With the attrition of talent at UF due to graduation and early defection to the NFL, Georgia should be in the drivers seat for the SEC East title. There’s a lot of talent to be had from the offensive side of the ball besides a number of intriguing prospects on defense.
Last May, in our initial big board for the 2011 NFL Draft we graded UGA receiver A.J. Green below Alabama’s Julio Jones. Boy, were we wrong!
A.J. Green has been described to us as a “1-in-25” player; a prospect that comes along just once every 25 years. While we don’t necessarily agree with that we feel Green has all the makings to be a special receiver. He’s fast, quick and explosive. Green does a great job coming back to the ball out of breaks, extends his hands then making the reception away from his frame. He plays with tremendous quickness, makes some amazing catches in contorted positions and has opposing defensive backs playing back on their heels. He’s graceful, plays with terrific balance and is relatively effective running after the catch. Green knows where he is on the field, shows terrific eye/hand coordination and effectively uses his frame to protect the pass. He will round off routes and tends to float on exit times which is a problem. And while Green fights to make the reception he has a thin frame and loses out in battles. When all is said and done Green is a tremendous playmaking receiver with the skill set necessary to be a number one wide out in the NFL.
UGA has a bevy of blockers to watch.
Clint Boling is a strong, small area blocker and a college tackle that will get consideration at guard in the NFL. Boling bends his knees, blocks with leverage and stays after assignments. He anchors in pass protection, stays square and does enough to ride defenders from their angle of attack on passing downs. He’s not light on his feet and is better off in a small area yet has potential at a number of offensive line spots.
Josh Davis was a player we were high on off the ’08 film and someone we expected big things from last season before he was hit by the injury bug. Davis is a nice sized blocker who displays solid footwork and strength at the point. He has an NFL body and nice upside but must prove he is healthy returning off of shoulder surgery.
Junior Cordy Glenn is a player we really like. Glenn shows a nice degree of awareness, displays power as a run blocker and easily turns defenders off the line. He’s rather nifty and nimble for such a large blocker but must do a better job sinking his butt and bending his knees at the line.
Shaun Chapas is a throwback at the fullback position though he also catches the ball well out of the backfield. Displaying terrific blocking vision, Chapas is very aggressive, chips opponents on his way out of the backfield, protecting the passer or opening holes for ball carriers.
Fred Munzenmaier is also a good fullback, to a lesser degree. Munzenmaier is less of a threat handling the ball yet a strong lead blocker that attacks assignments and always opens the alleyways for the running game.
We really liked Justin Houston early in his college career yet the senior never took his game to the next level. Houston possesses a better-than-average first step off the snap, does a nice job getting his hands up to protect himself and plays with terrific pad level. Fluid moving every direction, he has a quick change of direction and can drop off the line then play in space. Houston really does not have a great closing burst to the action or ball carrier and at times does not give great effort trying to get off blocks. Houston comes with an upside but only has a small window to meet it if he hopes to be a top 100 pick next year.
Brandon Boykin is a solid cover corner that also impacts the game as a kick returner. He makes a lot of athletic plays and shows ability in zone coverage. Boykin does a nice job positioning himself against opponents to make plays on the pass, is quick footed in all direction and physical in all aspects of the game.
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