Georgia Position Preview: Defensive Line

Georgia football is always deep on the defensive line and that won't change in 2021.
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Having a deep defensive line has become a Georgia football tradition under head coach Kirby Smart. 

Year after year, the Bulldogs are able to rotate two, sometimes even three guys at each position. The 2021 season isn't going to be any different as Georgia is as deep as ever on the defensive line. 

Defensive End Depth Chart

  • Travon Walker, junior
  • Jalen Carter, sophomore
  • Tramel Walthour, junior

Defensive Tackle Depth Chart

  • Devonte Wyatt, senior
  • Jalen Carter, sophomore
  • Warren Brinson, sophomore
  • Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins, freshman

Nose Guard Depth Chart

  • Jordan Davis, senior
  • Nazir Stackhouse, sophomore
  • Julian Rochester* 

*Rochester tore his ACL against Kentucky during the 2020 season  and is questionable for 2021. 

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Walker is the only new starter on Georgia's line. He's been a force off the bench since his freshman year, so he should be ready for a starring role. Walker adds a more consistent pass rush from defensive end than his two predecessors.

Wyatt is one of the more underrated players in the SEC, which is why he's using his free year of eligibility rather than head to the NFL. Wyatt is tough to block, particularly in the running game. However, it's not unusual to see him pressure quarterbacks.

Davis's return was a huge, pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs as he was already arguably the best interior defensive lineman in the SEC. Davis eats up blocks, opening up space for his teammates to make tackles. Davis is working on improving as a pass rusher. Having three defensive linemen that can shed pass blocks will make Georgia's defensive line a scary unit.

Carter is the "fourth man" on the defensive line. He will regularly sub in for Walker and Wyatt throughout the year. Carter is coming off an impressive freshman campaign, and expect him to start building on that year with a solid spring.

Stackhouse and Ingram-Dawkins is a battle to watch going forward. Those two are competing to not just back up Davis this season, but for the starting nose-guard job in 2022. Both are massive, powerful athletes with the talent to anchor Georgia's defensive line for years to come.

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