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    INDIANAPOLIS Brian Herrien was explaining earlier this week how Kirby Smart held a combine-like workout last spring to give players an idea how they stacked up. On Thursday and Friday at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center, it was the real thing for 10 Bulldogs. Projected first-round Georgia picks D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas held their own in key drill work, and Herrien and redshirt sophomore Isiah Wilson posted some eye-opening numbers. Swift ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash a tenth of a second off the 4.39 ran by Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor on Friday. D'Andre Swift vs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel Who will have the best NFL career when all is said and done? pic.twitter.com/yOhGKokeVj PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 29, 2020 But Swift's time was a tick better than the 4.52 and 4.54 times run by former UGA stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at the 2018 combine, which qualifies him as plenty fast enough when one considers his unique cutting abilities. Former Georgia running back Keith Marshall holds the mark for fastest 40 time run at the NFL draft, turning a 4.31-second time in 2016. Todd Gurley ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, and last year Elijah Holyfield ran a 4.78. Thomas ran the fourth-fastest 3-cone drill among the offensive linemen and 6th fastest 20-yard shuttle, his quick feet and athleticism on display to compliment his celebrated technique. Wilson, whose impressive 6-7, 350-pound frame attracts attention even in a room full of 300 pounders, did a broad jump of 9 feet, 2 inches. That was 13th among the offensive linemen, and 2 inches better than Thomas'. Impressive combine numbers have been known to convince teams to take another look at prospects they may have passed over. Herrien certainly proved his explosive abilities with his 10-foot, 6-inch, broad jump and 38.5-inch vertical jump on Friday 'UGA prepared us pretty well,' Herrien said at his NFL combine interview drill. 'We even had a couple of days during the spring where we had a little combine, like a junior day, a combine day. So we kinda did all this stuff before. 'I just want to show my ability to run, jump, be explosive in my lower body and catch the ball.' Herrien managed to do all that, and and and his teammates will have another opportunity to impress NFL scouts when Georgia holds its pro day in mid-March. Georgia offensive linemen Solomon Kindley is expected to perform there after decided not to compete in the drills at the NFL combine. Several other Bulldogs' players who didn't get invited to the NFL combine will also have their chance to shine. Players like defensive linemen Tyler Clark, Michael Barnett and David Marshall, along with linebacker Tae Crowder, tight end Eli Wolf and receiver Tyler Simmons will take part. Georgia football NFL Combine 40-yard dash D'Andre Swift, 4.49 (6th among running backs) Brian Herrien, 4.62 (Outside Top 15 running backs) Charlie Woerner 4.78 (12th of 15 tight ends) Jake Fromm 5.01 (13th of 13 quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 5.22 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 5.32 (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Bench press (repetitions of 225 pounds) Isaiah Wilson 26 (outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Charlie Woerner 21 (4th of 13 tight ends) Andrew Thomas 21 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Brian Herrien 18 (15th of 15 running backs) Vertical jump Brian Herrien 38.5 inches (7th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 35.5 inches (15th among running backs) Charlie Woerner 34.5 inches (6th among tight ends) Andrew Thomas 30.5 inches (10th among offensive linemen) Jake Fromm 30 inches (8th among quarterbacks) Broad jump Brian Herrien 10 feet, 6 inches (4th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 10 feet, 1 inch (Outside Top 15 RBs) Charlie Woener 10-0 feet (5th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 9 feet, 3 inches (9th among quarterbacks) Isaiah Wilson 9 feet, 2 inches (13th among offensive linemen) Andrew Thomas 9 feet, 1 inch (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 3-Cone Drill Charlie Woerner 7.18 seconds (7th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 7.27 seconds (9th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 7.58 seconds (4th among offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 8.26 seconds (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 20-yard shuttle Charlie Woerner 4.46 seconds (10th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 4.51 seconds (7th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 4.66 seconds (6th among offensive linemen ) Isaiah Wilson 5.07 seconds (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) DawgNation NFL Combine WATCH: J.R. Reed has something to prove at combine Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar The post WATCH: D'Andre Swift step ahead of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel in NFL combine 40 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS J.R. Reed's time at Georgia has come and gone, but the departing 2019 team captain made it clear the Bulldogs still have plenty of household names. 'You guys saw it out there in the Sugar Bowl, there was no drop-off,' Reed said at the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday during his podium interview at the NFL combine. 'Those guys prepared, I'd taught those guys how to watch film, just the rules to follow,' Reed said. 'The standard has been set in the defensive room, so the standard does not change at all.' Georgia brings back nine of the 11 starters from the Sugar Bowl team that beat Baylor 26-14. The Bulldogs' defense led the nation in 2019 in run defense and scoring defense, and it ranked No. 3 in total defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense. WATCH Richard LeCounte: New leadership role is bigger than football UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning referred to it as the 'No-Name Defense' in the days leading up to the win over the Bears in New Orleans. Reed said Georgia will likely need a new nickname for its defense with so many players on the verge of break-out seasons. 'The net defensive star, if he's not already a star, is Richard LeCounte,' Reed said. 'After him, you have Azeez Ojulari, and a bunch of guys that are going to step up. RELATED: Azeez Ojulari semifinalist for FWAA Freshman of the Year 'You've got a great corner in Tyson Campbell, Eric Stokes, Malik Herring and Monty Rice,' he said. 'I don't think it's going to be a no-name defense any more.' RELATED: Georgia football DC Dan Lanning explains No-Name Defense' moniker Reed, meanwhile, is intent on making a name for himself in Indianapolis this weekend after his draft stock inexplicably plunged this season. 'I don't know why expectations have changed, they have changed in my mind,' said Reed, who contemplated turning pro after his junior season. 'I truly, firmly, know I'm the best safety here; I can play in the box, I can play the middle of the field, I can come down and cover your best tight end, whatever you want me to do in that secondary, I can do.' Reed finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, despite missing the Sugar Bowl while recovering from a turf toe ailment that cropped up during the bowl preparation in Athens. Reed is healthy now, and he's expecting to open some eyes with his physical testing and interviews. 'I've seen what some people think I'm going to test, and I'm going to blow those things out of the water,' Reed said. 'Just show a lot of people I'm a lot better than what they think I am, and a lot more athletic.' Reed indicated he's not the only one the NFL talent evaluators seem to be underestimating. 'We had one of the best defenses in the nation,' Reed said, before referencing some of the UGA seniors who didn't get NFL combine invites. RELATED: Top-notch Georgia football defense shut out on AP All-SEC first team 'We've got Tyler Clark missing, Tae Crowder missing, you've got Michael Barnett, guys like that that played a pivotal role in our defense. 'They're going to shock the world, they're going to work hard, they're going to do a great job at their pro day, and I believe in all of them.' Georgia is expected to hold its NFL pro day on March 18, with the NFL draft scheduled April 23-25 in Las Vegas. DawgNation Georgia at NFL combine Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH J.R. Reed: Georgia football defense won't be No-Name' unit much longer appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry previews the upcoming March 1 visit for Raneiria Dillworth to UGA. 'RaRa' is quite a talent coming out ofNorth Carolina. His given name is Raneiria Dillworth. That's the official first and last name. Yet he'd like for college football fans to start calling him something else. RaRa Dillworth would be his preference. That goes back to his Pee Wee and Pop Warner footballer days. 'It has been my nickname for awhile now,' he said. 'But my mom says that nowadays just to give the crowd something to RaRa' about. That's what she has always been saying, though.' Just make sure to say that name fast. It is only fitting since Dillworth states he has been timed at a combine with 4.35 speed in the 40. That was a laser time. 'It was in the middle of my sophomore year,' he said of that feat. 'So I may be even faster.' That might cause some skeptics to roll their eyes with a high school linebacker. It should. That type of speed is quite rare for any position at the varsity level. Consider taking a look at him on film first. Does he play that fast? The tape certainly says he plays with an impressive level of speed. That would be at any position, but most definitely as an inside linebacker. This 4-star LB right here certainly plays like he's a 4.4 on film. That's what really matters. He's got a rare bust and it carried him to another lofty feat. Dillworth was credited with 203 tackles in 14 games last fall. That stat line will include 29 stops for losses and four touchdowns. He's rated by the 247Sports Composite as the nation's No. 19 OLB and the No. 225 overall prospect for 2021. While we are on the topic of head-shaking information, let's also share that he just turned 17 on December 26. Let that soak in. It is highly impressive to note that all of those plays, including that kickoff return TD, were made by a 16-year-old junior. That's a little nuts. But if proves the notion that whatever Dillworth is going to do, it will be fast. He even grows up fast. 'Every school that I talk to they basically tell me that I am one of the fastest linebackers they have ever seen,' he said. 'They said I move fast on film.' He plans to make a silent commitment on April 17th. That will honor the birthday of his grandmother Rhonda Jackson, but hewill not announce that choice until May 9. 'My grandmother thankfully is still living with us,' he said. 'But I love my grandma. Just want to do it on her birthday. I feel like it is a good time. It is already around the time I had planned on committing. I can do it before the season with this, too. So I can actually focus on my senior season.' 'I'm trying to win a ring.' #AGTG #FMF 'COMMITTING' April 17 ANNOUNCING IT MAY 9 @Tre4Edits pic.twitter.com/0Qx3R8yb8U RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) February 28, 2020 A frenzied March to a decision for RaRa Dillworth The 6-foot-2, 195-pound rising senior outlined a specific visit schedule with DawgNation earlier this week.It will be quite fast. Of course. 'Hold on a second,' Dillworth said. 'Let me get go to my phone to pull up all the dates right.' March 1 Georgia (first trip) March 7 Alabama (first trip) March 20 N.C. State March 21 South Carolina March 28 North Carolina April 1 Oklahoma April 4 Tennessee April 11 FSU April 17 Silent commitment May 9 Public decision release If that's not enough of a busy schedule, he will also compete on at least one weekend in the midst of all of that at a 7-on-7 event. That will be in Virginia Beach. RaRa Dillworth: The things to know here In his early 'RaRa' days, he was the kid nobody could hawk down on those Pee Wee fields. When he was playing defense, he was the one chasing everyone else down. It has just been a constant. Kind of like his No. 8 jersey. Dillworth played on both sides of the ball last fall. Look for him to get more use in the backfield as a senior for Glenn in 2020. Why has he primarily been a linebacker on the varsity level? With that speed, it is a natural question. He says he fell in love with the linebacker position as a freshman. 'But my favorite part of football is my aggressive nature,' he said. 'I just love to hit people.' When looking at that top 5 edit that ended the last passage, that was interesting. Especially given the recent change. But it is important here to add several layers of context to his recruiting process. He has never been to Athens before, but the Bulldogs still made his top 5 North Carolina State is no longer in his top 5. That spot was taken by Tennessee. Those dates up above are all unofficial visits. When he commits on April 17 and then releases it on May 9, then he will look to take his only official visit to check out his future school. He released that top 5 back on February 3, but he says he now has two extra schools that he will be considering. Those schools are N.C. State and Oklahoma. What do these schools tell him? 'They say that I am versatile and I can play sideline-to-sideline,' he said. 'I can actually cover in space. A lot of linebackers can't turn their hips and stuff but I can cover in space. I can make plays.' South Carolina is recruiting him as an outside linebacker. Alabama is looking at Dillworth as a walk-up or roll down safety. North Carolina is pretty much the same there. 'Most teams want me as a little rover who can come down,' he said. 'Come down to the box. Maybe even come over and cover the tight end.' He's been to North Carolina the most out of those schools. Dillworth has already visited Tennessee. When he competes at 7-on-7 events, he will line up at cornerback and at safety. Dillworth told DawgNation that his grade-point average hovers right around the 3.0 mark. 'I have to get mostly all As and Bs now,' he said. 'My mom don't play that.' This will not be a shock. Dillworth plans to enroll early in January of 2021. Was there any doubt about that? RaRa Dillworth: What's the fit feel like with Georgia? Georgia has its own view of Dillworth and his unique skill set. 'Georgia actually has got me as an inside backer but I feel like I'm good with linebacker but I am actually all good with safety. I just want to play. That's all.' Glenn Schumann is recruiting him. He was recruiting him and his family long before that offer from Georgia even came. 'When I first spoke to coach Schumann he told me that I was different man,' Dillworth said. 'He said I was different and my speed is out of the world. Some people don't believe that I have got the size and that speed, though.' Blessed to receive an offer from Georgia #GoDawgs #uga #AGTG #FMF pic.twitter.com/Fh93DuJUIQ RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) January 29, 2020 As stated before, this visit on March 1 will be his first trip to Athens. How did they make his top 5 without a visit? 'The coaches were showing me real love,' Dillworth said. 'He was texting my mom before I even had an offer. I already knew so much about them. They already cared about me before I even had that offer. Then after that, the coaches were FaceTiming me a lot. I just couldn't get down there because I had a lot of stuff planned.' 'It was just that they were always showing love. My mom was telling me I really like this school' and she already looked into their program and said it would fit me real well.' Dillworth is already on a 'Coach Schu' basis with Schumann. 'With coach Schu' a lot of coaches don't tell you the real,' he said. 'He was just like real straight-forward and telling me this is how I would play you. This and that. He's wasn't sugar coating it and just speaking me like it was real. He was telling me the ins-and-outs of Georgia. Just you know, the facts.' He also said his mother considers Schumann 'to be a great man' and noted that she frequently texts him. Let's take note of an interesting sub-plot here. That's the connection that Georgia has to both Dillworth and his high school teammate. Jahvaree Ritzie. Ritzie is a remarkably athletic 4-star DL in the 2021 class. 'He plays hard and he's my boy,' Dillworth said. 'We might be going to the same college. 'It just depends. He's just always a hard worker on and off the field. Track. The classroom. He does it all.' The 247Sports Composite has Ritzie as the nation's No. 14 strong-side DE and No. 210 overall recruit for 2021. He made it to Athens first back in January for a 'Junior Day' weekend. Ritzie then made sure to share what he saw with Dillworth after that trip. 'He told me Rah Rah I'm not going to lie to you but you need to get down there to Georgia because it is something different down there about Georgia' and that's what he told me,' Dillworth said. Dillworth said he wants to see everything this weekend about Georgia. 'I want to make sure if I am going to go to Georgia that it is home,' he said. 'I don't want to go play anywhere I don't feel comfortable.' Academics will be large here. So will a true family feel. 'If my Mom doesn't like it, then I won't like it,' he said. 