The Georgia Bulldogs had 14 defensive players selected during the previous two NFL Drafts, with three of those potential players selected by the Green Bay Packers.
Brian Gutekunst chose Eric Stokes in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Green Bay Packers He followed this up as the general manager by picking Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
“We’ve kept the G on the helmet,” Gutkunst said after selecting Walker Wyatt on April 28. “Obviously they’ve had a lot of success there in Athens.”
The Bulldogs will once again have plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball this fall. Will this talent make Gutkunst go south? Here are the defensive prospects Packers fans should know about for the upcoming college football season.
Will the Packers pick a Georgia defensive player for the third year in a row?
If they do, Christopher Smith (DB) should be an early favorite in the pot.
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(Note: Jalen Carter and Kelee Ringo are expected to be in the top 10 and are not included in this preview.)
Nolan Smith, Edge
If packers are going to pick the Georgia Bulldog for the third year in a row, early bet should be preferred Smith. The Georgian rusher would likely be a one-day pick or a late first-round pick if he had announced the 2022 NFL Draft.
During his first two seasons on campus, Smith scored five sacks. Last season, Smith scored 56 tackles, nine for losses and 3.5 sacks.
Smith has a quick first step and the speed to win the corner. Even though Smith is petite (235 lbs) he holds his own against running and is strong on the attack point.
“In terms of defense in 2022, Georgia is incredibly fortunate that Smith has decided to come back in order to get his degree,” said Jordan Hill, Georgia writer for Dawgs247. “Smith is a well-known commodity in Georgia defense that is generally lacking this fall (Georgia lost 8 freshmen from the 2021 defense), and his leadership cannot be overstated. What cannot be overstated is the fact that he is 6ft 3 and 235lbs. He boasts excellent passing ability. He will be relied upon as a full-back as a new group of interior-backs find their way onto the field.”
Christopher Smith, S
Smith He finished last season with three interceptions and seven pass deflections. The former track athlete does things similar to the receiver at the pickup point. He exploded exceptionally to close on football.
Smith is a streamlined athlete and shows great range. Smith’s trump card is his ability to cover. He’s not a heavy hitter like his former teammate of the current Minnesota Vikings, Louis Ceni.
“Christopher Smith may not have done the kind of punches that fellow safety, Louis Cine, did when Cine was in Georgia, but he was a proven asset in covering the Bulldogs,” Hill said. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith has allowed a rating of 51.1 passers-by in coverage since 2020, which is the lowest passer-by rating among SEC safety at the time. He’s a capable guy as Georgia’s last line of defense, and I expect him to step up as Georgia finds out who plays the other safe spot this fall.”
Robert Bell Jr., Edge
As part of a talented rotation, Bill He finished last season with 7.5 tackles to lose and 6.5 sacks to lead. Bale finished the season strong, scoring five sacks in his last six games.
Bill isn’t as disoriented as Smith, but he’s more physical and stronger. He has fast, heavy hands and does a good job of turning speed into strength. As a defender, Bale is strong on the attack point and does a good job using his hands to keep him free.
“Robert Bale has quietly been one of Georgia’s most important defenders to finish the 2021 season, going up as soon as Adam Anderson was stopped and ending up leading the team in sacks,” Hill said. “Bale is an experienced outside quarterback who has been somewhat in the shadows of Nolan Smith – a former five-star recruit — but can still produce in a big way. I expect Bale to play a vital role as an outside fullback this fall and make the most of his season. The big one in Georgia.
Tiki Smith, defensive back
NFL teams are always looking for this versatile chess piece and Smith Fits the bill. At West Virginia, Smith played the slot, a role that the versatile defensive linebacker could fill this year for the Bulldog.
Smith was knocked off his first track in Athens due to injuries last fall. Smith missed the first five games of the 2021 season and only made one appearance before suffering a ruptured ACL.
“Tykee Smith is the biggest question mark for Georgia entering the season,” Hill said. Smith was one of West Virginia’s star players and was slowed down by injuries early in 2021 before he ruptured his ACL in October. Smith has been on his way to recovery this spring, so we won’t be able to see what he can bring to the table and if he does a second safety competition until fall camp.”
Prior to moving to Georgia, Smith was a team-maker in West Virginia’s defense. As a freshman in 2019, Smith recorded 50 tackles, 2.5 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and four break assists. In nine games in 2020, Smith recorded 61 tackles, eight for a loss, two interceptions and five pass deflections.