ATHENS — Georgia doesn’t have the biggest senior class of NFL prospects, but at least four stood out to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy at SEC Media Days.
DawgNation followed up with Nagy, a former NFL scout, after he listed Lawrence Cager, Rodrigo Blankenship, J.R. Reed and Brian Herrien on his first watch list back in April.
Cager, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound transfer from Miami, is among the more intriguing Bulldogs this season.
“A lot of it is based off the people we were talking to at Miami and what they thought of him, we saw him at practice, we saw some tape on him, he’s a big, long pass catcher, you put the ball up, he can make athletic plays,” Nagy said. “The biggest thing for Lawrence is just staying healthy. He should have a huge opportunity this year with so many receivers leaving Georgia and Jake Fromm a quarterback.”
Senior safety J.R. Reed sounds like a shoo-in and would have been invited last season had he gone pro. Outgoing juniors can play in the Senior Bowl if they have graduated, as Reed had at the end of the fall term.
“We took a look at J.R. last year, we got word that he might be coming out as junior and he had graduated, so he would have been eligible for the Senior Bowl,” Nagy said. “ He’s a really intriguing player, he’s got some versatility, so we like that.
“Charlie Woerner at tight end is another guy. Georgia has had a nice lineage of tight ends, I was at New England wth Ben Watson and he was a pretty good one.”
Woerner’s versatility as a blocker and adequate pass catcher is the sort of things many NFL teams look for.
Offensive coordinator James Coley indicated on Monday the Bulldogs will continue to build on and develop those NFL friendly strengths.
“Right now we have Charlie in different situations, wearing multiple hats and just seeing how much he can do,” Coley said. “I think Charlie has a really good skill set. I think who he is as a person makes him a better competitor, because he wants to be that good.”
Nagy added another new name to the list, along with senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.
“Tae Crowder, and Blankenship,” Nagy said. “Rarely do you put a kicker at the top of your Senior Bowl watch list, but Rodrigo is pretty darn good.”
Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy