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January 5, 2013

Underclassmen from the SEC going to the NFL draft

While we wait for next Monday in Athens, we already know Jones and Ogletree are headed to the NFL. However, UGA players leaving for pro football aren't the only one's that have impact on Georgia.

From Draft Countdown:
Player
Position
College
Class
Alvin Bailey
OG
Arkansas
JR
Tyler Bray
QB
Tennessee
JR
Knile Davis
RB
Arkansas
JR
Matt Elam
S
Florida
JR
Sharrif Floyd
DT
Florida
JR
Justin Hunter
WR
Tennessee
JR
Jarvis Jones
OLB
Georgia
JR
Marcus Lattimore
RB
South Carolina
JR
Corey Lemonier
DE
Auburn
JR
Tyrann Mathieu
CB
ex-LSU
JR
Kevin Minter
ILB
L.S.U.
JR
Damontre Moore
DE
Texas A&M
JR
Alec Ogletree
ILB
Georgia
JR
Cordarrelle Patterson
WR
Tennessee
JR
Jordan Reed
TE
Florida
JR
Eric Reid
S
L.S.U.
JR
Sheldon Richardson
DT
Missouri
JR
Tharold Simon
CB
L.S.U.
JR
Spencer Ware
RB
L.S.U.
JR
Brad Wing
P
L.S.U.
SO

Of Georgia's 2013 opponents, LSU is losing six, Tennessee is losing three, South Carolina, Missouri, and Auburn are all losing one. Florida is losing three.  LSU is losing some pretty strong players, particularly Ware and Ried. Two of Florida's three are important parts of the Gators' defense this year.

But are there any three bigger players for a team than Tyler Bray, Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter?
Patterson and Hunter accounted for over 1850 of the Vols' 3787 yards of receiving this past year. When you consider they are also losing TE Mychal River and WR Zach Rogers to graduation, that is over 2/3 of their receiving yards and 185 of their 285 receptions.

As an aside, by my count, 20 of the 40 who have already declared are current or former SEC players (Da'Rick Rogers has declared), with Alabama yet to play. The date for Juniors to declare is January 15th.

TD

1 comments:

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