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WATCH: Even with more raw talent and recruiting wins, questions still remain at wide receiver

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Georgia football still has wide receiver questions, even if it has more raw talent

If there was one glaring weakness we really learned from Georgia’s 37-10 defeat against LSU, it’s that Georgia pretty clearly needed better wide receiver play. With no Lawrence Cager, Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens, it was very apparent that the Bulldogs lacked the playmakers to take down the Tigers.

It was so clear in fact that 4-star wide receiver Arian Smith knew that was the school for him to commit to, as he recounted to DawgNation in December.

Related: Arian Smith and Kirby Smart: The big news the day after that ‘L’ versus LSU

Smith went on to be one of five wide receivers Georgia landed in its 2020 recruiting class. He’s also one of three that finished among the top-100 overall prospects according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, as he’s joined by Marcus Rosemy and Jermaine Burton.

That now brings the number of top-100 overall recruits in Georgia’s wide receiver room to six, doubling the number from a season ago. On Georgia’s 2020 roster, only the offensive line and running backs have a better percentage of the position group made up of top-100 recruits.

Position Raw Top 100 players Total scholarship players Percent of Top 100 players at position
QB 0 4 0 percent
RB 3 5 60 percent
WR 6 13 46 Percent
TE 1 5 20 percent
OL 8 16 50 percent
DL 4 13 31 percent
LB 6 14 42 percent
DB 5 16 31 percent

And the Bulldogs only have to look back to last season at some of the benefits of having wide receivers that were that talented. Pickens and Blaylock both fit the bill and each went on to have successful freshman campaigns.

Georgia will certainly need something similar from one of the five freshman wide receivers — the Bulldogs also signed Ladd McConkey and Justin Robinson — in 2020 if Georgia is going to achieve some of its loftier team goals.

Part of that reason is that there are still questions about Pickens — can he stay on the field for Georgia while continuing to play like a No. 1 receiver — and Blaylock — who is coming off an ACL injury in that LSU game — entering the 2020 season. It’s not like these two have achieved say what Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smitha have.

Factor in what Georgia lost in Lawrence Cager and the wide receiver position is still a large question mark. Especially when factoring in that Jake Fromm’s completion percentage dipped from 76 percent to 53 percent when Cager was not on the field.

And as we explain in the video below, being a top-100 recruit does not guarantee you success at the college level. That’s why it’s critical for Georgia to continue to land elite prospects in bulk and not just one or two every so often as it had been doing prior to the 2020 signing class.

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