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What the remaining 2021 NFL Draft decisions mean for Georgia football
JT Daniels: This one is the most obvious. Should Daniels return, he’ll look to continue to lead Georgia’s offense after doing so in the final four games of the season.
Daniels made a curious Instagram post on Monday, hinting but not confirming that he would be back for the 2021 season.
An extra year could really help Daniels improve on his draft stock, especially if he improves on some of the little things going into the 2021 season. With Daniels as QB1, Georgia averaged 37 points and 486 yards per game. He threw for 1,231 yards, 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.
Another year at Georgia would also be another year that Daniels is removed from the knee injury and surgeries he had while at USC.
Should Daniels declare for the draft, it puts Georgia in a bind at quarterback. The Bulldogs bring in 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff and will see Stetson Bennett and Carson Beck return. We saw though what Bennett could do as a starter and that would be putting a lot on either Beck or Vandagriff.
No player would have a greater impact on Georgia’s College Football Playoff chances next season than Daniels. Landing him would put a lot of wind in the sails of the Georgia program this offseason.
Jordan Davis: Consider Davis the Daniels of the defense. Watch the Cincinnati or Missouri games and you can see the impact the 6-foot-6, 330-pound defensive tackle brings.
Against the Bearcats, he picked up his first sack of the season and blocked a field goal. The Bulldogs once again had the nation’s No. 1 rush defense in the country, with Davis at the center of it.
Georgia will already lose Eric Stokes, DJ Daniel, Richard LeCounte and Mark Webb. It could also lose Campbell if he decides to jump to the NFL.
Georgia did have Campbell in the Peach Bowl win and the junior cornerback did have a key pass break-up. Campbell didn’t have the greatest of junior seasons but he posses the length and speed NFL teams covet.
With Campbell in the 2021 secondary, Kirby Smart can rest a little easier. Georgia does bring back both safeties in Lewis Cine and Chris Smith. Tyrique Stevenson will be an interesting piece as he can play at the star position or possibly at cornerback as he did for Georgia in the Peach Bowl.
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If Campbell does go pro, the Bulldogs will at best be putting multiple unknowns into the starting secondary. Latavious Brinni played at the star position in the Peach Bowl and improved over the course of the game.
Four other names to know from the 2020 team include Ameer Speed, Daran Branch, Jalen Kimber and Kelee Ringo.