Scouting the SEC - Georgia

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Georgia just missed out on the national title last season, losing to conference foe Alabama in the championship game. While I expect them to be in the hunt this season, I think they will once again fall a bit short. Unlike this past April, I see no top-10 draft-eligible talent on the depth chart.

Several scouts have stamped Deandre Baker with an early first-round grade, but I’m a little cool on the corner. Baker is a terrific athlete who physically beats down pass catchers to defend the throw, but he’s under six feet tall and really struggles making plays with his back to the ball. On film, Baker rarely gets his head around to locate the pass and constantly faceguards, which is going to be a problem at the next level.

Conversely, I believe Jonathan Ledbetter is underrated and offers top-45 potential.

Ledbetter is a terrific athlete at 275 pounds, plays with speed as well as explosion and constantly forces the action. He can rush the passer and make plays in pursuit and does a solid job stopping the run. Ledbetter needs to add bulk and improve his playing strength but has upside.

I think junior safety J.R. Reed has star potential if he continues to develop his game.

Reed is an explosive run defender who fires up the field and forces the action. He displays excellent range in center field and takes proper angles to the action. While he lacks elite ball skills, Reed is not a liability in coverage and remains disciplined with assignments and shows a terrific closing burst.

NFL Prospects from Georgia

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

Number

Yr

3.98

1-2

Deandre Baker

CB

18

4Sr

3.91

2nd

J.R. Reed

S

20

4Jr

3.90

2nd

Jonathan Ledbetter

DE

13

4Sr

3.86

2nd

D'Andre Walker

OLB

15

4Sr

3.41

5th

Mecole Hardman

WR

4

3Jr

3.38

5-6

Riley Ridley

WR

8

3Jr

3.33

6th

Natrez Patrick

ILB

6

4Sr

3.32

6th

Terry Godwin

WR

5

4Sr

3.00

FA

Isaac Nauta

TE

18

3Jr

3.00

FA

Tyler Clark

DT

52

3Jr

2.90

FA

Charlie Woerner

TE

89

3Jr

2.85

FA

Kendall Baker

G

65

5Sr

2.84

FA

Lamont Gaillard

C

53

5Sr