Georgia's Defense Filled With Future NFL Stars

Kevin C. Cox

The University of Georgia may have finished the season ranked 5th in the country, behind BCS National Champion Alabama, but their defense is chock full of future NFL stars.

Look at the players on the Georgia Bulldogs' defense and you have to wonder how anyone scored on them last season. From the defensive line to the safety position, and definitely in between, there are guys who are among the best at their positions in the entire country headed into the 2013 NFL Draft.

Two Bulldogs are in the top three of outside linebackers in the draft. Jarvis Jones (1st) and Alec Ogletree (3rd). While both are pretty much the same size, Jarvis looked good at the NFL Scouting Combine while Alec's was not nearly as impressive. Jones is 6'2" and 245 pounds, and Ogletree is 6'3" and 242 pounds.

Free safety Bacarri Rambo and Strong Safety Shawn Williams are both ranked 4th overall at their respective positions. Also similar in size, Rambo has the perfect name but the attitude to go along with it, dealing with multiple suspensions due to off-the-field issues. Williams was the faster of the two, and is a physical player, hits hard but also comes with the pass coverage issues that most strong safeties have.

Defensive Tackle John Jenkins is the 7th ranked player at his position. At 6'4" and 346 pounds, he is built to stuff the run at the NFL level. He may only be best suited for the nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme and limited as a two-down player, but he could be a valuable addition to the middle of any NFL defensive line.

Not even listed in the top ten at his position, DE Cornelius Washington (15th) projects to be more of a linebacker at the pro level. All Washington has done at the Combine is lead all linebackers in the 225 pound bench press, with 36 reps, seven more than the next closest player.

His 4.55 seconds 40-yard dash was the second fastest at the position, although Washington is 30 pounds heavier than the guy who finished first at LB in the dash. At 6'4" and 265 pounds, his athleticism is undeniable and while he may not have the same body of work on the field as the aforementioned guys, he could move to this new position and excel at the next level.

Cornelius notwithstanding, the Bulldogs have six players ranked in the top ten of their respective positions by NFL Draft Scout. Four more, including Washington, are in the top 20 of their positions. Of those ten, eight of them are from the defensive side of the ball.

Knowing the Baltimore Ravens penchant to draft players from the SEC, which is largely regarded as turning out the most NFL-ready players, it might be good to get to know these guys, as one or more could end up having their names called when the Ravens are on the clock in April's draft and be wearing purple this fall.

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