'I want to make sure my Momma likes it. Top facilities? I am not even worried about that. I want to go somewhere they can build me into a man. On and off the field. I want to grow into a man somewhere and be close with my coaches and my teammates. Just make sure we have a real good relationship.' Distance from home will not be a concern. So will playing for a championship program. His teammates call him 'Alligator' but he is not being courted by the Florida Gators. 'My friends and teammates call me Alligator' because I am always taking and snatching up all their tackles,' he said. 'I'm always taking all of their tackles away.' The post Raneiria Dillworth: Hyper fast LB gears up for his first big visit to UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS For the most part, there have been a lot of great moments and memories for the Georgia football program over the past four seasons. The Bulldogs won a lot of games, three straight SEC titles and a College Football Playoff game. There have also been some memorable trips and environments, such as the 2018 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma or either of the two Notre Dame games. So when we asked some of the 10 Georgia football players participating int he 2020 NFL Combine this week what their favorite memory was from their time at Georgia, they had a lot of great options to choose from. Some, like both Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift, went with the Rose Bowl given the epic ending as well as the overall environment around the game. Others such as Solomon Kindley and Jake Fromm picked out a specific play from one of the first games in their collegiate careers. Both were key members of Georgia's 2017 team that played in the national championship game against Alabama. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson gave a very specific example and why one win carries more weight than others. 'It felt like all of our hard work had paid off again,' Wilson said of Georgia's 34-17 win over Kentucky in 2018. 'In 2017, everyone just thought it was because we had a bunch of seniors and had a lot of old talent.' That win clinched the SEC East for Georgia for the second straight season. A long D'Andre Swift touchdown run put the Bulldogs up 28-3 in the third quarter, paving the way to a Georgia victory. 'In 2018, we woke everybody up again and said we're still here to fight,' Wilson said. Related: D'Andre Swift and his Georgia football offensive linemen all agree on his best run Only LSU and Ohio State sent more players to the NFL combine than the 10 Georgia sent. That number could've been even higher but a number of Bulldogs like Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes elected to return to Georgia for the 2020 season. The Bulldogs figure to once again be one of the top teams in 2020 when they open the season against Virginia on Sept. 7. Georgia football players share their favorite memories More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Former Georgia football running backs on Zamir White: He has to be ready to go early' Brian Herrien shares a perfect Nick Chubb story that captures Georgia football culture Georgia football podcast: Alabama insider floats conspiracy theory about Scott Cochran hire Nation's No. 2 LB Smael Mondon Jr. sees national championship' future for Georgia How college friends Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm didn't let competition ruin their NFL hopes Details of Georgia defensive lineman arrest emerge in UGA Police Department field case report Jake Fromm takes center stage at NFL combine, some experts already believers The post From Notre Dame to the Rose Bowl, Georgia football players recount their favorite moments appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS Solomon Kindley says the Atlanta Falcons like his game, and he's ready to show them even more in the Friday workouts at the NFL combine. Kindley, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and a trimmed down 336 pounds, could see his draft stock take a jump now that he's healthy. 'I'm really ready to show them who I am and what I'm about,' Kindley said at his podium interview at the Indianapolis Convention this week. Kindley suffered an injured ankle in the Bulldogs 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and missed three starts before being cleared to play. 'It really didn't feel right none of this season,' Kindley revealed. 'I played through the bowl game with a jacked up foot. So when I went to Pensacola (Fla., to train), I tried to get a lot of rehab and do things like that.' Kindley cut nine pounds off the 345 he played at this season, clearly a step slower than he was during a healthy sophomore campaign in 2018. Kindley said he's known for a while he was going to turn professional after his junior season. 'I wasn't close (to returning), to be honest, I already knew I was going to leave,' Kindley said. 'I felt like all I had to do was play pretty good, and the rest was history.' The Sugar Bowl, Kindley said, was a chance to close out his Georgia career in the right way. 'During the bowl game, I knew I was going pro,' Kindley said. 'The reason I wanted to play in that game was I wanted to end on a good note, because we'd lost to LSU in the SEC Championship. 'And I wanted to play with my brothers, with Trey (Hill) and George Pickens, because they're gonna be a really good team this year. I wanted to have one more hard-fought game with them boys.' Kindley said his talk with Atlanta went well. 'They say they like how I play, love how I play,' Kindley said. 'They say I'm a mauler, they love my game, and I have an informal (interview) with them. Kindley said he's also met with Green Bay, Seattle, Arizona, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville. The offensive line workouts begin at 4 p.m. on Friday (TV: NFL Network). Georgia offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson will take part in the workouts, as will tailbacks D'Andre Swift and Brian Herrien. Georgia OG Solomon Kindley DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH: Georgia offensive line mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS Lawrence Cager earned a place in Georgia-Florida history last season with his 7-catch, 132-yard performance, but he wasn't the only graduate transfer to have a big day. Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard, who transferred from Louisville, made the most of his one shot at the Bulldogs with a team-high 9 tackles in Georgia's 24-17 win over the Gators. RELATED: 3 things from Georgia's win over Florida 'The Georgia game was crazy, that environment there, been in Jacksonville,' Greenard said at his NFL combine podium interview on Thursday. 'I played there in a bowl game, but seeing everything in the rivalry I grew up in, being from Georgia, I was a Florida fan coming up. 'It was mind-boggling, one of the most intense games.' Greenard, from Hiram, Ga., was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school, and 247Sports reported Kentucky and Louisville were his only two offers coming out of high school. But Greenard showed his worth against the Bulldogs, showing grit and hustle throughout the afternoon in his first game back from a high ankle sprain that had sidelined him the previous three weeks. 'I wanted to win that game so bad, I didn't want to come off the field,' Greenard said. 'Being out there, making hustle plays, finishing plays even while being dog tired, I tried to do everything in my power to make sure we won that game, but obviously we game up short.' Greenard tipped his cap to Jake Fromm, asked to assess the outgoing Georgia quarterback. 'Jake Fromm is one of those (guys) , he doesn't get rattled in the pocket, he stands tall in the pocket, obviously, if I had an offensive line like, that I would definitely be standing tall too,' Greenard said. 'But he controls the game, he never gets rattled, stays within himself, and he understands what he possesses as a player and doesn't do too much. 'He's always going to keep you guessing. If he needs to tuck it and run, he'll do that a bit. But he's a very smart guy. He's one oft he best quarterbacks I played against, and I played against the top quarterbacks.' Greenard also provided Georgia fans with an idea of the type of challenge Georgia will face in the 2020 season-opening game against Virginia on Monday, Sept. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'Virginia, they are a hard-working team, that's one thing that kept them in the game against us,' Greenard said, referring to Florida's 36-28 Orange Bowl win over the Cavaliers. 