Scouting the SEC: Georgia
Possibly no Bulldog holds as
much upside potential for the next level as tight end Leonard Pope.
An outstanding pass catcher, Pope effortlessly moves his large frame down
the field, consistently making plays into the secondary and creating mismatches.
Displaying good eye/hand coordination, he makes the difficult catch in a
crowd then carries defenders several yards running after the reception.
To his credit Pope blocks with solid fundamentals yet lacks playing
strength and rarely gets movement from run blocks. Pope offers tremendous size and will be a first round
selection if he leaves for the NFL after this season.
The Bulldogs have as many as six offensive linemen who could be drafted
over the course of the next two years. Max Jean-Gilles is an athletic blocker with outstanding size.
Quick off the snap, he displays power, turning defenders off the ball or
annihilating linebackers on the second level.
A narrow based blocker, Jean-Gilles lacks the killer instinct and seems
poorly conditioned. Spending time
at both tackle and guard in college, Jean-Gilles will move into the draft's
initial 45 selections with a good senior campaign followed by solid pre-draft
workouts. Junior tackle Daniel Inman is another king-sized blocker with terrific upside for the next level.
Rarely giving an inch, Inman turns opponents off the ball and opens holes
for the running game. Not a natural knee bender, he lacks adjustment and ability
off the line of scrimmage. As he
physically matures Inman will turn into one of the better strong side tackle
prospects in the nation. Dennis Roland is the team's weak side tackle and another king-sized lineman.
A huge specimen, he plays with a good degree of intelligence and controls
opponents once engaged at the point of attack.
A size prospect, he will get the middle round consideration next April.
Junior guard Nick Jones is an explosive blocker who displays skill
in motion. Effective with his
hands, Jones works hard throughout the action yet must improve his playing
balance as well as strength but possesses upside for the next level.
Senior center Russ Tanner is an effective position blocker on the
pivot and a smart lineman but a late round draft choice.
Finally junior tackle Ken Shackleford controls opponents at the
point or engulfs defenders altogether. Lacking
top balance, he is haphazard on the field.
Presently Shackleford sits on the second team due to the depth of
Georgia's offensive line.
Defensively, Georgia offers
plenty of mid-to-late round choices. Junior end Quentin Moses showed
terrific pass rush skills last year and is a good future prospect.
Darrius Swain is a huge defensive tackle that could make a big march
up draft boards with a big senior campaign. Kedric Golston is a quick
interior lineman who slides off blocks and displays a burst of closing speed.
Golston is best in a straight line and will be handled by blockers.
Gerald Anderson is an athletic lineman who defeats blocks on his
way to the action while also displaying skills in space yet is indecisive and
struggles moving laterally. Will Thompson returns for a sixth season and the speedy edge rusher is tough to
knock off his feet. Fluid moving
laterally he lacks playing strength and as a result is handled at the point by
single blocker. In the backfield
safety Greg Blue is a hard-hitting run defender who can deliver the
knockout blow. Possessing a
terrific burst of straight-line speed, Blue flashes on the scene yet possesses
marginal ball skills and to this point is a one-dimensional run stuffer.
Cornerback Tim Jennings is an undersized cover man who plays with
excellent techniques and a head for the ball.
Working well with safeties, Jennings has an excellent break on the throw
as well as solid ball skills. Out
positioned by larger receivers, he gives top effort yet is physically beaten at
the point of attack. Jennings
should be effective as a nickel cover in his zone system. DeMario Minter
offers good size/speed numbers and could move into the middle rounds should he
produce as a starter this year.
Georgia Prospect List