The NFL draft is 15 days away, which also means mock drafts are a hot topic for discussion. On Tuesday, ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper released his latest two-round mock draft that included three former Georgia players. So, who did Kiper select and where does he have them going?
Azeez Ojulari, 1st round, 30th pick: Buffalo Bills
This seems to be the trend for Ojulari in mock drafts: A late first-round pick who will most likely end up on a contender that is looking for some help up front and in need of a player who can set the edge and wreak havoc in the backfield.
Last season, the Bills ranked 15th in the league in sacks per game at 2.3. Drafting a player like Ojulari would be a major piece to help in that area as he stacked up 5.5 sacks last season with Georgia. With an athletic edge rusher who has incredible bend and speed off the line, there couldn't be a more perfect pick to help fill that role.
The Bills already have a very solid all-around defense, so adding Ojulari would be another piece added to an already sustainable defense. If Buffalo were to take him with the 30th pick, he would also be reunited with former college teammate Jake Fromm.
Tyson Campbell, 2nd round, 43rd pick, San Francisco 49ers
Many figured the 49ers would use their first-round pick to help stabilize the secondary until they traded up for the third overall pick in which they will most likely be selecting a quarterback. This leaves their second-round pick to be used on a cornerback and in this case it just so happens to be Campbell.
The 49ers are in desperate need of a lockdown cornerback after allowing Richard Sherman to walk in free agency and Campbell has all of the tools to be that for them.
On paper, Tyson possesses everything that a star cornerback needs to be successful in the NFL. He has speed, length and height, but some question whether or not he has the actual ability to consistently provide that lockdown presence every Sunday. Only time will tell if that is the case, but Campbell did play a major role in Georgia's secondary during his time in Athens and would fill a major void in San Francisco's secondary.
Eric Stokes, 2nd round, 47th pick, Los Angeles Chargers
The cornerback position is one of the biggest questions for the Chargers heading into the 2021 season and Stokes would be a great place to start in efforts to replenish the position. During his Pro Day, Stokes showcased his blazing speed as he posted a 4.25 40 time that ranked second among all players entering the draft.
Stokes also provides impeccable ball skills and proved that last season with four interceptions and four pass deflections. The Chargers ranked 24th in turnovers created in the league, so drafting a player like Stokes would provide major insurance in helping turn that around.
Georgia has had 14 players drafted in the last two years and they are looking to increase that number by a good amount this year. With Ojulari possibly being a first-round pick and players like Stokes and Campbell in the mix for the early second round, the first two draft days are shaping up to be very promising for the former Bulldogs.