'Even when I was at Louisville, it was the same exact way, they play their asses off, and they always want to continue to make sure they are in the game. ' And the coach (Bronco Mendenhall) , with what they are doing over there, they have really good program and guys who are willing to buy in. When you have those things, it's really tough to beat them.' Florida DL Jonathan Greenard DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH Florida's Jonathan Greenard: laments Georgia loss, warns Virginia opener will be tough appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS Jake Fromm answered some questions at the NFL combine this week, but Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner was among those not completely convinced. Warner said during the quarterback-receiver throwing session on Thursday that he still wonders about Fromm's arm strength and physicality. 'I've been watching him down here, some of those questions about arm strength,being able to really pop the ball out,' Warner said on the NFL Network telecast of the otherwise closed workout. 'It comes to pass when you are watching him in person that you still wonder, Is there enough there?' ' Fromm's arm strength was a question for some entering the NFL combine, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. RELATED: Mel Kiper Jr. calls Jake Fromm arm strength into question 'Now, you can make up for some of that with his anticipation and some things that you see on tape,' Warner said. 'But I also believe there is also a floor of the type of physical ability that you have to be to be one of those upper-echelon quarterbacks in the NFL. 'I'm still questioning whether he has that or not.' Fromm and Jacob Eason were splitting repetitions in Lucas Oil Stadium, but it was nothing like old times in Athens, Ga. Fromm and Eason, teammates at Georgia in 2017 before Eason transferred to Washington, were among the handful of quarterbacks throwing. The drills were held in alphabetical order, so Eason went first followed by Fromm. Celebrated LSU quarterback Joe Burrow elected not to work out, and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is still recovering from the season-ending hip surgery he underwent Nov. 18. NFL Network analyst Charles Davis suggested that 'they didn't do Fromm any favors because of the way Easton throws the football.' Fromm reportedly shook it off, telling another NFL Network reporter 'I think it's awesome.' Fromm said from the onset he was just interested in doing his best. 'I'm not the tallest, not the fastest, I know I'n not going out and run any 4.2s, but really just hone in and be the best I can,' Fromm said. 'I want to be as quick as possible and throw the ball around as good as I can..' Fromm's 40 times were reported on TV as 5.01 seconds and 5.04. Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts set the quarterbacks' bar with 40 times of 4.64 and 4.59. Eason ran duplicate 4.90 times, per the telecast. Fromm had predicted before the combine he would run a 4.9 and was aiming for a 4.8. No one, however, has any illusions that Fromm can provide a serious running threat. Fromm broad jumped 9 feet, 3 inches (9th of the 11 quarterbacks who tested in the drill) and had a 30-inch vertical jump (8th of 11 quarterbacks). But Fromm's performances in the throwing drills and interviews were deemed much more important. RELATED: Fromm ready to throw, some already believe in him NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that Fromm showcased his arm strength early at the start of the 'over the shoulder' throw drill. 'The ball that was overthrown was Jake Fromm' Jeremiah said. 'The question was arm strength, so if you're Jake Fromm, you're not under-throwing anything out here.' Fromm's throws were accurate, other than the early overthrow. Jeremiah suggested Fromm projected to teams in the South, the West Coast, or those who play inside. 'I look at a team like the Atlanta Falcons to try to get somebody to sit behind Matt Ryan for a couple years, maybe with a payoff down the road,' Jeremiah said. 'I would imagine in that state, it would be a popular pick.' Not everyone, however, sees Fromm the same. Senior Bowl executive director and former New England and Seattle NFL scout studied Fromm before doing combine analysis for ESPN this week. 'He doesn't have the size or the arm strength of a Justin Herbert, but his arm is stronger than I gave it credit for,' Nagy said. 'He's such a quick processor. To watch this guy go through his progressions, he knows exactly where to go with the football. There's no delay when he goes from one, to two, to three. 'Jake is so smooth with his eyes, so decisive, he's very accurate. He has a great feel in the pocket, he's mobile enough.' Fromm will meet with and work out for individual teams, and he could choose to throw again at Georgia's Pro Day in Athens in mid-March. DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post Jake Fromm's NFL combine performance: Is there enough there?' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Former Georgia running back D'Andre Swift was not one of a host of running backs the Atlanta Falcons met with at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week according to a post at the team's official site. 'Swift, considered among the very best players at his position in the draft, said he had not met with the Falcons and did not have a meeting planned with them this week,' wrote the Falcons' Will McFadden. This news will frustrate many UGA fans who also root for the Falcons due to Atlanta's need for a running back and the franchise's history of high-profile misses when not drafting available Bulldogs. There's no evidence that Atlanta intentionally avoids drafting former UGA players, and the lack of combine interview doesn't necessarily prevent Atlanta from selecting Swift in this year's draft. That said, many Georgians who cheer for both teams would like to have seen some evidence the Falcons were considering Swift. Falcons coach Dan Quinn was asked at the combine about his feelings on UGA players and spoke glowingly. 'I'm so pumped for Kirby [Smart] and seeing where the team has come to,' Quinn told the AJC. 'We communicate a lot. We spoke just a week or two ago about players, about coaches, about a number of things. We communicate a lot. 'Getting that many guys invited to the combine is such a big deal It means they're developing the players, so when we're getting a guy from there [we know] this guy's been in big moments; he's played well in the big games, on the biggest stages. So as a coach, you look for that. I want to see the matchup in the SEC championship. I want to see the matchup in the Florida-Georgia game. 'Having chances to look at those guys we try to get any edge we can because we know where they are and how close they are to us.' Only LSU and Ohio State had more than the 10 former UGA players who appeared in Indianapolis, and perhaps UGA fans will take comfort in knowing some of those former Bulldogs are possibly on Quinn's radar. If Swift isn't destined for the Falcons, he's likely to have no shortage of suitors from other NFL teams. He's been projected by numerous mock drafts to be the first running back picked. If or when that happens, Swift credits his time working with UGA coach Kirby Smart and running backs coach Dell McGee for how he got to this point on his football journey. 'Allowing me to mature and take control of that [running back] room was big last year,' Swift said this week.' Just putting me in different situations [with] the offense. The way coaches treated me It's to a T' when you get here. You really respect and thank Coach Smart and his staff for how they prepared us.' One thing's for sure, with an attitude like that, most UGA fans will be cheering for Swift in the NFL no matter which team drafts him. The post The Falcons have reportedly interviewed at least 13 running backs,' but not D'Andre Swift appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,141 (Feb. 27, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Florida assistant coach Tim Brewster said about the Gators' recruiting rivalry with UGA. Georgia football podcast: Florida should be careful when challenging Kirby Smart about recruiting Beginning of the show: Florida is going to close its border and shut out Georgia from the state's best recruits according to Gators assistant Tim Brewster's recent appearance on a 247Sports podcast. I'll discuss on today's show why provoking Smart on this topic might prove to be a mistake. 10-minute mark: I explain why former UGA offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson is hyped to see the Bulldogs offensive line this season. 15-minute mark: I'll shake things up and do things a bit differently today. Instead of a guest, I'll take a few questions from the audience. Some of the topics covered include How UGA defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt is likely to be disciplined after his arrest earlier in the week The position group I'm most looking forward to seeing, and the one I'm most concerned about this season And more 30-minute mark: I explain why I think the SEC should pursue the University of Souther Cal as a league member, and I'll discuss the rivalry brewing at the NFL scouting combine between former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and LSU's Joe Burrow. 