While Georgia was able to retain most of their upperclassmen talent for next season, they inevitably lost a few players to the NFL Draft. Today, we take a look at where they might end up and which teams could land them.
Azeez Ojulari, DE
Projection: Round 1, 28th Overall Baltimore Ravens
In recent weeks Azeez has been climbing in mock drafts, and for a good reason. Teams will be getting an absolute stud in Ojulari, as he is one of the best and most under-the-radar edge rushers in this draft class. He has the best bend in the class and gets off the edge in a variety of ways. PFF, NBC Sports, The Draft Network, and others have him in the middle of the first round, and with an explosive combine, he could creep into the top-10.
The Baltimore Ravens play stand up edge rushers, something that Ojulari is comfortable with and could make a seamless transition into.
Eric Stokes, CB
Projection: Round 2, 33rd Overall Jacksonville Jaguars
Stokes has seen his draft position fluctuate in many mocks this season. There are a few that have him in the first round but the consensus from scouts is that they want to see how fast he runs in the 40-yard dash and how well he flips his hips at the NFL Combine. While Stokes doesn't have great ball skills, he is a fantastic bump-and-run corner who could become one of the better man corners in the league after some development in the right organization.
Since trading both their all-pro corners, Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville needs corner help desperately.
Tyson Campbell, CB
Projection: Round 2, 64th Overall Kansas City Chiefs
Campbell is another player whose combine will make or break their draft position. Mobility is everything with cornerbacks, but Campbell should be one of the faster runners at the combine. In recent weeks he has received first-round grades from PFF and the Athletic. Campbell has fantastic ball skills and is comfortable in both man and zone. He can get picked on by elite revivers at times, but with the proper teaching should work some bad habits out of his system and continue his success at the next level.
The Kansas City Chiefs continuously seem to have a great player fall into their lap every year. Tyson Campbell falling to the back end of round two would be a perfect example of that.
Richard LeCounte, S
Projection: Round 3, 68th Overall Atlanta Falcons
LeCounte is going to make whoever drafts him happy, no matter where he is selected. He has been doubted throughout his career because of his size, but his knowledge of the game and understanding of tackling angles will make him successful at the next level. He does so many things well at safety, with the only real question being if he can play a center field role. He likely will start in closer to the line of scrimmage and then develop into a well-rounded starting caliber safety as his career progresses.
The Falcons need defensive back help desperately, and despite Keanu Neal showing promise early in his career, he's been consistently banged up, it seems during his time in the NFL.
Ben Cleveland, OG
Projections: Round 4, 101st Overall Cleveland Browns
Cleveland is going to light the world on fire at the NFL Combine come this spring. He stands 6-6 and will weigh in around 340 lbs. There have been reports that they had to stop him at 45 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press at Georgia. The Combine record? 49 reps. In addition, he is expected to run an extremely fast forty yard-dash for a player his size. He is great in the straight line and would be a great addition to a power run game that emphasizes winning between the tackles.
Whoever drafts Cleveland will need to be a downhill, run-heavy football team, and Cleveland has been exactly that under head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Malik Herring, DE
Projection: Round 6, 168th overall Dallas Cowboys
Herring came into the year high on a few scouts' draft boards but due to a lack of stat sheet numbers, saw his stock fall. Herring has actually put together a solid season for the Bulldogs, and unfortunately, sometimes the box score doesn't verify the on-field result. He possesses good physical traits, a solid athletic profile, and according to multiple mock drafts, could develop into a rotational defensive lineman early on.
The Cowboys need as much defensive line help as possible heading into next season, and adding a quality football player like Malik Herring is more than worth a late-round gamble.
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