pass catcher with a great feel for the position and penchant for getting open. Gibson always works to make himself an available target and consistently finds the soft spot in the defense. He even sneaks it downfield on occasion. All signs point to Gibson entering the draft after the 2003 season, which would add to the already receiver-rich field. Like Greene, he'll be selected in the top two frames.

Tight end Ben Watson will be part of a group that lines up behind Kellen Winslow Jr. as the next best at their position. Watson is a terrific athlete that runs well yet shows good strength blocking at the point. He makes plays downfield as a pass catcher and has always displayed reliable hands. With the graduation of Terrence Edwards, look for Watson to get more involved in the passing game, which will help his draft stock.

Defensively, David Pollack is slated for stardom as he's a relentless pass rusher with great tenacity and football intelligence. Pollack is explosive, fast yet deceptively strong. Rarely off his feet, Pollack makes plays sideline-to-sideline either disrupting the offense in the backfield, chasing down ball carriers, or dropping off the line into pass coverage. He could easily be classified as an "impact defensive player" and if teams are willing to overlook his 6-2 frame, Pollack will be a very early pick when he enters the draft.

Corner Bruce Thorton offers solid cover skills and techniques, constantly displaying the penchant for breaking up throws. His fundamentals are right on as is his head for the football, and opposing signal callers regularly look away from him. Thorton does like to gamble, which at times gets him in trouble, yet has the skill to be a top 60 pick.

The rest of the prospects from this side of the ball are second day selections.

 Ken Veal is quick and explosive but short for tackle and undersized at the point.

Decory Bryant is a tough cover corner that likes to mix it up but does not show the outstanding playing speed.

Safety Kentrell Curry, who could miss the first four weeks of the season with injury, has solid cover skills and the ability to play over slot receivers but is not very physical.

Teammate Sean Jones does a very good job in centerfield and has an aggressive nature to match his size. Jones is one to watch as he could make a big move up charts through his junior campaign.

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