35-minute mark: I discuss the Atlanta Falcons reportedly passing on a chance to interview D'Andre Swift at the combine, and the Bulldogs overtime basketball loss to South Carolina. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Florida should be careful when challenging Kirby Smart about recruiting appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry introduces the DawgNation Daily reader to 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. of Paulding County High School in Northwest Georgia. The Smael Mondon Jr. story won't read like a lot of others in this space. This narrative won't dwell on his 5-star status. We won't hover over his slot on the 247Sports Composite as the nation's No. 2 OLB and No. 23 overall prospect for the 2021 cycle. The thinking here is that Mondon is more uncommon than even those laurels might suggest. The best play on his highlight tape might be that early jet sweep, but that's not the biggest reason why. The Paulding County program does weaponize its best athlete on both sides of the ball.It was quite impressive to see the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder tearing loose around the edge. Flashing that 11.1 speed in the 100 as a ballcarrier for his Patriots. The fact he is a triple jumper who now resets his school record yearly raises eyebrows, too. Mondon has even set his eyes on soaring 48 to 49 feet this spring. According to Milesplit.com, the state record for that event is at 53 feet and 9.25 inches. If Mondon soars 49 feet this year as a junior, that will be something. An effort like that would have won the state title in Georgia in every classification last spring except for his own Class 5A. That winning distance was 50 feet, 4 inches. We should all shake our heads at the fact UGA has its eyes on a linebacker who can run an 11.1 in the 100 meters and do so at 218 pounds who also has set his eyes on a 49-feet effort in the triple jump. Mondon is just different and that's just the tip of it. The quick-hit things to know about Smael Mondon Jr. Mondon, in stark contrast to his peers, does not attend prospect camps. He's never been to one. He has no plans to change that, either. He will not be at The Opening regional. Nor any of the Under Armour camps. Or any of the 7-on-7 showcases where the nation's elite annually add more fame to their games each spring. 'That's just not Smael,' Paulding County coach Van Spence said. 'He's just not into that. He's not about that. He's not into any of that fluff. He'll go to these schools and check out all their facilities. He'll even nod his head. But that's just not what he's about or what he is looking for.' The fact that Mondon has not appeared in any of those prospect showcase events AND is still a 5-star recruit serves as a fitting testament to his skill set. For those that scan this space for recruiting juice, let's take a minute to address the basic food groups. Mondon has just one college visit planned as of right now. That will be an unofficial visit on March 27-28 to check out Oklahoma. Lincoln Riley and inside linebackers coach Brian Odom have done a great job recruiting him so far. The Florida Gators, specifically inside linebackers coach Christian Robinson, should feel the same way. Robinson, a former Georgia linebacker, has connected with the Paulding County staff and Mondon on a personal level. Mondon does not plan to make his recruiting decision anytime soon. It might not even be during his senior season. Why does he want to do that? 'It will probably be doneafter my senior year,' he said. 'I don't want torush anything and I don't want to do it in the middle of the season. It will take attention away from theactualseason. I just want to befocused on the actual football season and make mydecision after the season.' Look for him to take his official visits during the fall. Mondon has yet to feel at liberty in paring down his list of schools. But it certainly sounds like schools like Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma have done a good job of recruiting him up to this point. Tennessee is also in the mix here. His grade-point average rests in the 3.6-to-3.7 range and has already qualified. Stanford actually offered. Mondon will miss track season during his senior year. The plan is for him to graduate early in December and enroll with his future team in January of 2021. He's rated as an LB, but the majority of the schools after him see him as an inside linebacker, including Georgia. The plans for now calls for him to be a business major as he enters college. What is he looking for? 'It is not really like a particular recipe,' he said. 'It is just like the relationship with coaches, the team culture and the direction the program is going in.' What is the best thing he likes about Georgia right now? 'I like the direction the program is going in,' Mondon said. 'I feel like in the next couple of years they are going to get a national championship for sure.' The two really good stories about Smael Mondon Jr. Paulding County does not pop out elite prospects. The staff at Paulding County could not recall the last time one of their own had an offer from UGA. They seem far more certain that Mondon is the first Patriot to hold offers from programs like Oklahoma and Stanford. The Georgia High School Football Historians Association tracks the Patriots with a .398 winning percentage over the school's history. When Mondon was a sophomore, his Patriots were slumping. They were forced to play 17 sophomores in key or starting roles. It led to an 0-6 start. There was a moment after a 54-20 loss to Kell that stands out. When a school like Paulding has a player like Mondon, it doesn't just attract the attention of college recruiters. Other high school programs take notice, too. It is not news to note here that coveted high school players frequently make bona fide moves per GHSA rules from one program to another. It happens all the time.With Mondon, there was a worry that the Patriots might not be able to keep him. 'Every was worried or assuming I was going to transfer out being that I was a big-time guy' and stuff like that,' Mondon said. He chose the night of a 34-point loss to put the matter to rest.When he saw Spence after the game, he thought he might have looked down while doing some post-game laundry or another matter. 'Coach Spence actually cares about his players,' he said. 'That's why I wanted to stay with him.' So he spoke up. 'I told him I wasn't going to leave or anything like that,' Mondon said. 'I was going to stay in it with him and build this program. I was just going to let my coach know that as long as he was in it here, I was going to be here. I love the people here. These are the people I grew up with. It makes football a lot more fun when you see the people around you that you know and care about have success and do well.' 'When I play football, I want to play surrounded by people that I love and care about. So that will help me play even harder. I wouldn't want to play with anybody else.' Spence had been there to support him. 'In the world of high school recruiting, I told Smael that I get it' and we played 17 sophomores last year and it was very difficult,' he said. 'I said people are going to come to you and are going to want you to go there. But I told him that all of the goals you want for you high school career and heading off to college can be attained here. We're here to support you and to help you. I know it happens with all that other stuff though because I have seen it.' Mondon's reassurance that night certainly meant a lot. 'He just said that he wasn't going anywhere and that he loves this place,' Spence said. 'He said that just after we just got beat bad. He came up and told me that. I told him that I appreciated that and I will probably always appreciate that.' Mondon has a bandanna collection. He has more than 20 and would sometimes tie them up and wear them as a belt.He cops to a keen fashion eye. The bandannas were big for him during his junior season. Not so much any more. But he wore one of those to the weight room last year. He also brought one for Spence. He put it on and they both had their bandannas on for that day's workout. He's named after his father. His father is of French descent, but he said their family roots are from the Ivory Coast in Western Africa. 'He was supposed to be named Ishmael but on my dad's birth certificate they didn't put the I' on it so it is just Smael,' Mondon said. 'That's what came off his birth certificate so they just named me after it.' He wanted to play soccer growing up, but the sign-up period was closed. 