You can read the article for the numbers, but here's the sentence that struck me:
Offensive lineman Clint Boling is the Bulldogs’ most draftable senior, according to Detillier, who thinks Boling is a late fourth or early fifth-round pick.The biggest problems, though, have been on defense, where we haven't had a player taken in the first two rounds since Tim Jennings in 2006.
Buck Belue was talking about this issue, going forward at least, the other day:
Let me be as honest as I can be about the Georgia defense. We had 9 guys out there that wouldn't be starting at Auburn, LSU or Bama. Only Houston and Boykin are capable of starting elsewhere. Wonder when Grantham realized that?I don't know how much stock I put into Richard Samuel as a starting linebacker next year, since he hasn't cracked the depth chart at all this year. But, then, I had the same concerns last year, when Aaron Murray didn't beat Joe Cox out for the starting job, and look how that turned out.
The personnel should be better in 2011, with Jarvis Jones, Richard Samuel, and Alec Ogletree plugged in. But it's the D-Line that has me concerned looking ahead. Who are the impact dudes; like Auburn's Fairley. Don't see any.
The bottom line is that we're going to have to find impact players for every level of the defense, and particularly in the middle of the defense. If Buck says we've got that covered next year at linebacker and safety, I'll allow myself some cautious optimism, though I think Jones is an outside linebacker - a position more crucial in the 3-4.
But destructive nose tackles ... you don't usually just pluck one of those off a high school football field.