Former Georgia stars could dominate the NFL scouting combine, but arguably no one has a chance to improve his draft fortunes more than tight end Isaac Nauta.
There aren’t many 5-star prospects at the tight end postion, but Nauta was one for the class of 2016. However, many Bulldogs fans would likely say UGA didn’t use Nauta’s athleticism and skill set enough while he was on campus.
Nauta has a chance at the combine to prove he should’ve gotten more touches while at UGA, and in the process he could set himself up to become a high draft pick.
The debate about using Nauta became heated enough that UGA coach Kirby Smart weighed in at one point regarding his frustration about continually being asked about how he was using tight ends.
“I am so tired of the tight end questions,” Smart said last April. “If they give us — like — 14 points for Isaac Nauta Nauta to score a touchdown we’ll start throwing it to him more… right now we’re just trying to score points, and if that includes the tight ends that’s great.”
What some fans might not realize is Nauta actually became quite productive last season. He was third on the team in 2018 with 30 catches for 430 yards — three of those receptions went for touchdowns.
Therefore, the new debate around UGA probably won’t be why UGA isn’t using its tight ends. Instead it will probably center around whether UGA has a candidate to replace Nauta on this year’s roster.
That was the subject of Friday’s edition of DN90.
Former UGA tight end — and NFL veteran — Randy McMichael challenged Charlie Woerner, the likely successor to Nauta, to embrace an expanded role this upcoming season. McMichael also explained why stepping up into a high-profile spot comes with some built-in challenges.
Take a look at the video linked above to see what McMichael had to say about Woerner.