'They only thing left was football,' he said. 'So I played that. Now, I just love the sport.' The things that Georgia loves about Smael Mondon Jr. Mondon will play both ways for the Patriots. He is a running back and a blocking back for his squad. He will also play linebacker and catch the ball out of the backfield. Paulding County even had packages with him at quarterback last fall. A typical game will be somewhere around 80 yards and eight tackles. He'll log 90-to-100 snaps most nights, butthere's more. That is kind of how it always seems to be with this guy. 'He might be one of the smartest football players that I have been around in the 19 years I've been doing this,' Spence said last fall. 'It has actually gotten to the point where everybody is so dependent of him and how much he lines us up all around the ball.' Paulding crated a 'Muzzle Monday' of sorts for Mondon. Those would be the defensive practice periods when he was not allowed to speak. 'He was the guy making all the adjustments for us because he knew where every single person on the field had to go and what they were supposed to be doing from the front end to the back end,' Spence said. 'We were like Smael just be quiet because everyone else has to know if you are not in there' and we eventually just took him off the field so they could show us they knew it, too.' 'He is such a student of the game. He's a really smart person and just a really good kid.' Let's recap all of this with a quick minute: Explosiveness. Loyalty. Football IQ. Track standout. Size. Speed. Playing all over the field. He will be a four-year starter at PCHS. He can lead his team in tackles and rushing yards on any given night. When he carries the ball, he outruns theangles that defenders have on him while breaking big plays. He does that all the time. Is there any reason why he is such a priority for Georgia in the 2021 class? 'Georgia has done a phenomenal job of recruiting him,' Spence said 'When they started to recruit him, they wanted to get to know him. They wanted to get to know the kid. To get to know all those things that make him such a good kid.' Mondon has been to Georgia at least five times, including last month for a 'Junior Day' event. Those trips will include visits for the Auburn game in 2018 and the season opener last fall. Glenn Schumann has been recruiting him for some time now. He's keyed in on all the things that Mondon brings to the table. 'Just like athletic linebackers that can run,' Mondon said. 'That can help with the pass and help cover the running back.' The post Nation's No. 2 LB Smael Mondon Jr. sees national championship' future for Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS Brian Herrien was explaining earlier this week how Kirby Smart held a combine-like workout last spring to give players an idea how they stacked up. On Thursday and Friday at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center, it was the real thing for 10 Bulldogs. Projected first-round Georgia picks D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas held their own in key drill work, and Herrien and redshirt sophomore Isiah Wilson posted some eye-opening numbers. Swift ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash a tenth of a second off the 4.39 ran by Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor on Friday. D'Andre Swift vs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel Who will have the best NFL career when all is said and done? pic.twitter.com/yOhGKokeVj PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 29, 2020 But Swift's time was a tick better than the 4.52 and 4.54 times run by former UGA stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at the 2018 combine, which qualifies him as plenty fast enough when one considers his unique cutting abilities. Former Georgia running back Keith Marshall holds the mark for fastest 40 time run at the NFL draft, turning a 4.31-second time in 2016. Todd Gurley ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, and last year Elijah Holyfield ran a 4.78. Thomas ran the fourth-fastest 3-cone drill among the offensive linemen and 6th fastest 20-yard shuttle, his quick feet and athleticism on display to compliment his celebrated technique. Wilson, whose impressive 6-7, 350-pound frame attracts attention even in a room full of 300 pounders, did a broad jump of 9 feet, 2 inches. That was 13th among the offensive linemen, and 2 inches better than Thomas'. Impressive combine numbers have been known to convince teams to take another look at prospects they may have passed over. Herrien certainly proved his explosive abilities with his 10-foot, 6-inch, broad jump and 38.5-inch vertical jump on Friday 'UGA prepared us pretty well,' Herrien said at his NFL combine interview drill. 'We even had a couple of days during the spring where we had a little combine, like a junior day, a combine day. So we kinda did all this stuff before. 'I just want to show my ability to run, jump, be explosive in my lower body and catch the ball.' Herrien managed to do all that, and and and his teammates will have another opportunity to impress NFL scouts when Georgia holds its pro day in mid-March. Georgia offensive linemen Solomon Kindley is expected to perform there after decided not to compete in the drills at the NFL combine. Several other Bulldogs' players who didn't get invited to the NFL combine will also have their chance to shine. Players like defensive linemen Tyler Clark, Michael Barnett and David Marshall, along with linebacker Tae Crowder, tight end Eli Wolf and receiver Tyler Simmons will take part. Georgia football NFL Combine 40-yard dash D'Andre Swift, 4.49 (6th among running backs) Brian Herrien, 4.62 (Outside Top 15 running backs) Charlie Woerner 4.78 (12th of 15 tight ends) Jake Fromm 5.01 (13th of 13 quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 5.22 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 5.32 (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Bench press (repetitions of 225 pounds) Isaiah Wilson 26 (outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Charlie Woerner 21 (4th of 13 tight ends) Andrew Thomas 21 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Brian Herrien 18 (15th of 15 running backs) Vertical jump Brian Herrien 38.5 inches (7th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 35.5 inches (15th among running backs) Charlie Woerner 34.5 inches (6th among tight ends) Andrew Thomas 30.5 inches (10th among offensive linemen) Jake Fromm 30 inches (8th among quarterbacks) Broad jump Brian Herrien 10 feet, 6 inches (4th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 10 feet, 1 inch (Outside Top 15 RBs) Charlie Woener 10-0 feet (5th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 9 feet, 3 inches (9th among quarterbacks) Isaiah Wilson 9 feet, 2 inches (13th among offensive linemen) Andrew Thomas 9 feet, 1 inch (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 3-Cone Drill Charlie Woerner 7.18 seconds (7th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 7.27 seconds (9th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 7.58 seconds (4th among offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 8.26 seconds (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 20-yard shuttle Charlie Woerner 4.46 seconds (10th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 4.51 seconds (7th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 4.66 seconds (6th among offensive linemen ) Isaiah Wilson 5.07 seconds (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) DawgNation NFL Combine WATCH: J.R. Reed has something to prove at combine Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar The post WATCH: D'Andre Swift step ahead of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel in NFL combine 40 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS J.R. Reed's time at Georgia has come and gone, but the departing 2019 team captain made it clear the Bulldogs still have plenty of household names. 'You guys saw it out there in the Sugar Bowl, there was no drop-off,' Reed said at the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday during his podium interview at the NFL combine. 'Those guys prepared, I'd taught those guys how to watch film, just the rules to follow,' Reed said. 'The standard has been set in the defensive room, so the standard does not change at all.' Georgia brings back nine of the 11 starters from the Sugar Bowl team that beat Baylor 26-14. The Bulldogs' defense led the nation in 2019 in run defense and scoring defense, and it ranked No. 3 in total defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense. WATCH Richard LeCounte: New leadership role is bigger than football UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning referred to it as the 'No-Name Defense' in the days leading up to the win over the Bears in New Orleans. Reed said Georgia will likely need a new nickname for its defense with so many players on the verge of break-out seasons. 