ATHENS — Georgia football is loaded with talent, and the NFL general managers and scouts are tuned in.
Pro Football Network put out its early two-round mock draft last week, and cornerback Tyson Campbell was the eye-opening projection for many Georgia fans, as he’s listed as the No 13 overall pick (Tampa Bay).
Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound speedster, played in just nine of 14 games last season on account of a foot injury. He was off to a strong start in 2019, physical in run support, and steady in coverage.
Campbell ranks as one of the fastest men on the UGA football team, and that speed along with his length and size, makes the former 5-star an attractive NFL prospect.
Campbell will be competing for playing time with incumbent Eric Stokes, and DJ Daniel. It was Daniel who replaced Campbell in the starting lineup last season.
Quarterback Jamie Newman is also projected in the first round (No. 26, Pittsburgh) along with safety Richard LeCounte (No. 28, Dallas).
The Pro Football Network site lists Stokes as a second round pick (No. 34 overall), along with middle linebacker Monty Rice (No. 61).
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy told DawgNation last Tuesday that LeCounte and Rice are already high on the all-star game’s selection board.
The draftstite.com 2021 NFL Mock Draft also put out its projections.
That website starts out with Newman as the top Bulldog in the draft, projecting him to the New England Patriots with the 23rd overall selection next season.
Newman, from Wake Forest, is 6-4, 230, and according to Pro Football Focus rankings his 2019 metrics have him ranked third among returning quarterbacks behind Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.
Draftsite.com has Lawrence going No. 1 next season in the draft (Jacksonville), and Fields going No. 2 overall (Detroit).
The website predicts Campbell will be the second UGA player off the board, No. 42 overall in the second round, with offensive guard Ben Cleveland next at No. 53 overall.
LeCounte is expected to go until the third round, according to draftsite.com (No. 73), with Stokes projected as a fourth-round pick (No. 112).
Inside linebacker Quay Walker, who will be competing for a starting spot in fall camp, is a projected sixth round pick, with Malik Herring, DJ Daniel and Rice are listed as seventh round picks.
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