ATHENS — Kirby Smart is known best as a defensive coach, having recruited, developed, coordinated and coached some of the best units in recent history.
The Georgia head coach saw his masterpiece, the 2021 unit coordinated by former DC and current Oregon head coach Dan Lanning, shattering NFL records.
There were an unprecedented five first-round NFL draft picks and eight defensive players selected out of the record-breaking class of 15 draftees.
UGA produced the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award winner in team leader Jordan Davis, while linebacker Nakobe Dean captured the prestigious Butkus Award.
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