'The net defensive star, if he's not already a star, is Richard LeCounte,' Reed said. 'After him, you have Azeez Ojulari, and a bunch of guys that are going to step up. RELATED: Azeez Ojulari semifinalist for FWAA Freshman of the Year 'You've got a great corner in Tyson Campbell, Eric Stokes, Malik Herring and Monty Rice,' he said. 'I don't think it's going to be a no-name defense any more.' RELATED: Georgia football DC Dan Lanning explains No-Name Defense' moniker Reed, meanwhile, is intent on making a name for himself in Indianapolis this weekend after his draft stock inexplicably plunged this season. 'I don't know why expectations have changed, they have changed in my mind,' said Reed, who contemplated turning pro after his junior season. 'I truly, firmly, know I'm the best safety here; I can play in the box, I can play the middle of the field, I can come down and cover your best tight end, whatever you want me to do in that secondary, I can do.' Reed finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, despite missing the Sugar Bowl while recovering from a turf toe ailment that cropped up during the bowl preparation in Athens. Reed is healthy now, and he's expecting to open some eyes with his physical testing and interviews. 'I've seen what some people think I'm going to test, and I'm going to blow those things out of the water,' Reed said. 'Just show a lot of people I'm a lot better than what they think I am, and a lot more athletic.' Reed indicated he's not the only one the NFL talent evaluators seem to be underestimating. 'We had one of the best defenses in the nation,' Reed said, before referencing some of the UGA seniors who didn't get NFL combine invites. RELATED: Top-notch Georgia football defense shut out on AP All-SEC first team 'We've got Tyler Clark missing, Tae Crowder missing, you've got Michael Barnett, guys like that that played a pivotal role in our defense. 'They're going to shock the world, they're going to work hard, they're going to do a great job at their pro day, and I believe in all of them.' Georgia is expected to hold its NFL pro day on March 18, with the NFL draft scheduled April 23-25 in Las Vegas. DawgNation Georgia at NFL combine Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH J.R. Reed: Georgia football defense won't be No-Name' unit much longer appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry previews the upcoming March 1 visit for Raneiria Dillworth to UGA. 'RaRa' is quite a talent coming out ofNorth Carolina. His given name is Raneiria Dillworth. That's the official first and last name. Yet he'd like for college football fans to start calling him something else. RaRa Dillworth would be his preference. That goes back to his Pee Wee and Pop Warner footballer days. 'It has been my nickname for awhile now,' he said. 'But my mom says that nowadays just to give the crowd something to RaRa' about. That's what she has always been saying, though.' Just make sure to say that name fast. It is only fitting since Dillworth states he has been timed at a combine with 4.35 speed in the 40. That was a laser time. 'It was in the middle of my sophomore year,' he said of that feat. 'So I may be even faster.' That might cause some skeptics to roll their eyes with a high school linebacker. It should. That type of speed is quite rare for any position at the varsity level. Consider taking a look at him on film first. Does he play that fast? The tape certainly says he plays with an impressive level of speed. That would be at any position, but most definitely as an inside linebacker. This 4-star LB right here certainly plays like he's a 4.4 on film. That's what really matters. He's got a rare bust and it carried him to another lofty feat. Dillworth was credited with 203 tackles in 14 games last fall. That stat line will include 29 stops for losses and four touchdowns. He's rated by the 247Sports Composite as the nation's No. 19 OLB and the No. 225 overall prospect for 2021. While we are on the topic of head-shaking information, let's also share that he just turned 17 on December 26. Let that soak in. It is highly impressive to note that all of those plays, including that kickoff return TD, were made by a 16-year-old junior. That's a little nuts. But if proves the notion that whatever Dillworth is going to do, it will be fast. He even grows up fast. 'Every school that I talk to they basically tell me that I am one of the fastest linebackers they have ever seen,' he said. 'They said I move fast on film.' He plans to make a silent commitment on April 17th. That will honor the birthday of his grandmother Rhonda Jackson, but hewill not announce that choice until May 9. 'My grandmother thankfully is still living with us,' he said. 'But I love my grandma. Just want to do it on her birthday. I feel like it is a good time. It is already around the time I had planned on committing. I can do it before the season with this, too. So I can actually focus on my senior season.' 'I'm trying to win a ring.' #AGTG #FMF 'COMMITTING' April 17 ANNOUNCING IT MAY 9 @Tre4Edits pic.twitter.com/0Qx3R8yb8U RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) February 28, 2020 A frenzied March to a decision for RaRa Dillworth The 6-foot-2, 195-pound rising senior outlined a specific visit schedule with DawgNation earlier this week.It will be quite fast. Of course. 'Hold on a second,' Dillworth said. 'Let me get go to my phone to pull up all the dates right.' March 1 Georgia (first trip) March 7 Alabama (first trip) March 20 N.C. State March 21 South Carolina March 28 North Carolina April 1 Oklahoma April 4 Tennessee April 11 FSU April 17 Silent commitment May 9 Public decision release If that's not enough of a busy schedule, he will also compete on at least one weekend in the midst of all of that at a 7-on-7 event. That will be in Virginia Beach. RaRa Dillworth: The things to know here In his early 'RaRa' days, he was the kid nobody could hawk down on those Pee Wee fields. When he was playing defense, he was the one chasing everyone else down. It has just been a constant. Kind of like his No. 8 jersey. Dillworth played on both sides of the ball last fall. Look for him to get more use in the backfield as a senior for Glenn in 2020. Why has he primarily been a linebacker on the varsity level? With that speed, it is a natural question. He says he fell in love with the linebacker position as a freshman. 'But my favorite part of football is my aggressive nature,' he said. 'I just love to hit people.' When looking at that top 5 edit that ended the last passage, that was interesting. Especially given the recent change. But it is important here to add several layers of context to his recruiting process. He has never been to Athens before, but the Bulldogs still made his top 5 North Carolina State is no longer in his top 5. That spot was taken by Tennessee. Those dates up above are all unofficial visits. When he commits on April 17 and then releases it on May 9, then he will look to take his only official visit to check out his future school. He released that top 5 back on February 3, but he says he now has two extra schools that he will be considering. Those schools are N.C. State and Oklahoma. What do these schools tell him? 'They say that I am versatile and I can play sideline-to-sideline,' he said. 'I can actually cover in space. A lot of linebackers can't turn their hips and stuff but I can cover in space. I can make plays.' South Carolina is recruiting him as an outside linebacker. Alabama is looking at Dillworth as a walk-up or roll down safety. North Carolina is pretty much the same there. 'Most teams want me as a little rover who can come down,' he said. 'Come down to the box. Maybe even come over and cover the tight end.' He's been to North Carolina the most out of those schools. Dillworth has already visited Tennessee. When he competes at 7-on-7 events, he will line up at cornerback and at safety. Dillworth told DawgNation that his grade-point average hovers right around the 3.0 mark. 'I have to get mostly all As and Bs now,' he said. 'My mom don't play that.' This will not be a shock. Dillworth plans to enroll early in January of 2021. Was there any doubt about that? RaRa Dillworth: What's the fit feel like with Georgia? Georgia has its own view of Dillworth and his unique skill set. 'Georgia actually has got me as an inside backer but I feel like I'm good with linebacker but I am actually all good with safety. I just want to play. That's all.' Glenn Schumann is recruiting him. He was recruiting him and his family long before that offer from Georgia even came. 