What happens when your top underclassmen leave early for the NFL? You find yourself in the situation Georgia Tech will be in this season; a returning conference champion hoping to make a bowl game. Tech had two players selected in the first round of last year’s draft. Next April the first Yellow Jacket drafted won’t be chosen until the late rounds.
Anthony Allen takes over the full time running back duties now that Jonathan Dwyer is trying to land a roster spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like his former teammate, Allen shows good strength in his running with the ability to break the first tackle and pick up a lot yardage off initial contact. He gets out front as a lead blocker and shows a good amount of power in his overall game. More of a straight-line runner, Allen will be a good fit for a power running offense at the next level, just like Dwyer.
Tech’s option quarterback, Josh Nesbitt, is being considered for a number of positions by NFL scouts, none of which are signal caller. Nesbitt is a solid athlete with good arm strength yet a passer with poor accuracy. He shows a lot of toughness carrying the ball and will be given an opportunity at running back or receiver.
Brad Jefferson is a tough, interior run stuffer who displays a good degree of stoutness at the point. He comes with an upside.
Cornerback Mario Butler displays a good amount of discipline in his game and also offers an upside. Quick up the field to defend screens or running plays, he has a physical game and will bump receivers throughout the action. Butler shows solid ball skills, can flip his hips off the line and has a nice break to the throw.
Anthony Egbuniwe is a solid college pass rusher that displays speed off the edge. Playing with good pad level, Egbuniwe uses his hands well and shows a variety of moves getting off blocks yet lacks bulk and is easily controlled at the point by single blocker.
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