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RB target Kenny McIntosh breaks down his UGA interest prior to his official visit
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RB target Kenny McIntosh breaks down his UGA interest prior to his official visit

RB target Kenny McIntosh breaks down his UGA interest prior to his official visit

RB target Kenny McIntosh breaks down his UGA interest prior to his official visit

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Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week.   This offering will be a  get-to-know briefing on weekend official visitor Kenny McIntosh. The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) standout has been on officials to Auburn and Oklahoma earlier this season. 

Kenny McIntosh will be one of several official visitors on UGA’s biggest in-season recruiting weekend. His University High Sharks (9-1) will not play again until Nov. 16. That means his official visit will begin at some point on Friday.

He rates as the nation’s No. 10 RB prospect and No. 186 overall on the 247Sports Composite. Do you feel there may have been times this season when UGA could have used a big back with his 215-plus pounds in short yardage situations?

Those that do will watch this visit closely.

“Georgia has definitely been preaching to me how they need a big back over 200 pounds,” he said. “They said they have been needing that and I see how they need that. They need a four-down back who can stay in there and block and run routes. They’ve been preaching that to me for the longest now.”

Here is an opening cache of quick-hit Intel with Mr. McIntosh:

  • Shared his height and weight at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, respectively.
  • McIntosh picked up his “Blueprint” nickname in youth football. He estimates he was seven or eight years old at the time.
  • His older brother, R.J. McIntosh, played on the DL for Miami. He was picked by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Another brother, Deon, signed with Notre Dame in 2016. He’s now at the JUCO level at East Mississippi Community College.
  • “Kenny Mac” is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. It runs in his family.
  • When asked about his pedestrian times in the 40-yard dash, he showed a lot of maturity in addressing those questions.
  • It is doubtful that a perfect visit this weekend will be enough to inspire a public commitment. McIntosh plans to sign on the old-school National Signing Day but might make a public commitment prior to that Feb. 6 date.
  • The University High standout has released a top 8 but it sounds like he’s down to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Oklahoma.
  • It seems the Oklahoma official ranks as a tick or two more entertaining than the Auburn trip for the LSU game this season. Why? “The atmosphere at Oklahoma was just amazing,” he said. “Being around those fans and all the players and the coaches was something. The fans were awesome. They knew me. They were all over me and took pictures and showed a lot of love. Auburn was pretty much like that, but just not as much as it was at Oklahoma.”

What stands out to Kenny McIntosh about UGA?

First of all, we need to cover that “Blueprint” nickname with clarity. That is a good one.

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South Florida RB Kenny McIntosh rates as the nation’s No. 10 RB prospect for the 2019 class on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (Student Sports/Special)

It was not a nod to a timeless Jay-Z album.

That was bestowed on him by a public address announcer from his youth ball days.

“We were playing with my older brothers and all those guys had nicknames like ‘Touchdown Tyson’ and other names,” he said. “We had an announcer at our games and there was one particular play. I was balling that day running all over those boys. I just heard him call me ‘Blueprint’ and it just stuck from there.”

He’s not exactly sure of its origin.

“It was basically I guess that I played a bunch of positions he felt that I was like a blueprint,” McIntosh said. “The blueprint on the field was the guy that showed you how things were supposed to get done. I never asked him about it, but we think that was what he meant by that.”

How does he feel about UGA heading into this official? He knows it is a cradle for elite backs.

“I know that [Georgia] is known as ‘R.B.U’ in some people’s eyes,” he said. “I know that they run the ball. They will definitely run the ball and get the backs involved early in the game.”

Georgia assistant coach Dell McGee apparently has his Google Drive flex on point when it comes to slideshows and highlights clips. Or at least somebody in Athens does.

“I’ve been up there before and they told me how they want to use me in their offense and that’s pretty much what I want to know from every school,” McIntosh said. “They showed me how they would use me in their offense. To be honest, Georgia was the main school that really broke it down to me.”

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Dell McGee has distinguished the Bulldogs yet again in the way he recruits 4-star RB target, Kenny McIntosh. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“My parents and I thought about it and they loved it. We really loved how they had film of me playing in a ‘Google Drive’ or whatever it is called already and they showed me all their data on NFL players and stuff on the guys who had been through Georgia.”

McIntosh said he does not have a private leader. McGee has once again distinguished the program by the work he has done here.

“That’s my guy right there, man,” McIntosh said. “I talk to him almost every day. He played ball [at Auburn] with one of my [high school] coaches so my coach and I talk about that. How he was a ‘DB’ back in the day and how they used to get along and how real he was back then.”

“Our relationship is great with just me and [coach McGee] alone so that just takes it to another level with all of that. I can see it continuing to build.”

How UGA has recruited Kenny McIntosh this cycle

The shoot-from-the-hip thinking might be that the Bulldogs came back to McIntosh and other targets like 4-star RB Noah Cain  after 5-star RB commit John Emery Jr. chose to de-commit on Oct. 2.

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What is the favorite color for Kenny McIntosh? It actually isn’t blue. He said it was red. (Student Sports/Special)

That “hot take” will be frosty. McIntosh feels UGA has consistently pursued him.

“Coach McGee has been talking to me for a while now,” he said. “Coach McGee and I have never fallen off.”

He described what that might feel like. Ohio State was a contender at one time, but he feels that program trailed off after picking up two pledges at his position.

When they lost one of those, the Buckeyes came back around to check on him.

“That never happened with Coach McGee,” he said. “We kept talking even when UGA got a commitment at running back. Even if he was still committed, that wasn’t going to change the fact of me going to Georgia if that’s the best place for me.”

McIntosh made that very clear.

