Best Georgia football player entering 2020 season, per advance metrics ….
ATHENS — What if someone told you the best player on the current Georgia football team has yet to take a game snap for the Bulldogs?
That’s exactly what the metrics wizards at Pro Football Focus (PFF) are suggesting in their most recent piece.
“Most don’t recognize the magnitude of Newman opting to transfer from Wake Forest to Georgia, but it’s massive,” author Anthony Treash penned.
“Newman is an athletic player who is known for his rushing ability, but his arm talent simply does not get enough credit.”
Apparently neither does Newman’s dancing, as the graduate transfer showcased during a recent Tik Tok video after making a trick shot with a football through a basketball hoop.
— MikeGriffith32 (@MikeGriffith32) April 5, 2020
In all seriousness, PFF has been all over the metrics that warrant their selection of Newman as Top Bulldog. The metrics indicate Newman had the second-best tight window throw rating and deep throwing rating last season, behind only departed LSU QB Joe Burrow.
Indeed, Newman averaged more offensive yards per game last season than former UGA backup and current Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
There are several ways to judge “best player,” however, and the DawgNation team held a draft of current Georgia players with its four experts and safety Richard LeCounte was the No. 1 pick.
Receiver George Pickens went No. 2, and then was the choice of the fans when asked who their number one pick would be off the Georgia football team.
Here’s a look at the best players off other SEC teams, per PFF ratings:
Alabama: WR DeVonta Smith
Arkansas: WR Treylon Burks
Auburn: CB Roger McCreary
Florida: CB Kaiir Elam
Kentucky: CB Brandin Echols
LSU: CB Derek Stingley Jr.
Mississippi State: QB K.J. Costello
Missouri: LB Nick Bolton
South Carolina: CB Isreal Mukuamu
Tennessee: CB Shawn Shamburger
Texas A&M QB: Kellen Mond
Vanderbilt: CB Jaylen Mahoney