'When I first spoke to coach Schumann he told me that I was different man,' Dillworth said. 'He said I was different and my speed is out of the world. Some people don't believe that I have got the size and that speed, though.' Blessed to receive an offer from Georgia #GoDawgs #uga #AGTG #FMF pic.twitter.com/Fh93DuJUIQ RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) January 29, 2020 As stated before, this visit on March 1 will be his first trip to Athens. How did they make his top 5 without a visit? 'The coaches were showing me real love,' Dillworth said. 'He was texting my mom before I even had an offer. I already knew so much about them. They already cared about me before I even had that offer. Then after that, the coaches were FaceTiming me a lot. I just couldn't get down there because I had a lot of stuff planned.' 'It was just that they were always showing love. My mom was telling me I really like this school' and she already looked into their program and said it would fit me real well.' Dillworth is already on a 'Coach Schu' basis with Schumann. 'With coach Schu' a lot of coaches don't tell you the real,' he said. 'He was just like real straight-forward and telling me this is how I would play you. This and that. He's wasn't sugar coating it and just speaking me like it was real. He was telling me the ins-and-outs of Georgia. Just you know, the facts.' He also said his mother considers Schumann 'to be a great man' and noted that she frequently texts him. Let's take note of an interesting sub-plot here. That's the connection that Georgia has to both Dillworth and his high school teammate. Jahvaree Ritzie. Ritzie is a remarkably athletic 4-star DL in the 2021 class. 'He plays hard and he's my boy,' Dillworth said. 'We might be going to the same college. 'It just depends. He's just always a hard worker on and off the field. Track. The classroom. He does it all.' The 247Sports Composite has Ritzie as the nation's No. 14 strong-side DE and No. 210 overall recruit for 2021. He made it to Athens first back in January for a 'Junior Day' weekend. Ritzie then made sure to share what he saw with Dillworth after that trip. 'He told me Rah Rah I'm not going to lie to you but you need to get down there to Georgia because it is something different down there about Georgia' and that's what he told me,' Dillworth said. Dillworth said he wants to see everything this weekend about Georgia. 'I want to make sure if I am going to go to Georgia that it is home,' he said. 'I don't want to go play anywhere I don't feel comfortable.' Academics will be large here. So will a true family feel. 'If my Mom doesn't like it, then I won't like it,' he said. 'I want to make sure my Momma likes it. Top facilities? I am not even worried about that. I want to go somewhere they can build me into a man. On and off the field. I want to grow into a man somewhere and be close with my coaches and my teammates. Just make sure we have a real good relationship.' Distance from home will not be a concern. So will playing for a championship program. His teammates call him 'Alligator' but he is not being courted by the Florida Gators. 'My friends and teammates call me Alligator' because I am always taking and snatching up all their tackles,' he said. 'I'm always taking all of their tackles away.' The post Raneiria Dillworth: Hyper fast LB gears up for his first big visit to UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS For the most part, there have been a lot of great moments and memories for the Georgia football program over the past four seasons. The Bulldogs won a lot of games, three straight SEC titles and a College Football Playoff game. There have also been some memorable trips and environments, such as the 2018 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma or either of the two Notre Dame games. So when we asked some of the 10 Georgia football players participating int he 2020 NFL Combine this week what their favorite memory was from their time at Georgia, they had a lot of great options to choose from. Some, like both Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift, went with the Rose Bowl given the epic ending as well as the overall environment around the game. Others such as Solomon Kindley and Jake Fromm picked out a specific play from one of the first games in their collegiate careers. Both were key members of Georgia's 2017 team that played in the national championship game against Alabama. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson gave a very specific example and why one win carries more weight than others. 'It felt like all of our hard work had paid off again,' Wilson said of Georgia's 34-17 win over Kentucky in 2018. 'In 2017, everyone just thought it was because we had a bunch of seniors and had a lot of old talent.' That win clinched the SEC East for Georgia for the second straight season. A long D'Andre Swift touchdown run put the Bulldogs up 28-3 in the third quarter, paving the way to a Georgia victory. 'In 2018, we woke everybody up again and said we're still here to fight,' Wilson said. Related: D'Andre Swift and his Georgia football offensive linemen all agree on his best run Only LSU and Ohio State sent more players to the NFL combine than the 10 Georgia sent. That number could've been even higher but a number of Bulldogs like Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes elected to return to Georgia for the 2020 season. The Bulldogs figure to once again be one of the top teams in 2020 when they open the season against Virginia on Sept. 7. Georgia football players share their favorite memories More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Former Georgia football running backs on Zamir White: He has to be ready to go early' Brian Herrien shares a perfect Nick Chubb story that captures Georgia football culture Georgia football podcast: Alabama insider floats conspiracy theory about Scott Cochran hire Nation's No. 2 LB Smael Mondon Jr. sees national championship' future for Georgia How college friends Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm didn't let competition ruin their NFL hopes Details of Georgia defensive lineman arrest emerge in UGA Police Department field case report Jake Fromm takes center stage at NFL combine, some experts already believers The post From Notre Dame to the Rose Bowl, Georgia football players recount their favorite moments appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS Solomon Kindley says the Atlanta Falcons like his game, and he's ready to show them even more in the Friday workouts at the NFL combine. Kindley, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and a trimmed down 336 pounds, could see his draft stock take a jump now that he's healthy. 'I'm really ready to show them who I am and what I'm about,' Kindley said at his podium interview at the Indianapolis Convention this week. Kindley suffered an injured ankle in the Bulldogs 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and missed three starts before being cleared to play. 'It really didn't feel right none of this season,' Kindley revealed. 'I played through the bowl game with a jacked up foot. So when I went to Pensacola (Fla., to train), I tried to get a lot of rehab and do things like that.' Kindley cut nine pounds off the 345 he played at this season, clearly a step slower than he was during a healthy sophomore campaign in 2018. Kindley said he's known for a while he was going to turn professional after his junior season. 'I wasn't close (to returning), to be honest, I already knew I was going to leave,' Kindley said. 'I felt like all I had to do was play pretty good, and the rest was history.' The Sugar Bowl, Kindley said, was a chance to close out his Georgia career in the right way. 'During the bowl game, I knew I was going pro,' Kindley said. 'The reason I wanted to play in that game was I wanted to end on a good note, because we'd lost to LSU in the SEC Championship. 'And I wanted to play with my brothers, with Trey (Hill) and George Pickens, because they're gonna be a really good team this year. I wanted to have one more hard-fought game with them boys.' Kindley said his talk with Atlanta went well. 'They say they like how I play, love how I play,' Kindley said. 'They say I'm a mauler, they love my game, and I have an informal (interview) with them. Kindley said he's also met with Green Bay, Seattle, Arizona, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville. The offensive line workouts begin at 4 p.m. on Friday (TV: NFL Network). Georgia offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson will take part in the workouts, as will tailbacks D'Andre Swift and Brian Herrien. Georgia OG Solomon Kindley DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH: Georgia offensive line mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar appeared first on DawgNation.