“My Dad told me to never be scared of other players on a team no matter how good they are,” he said. “They put on their pants the same way that I do.”

“Competing isn’t a thing to me. I’ve got two older brothers. one of them went to Notre Dame and the other one is in the NFL. I’ve been competing and trying to get as good as them and all the older boys their age all my life. Competing is nothing to me. I expect to be competing. My iron has already been sharpened by iron growing up in my neighborhood playing with all the older boys.”

McIntosh wants to wear No. 1. That’s been a special number for him all his life. If he winds up at Georgia, he may have to wait to inherit that one from Justin Fields, though.

The program’s ties in South Florida now allow the chance for established relationships between current Bulldogs and the next wave of talent in that area. McIntosh, whose first name is actually Kenneth, says he has a line of communication with freshman RB James Cook.

“James Cook and I talked a while ago,” McIntosh said. “He said it was awesome and it was amazing up there.”

He also had a conversation with elite CB target Tyrique Stevenson about UGA.

“That’s my boy,” McIntosh said. “He and I were just on the phone with one other the other day. He and I talked one time about going to Georgia. We said that was the place to be and stuff. We have been talking for a while about that.”

Kenny McIntosh in a nutshell

It bears taking a minute to evaluate his film and to share his thinking on those slow 40-yard dash times.

Slow feet don’t eat in South Florida. And they especially don’t return punts. But the viewer will find McIntosh doing just that on the first clip on his junior year highlight reel.

McIntosh has been clocked around the 4.8-to-4.9 mark for the 40 on the laser at the Nike Opening and at other places. He moves a lot better than a 4.9 guy on film in those clips.

I did like how he owned up to those times. He didn’t blame an injury or a slip or nothing of the sort.

“I haven’t really taken the time out to train for the 40 and work on the stance and stuff like that,” he said. “My brothers have been doing stuff like that. I haven’t really focused on that, but the work at that right there is coming. I’m definitely going to take the time out there to focus on that and get that right.”

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Kenny McIntosh saw one brother sign with Notre Dame. His older brother, R.J., was just drafted by the New York Giants. (Student Sports/Special)

He sees himself as one of those four-down RBs. Especially the 4th-and-1 option.

The 4-star prospect said he doesn’t get many wake-up hits from defenders. “Kenny Mac” feels he can break out the hit stick, but also run by or make that defender miss in the open field.

“To be honest I’m known for a little of both,” he said. “Running around or through them or shaking people. I can do both, but I prefer shaking them.”

McIntosh didn’t mind claiming the title that he was the best football-playing brother in the family. That’s with one brother he signed with Notre Dame and another who just got drafted up by the NFL.

He said he was born to excel at the game and came out of the womb making plays with a ball in his hands.

“The youngest brother is always the best,” he said. “You can ask them that, too. They will say that as well. They know it is true.”

McIntosh likes to dress well. He’s got an affinity for designer clothing. Look for him to dial in the wares of a business, communications or public relations major at UGA this weekend.

“My main goal after my education is to win a Heisman Trophy,” he said. “I definitely want to go to a school that’s known for winning Heismans.”

Did you watch “Before the Hedges” show this week?

The weekly live DawgNation “Before the Hedges” recruiting show is not just a Facebook thing.

It will stream on Twitter and YouTube, too. This week offered the chance for Brandon Adams to shepherd a discussion about the biggest recruiting visit weekend of the year.

This week’s show has:

  • Recruiting target RSVPs for Auburn (officials and unofficials)
  • Audio from 5-star Nakobe Dean and McIntosh previewing their officials
  • Definitive thoughts from 5-star Christopher Hinton about Michigan
  • A new “Reel Talk” segment on 4-star junior WR Jermaine Burton
  • The weekly ‘”6-Pack” game where Brandon shows off his UGA football I.Q.
  • The revised “Speed round” where we take as many of your questions as we can

We crammed more into the show this week than most find on a late-night Waffle House plate.

Quick UGA recruiting hits on a few 2019 commits

  • 4-star junior college DE Jermaine Johnson is vastly talented. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder has rare agility, acceleration and speed for a man his size. But his second season at Independence Community College will not have a storybook ending.
  • The Pirates (now Netflix-famous with the new incarnation of “Last Chance U” this year) are the not-so-proud owners of an eight-game losing streak. The Pirates (1-9) have dropped six of those contests by less than 10 points.
  • Johnson still has 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his nine games this year at Indy.
  • Georgia 2019 commit Xavier Truss plays for the state championship in his classification on Sunday.
  • The 6-foot-7 Truss is the highest-rated player in Rhode Island high school football history. But doesn’t it seems a bit weird to hear of a state title game for a UGA commit this early in November?
  • 2019 QB commit John Rhys Plumlee got a healthy dose of respect from the recruiting industry. He is now classified as a 4-star dual-threat QB. That’s a departure from his status as an ATH on the 247Sports Composite ratings. Plumlee now rates as the nation’s No. 8 dual-threat QB.
  • The Oak Grove (Miss.) senior has completed 140 of his 215 attempts (65 percent) for 2,036 yards. He has put up 24 touchdowns passes against just two interceptions. Plumlee has also used his 4.4 speed to amass 922 rushing yards and 100 carries for another 12 touchdowns.
  • Those totals are a big leap from his junior year. He threw for just 14 touchdowns along an injury-riddled year in which he also was picked off nine times. Plumlee will also play baseball at UGA.
  • Bulldog commit Rian “Trouble” Davis is out with a season-ending ACL injury, but the prospect has seen his ratings rise despite that. He slots as the nation’s No. 3 OLB prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings. The Wekiva High School senior (Apopka, Fla.) will start out at ILB for the Bulldogs.

 

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.

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  • 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.