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Georgia senior cornerback DJ Daniel is considered one of the Bulldogs' top NFL prospects entering the 2020 season.

Georgia football’s ESPN preseason NFL draft grades, beat writer insight

ATHENS — Preseason NFL draft expectations are in, and ESPN’s Todd McShay has plenty of Georgia Bulldogs in his position rankings entering the 2020 season, per his recent pay site article.

Senior inside linebacker Monty Rice is the highest-rated Georgia player at this time, according to McShay, coming in at No. 45 overall.

Senior cornerback DJ Daniel is the only other UGA player in the Top 50 of McShay’s rankings, at No. 49.

The rankings of Rice and Daniel are in line with national scouting service, so it also bears mentioning that Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes don’t yet have grades.

Indeed, junior cornerbacks Campbell and Stokes are both the sort to test out well in a combine setting with their elite speed, arguably the fastest players on the Bulldogs’ team not named Arian Smith.

Here’s a look at where McShay has Georgia players in his positional rankings, which he went 10-deep on, and Mike Griffith’s comments on each group.

Quarterback

No. 6 Jamie Newman  (81 overall)

MG: Big year for Newman to work in more of a pro-style offense, must show he can complete the intermediate pass and manage pre-snap reads. Could JT Daniels get enough action to be draftable?

RELATED: Newman showcases big arm, backs up offseason hype

Running back

No one in McShay’s Top 10.

MG: Junior James Cook could have quite an audition with his versatile skills in Todd Monken’s offense. Junior Zamir White needs to show he can run routes and catch the ball consistently and stay healthy.

RELATED: James Cook likely key in Georgia’s explosive game plan

Wide receiver

No one in McShay’s Top 10.

MG: Senior Demetris Robertson needs healthy season to regain world class speed, has opportunity to show scouts he can beat press coverage and make yards after the catch.

RELATED: Demetris Robertson ‘stepped it up’ last offseason

Tight end

No one in McShay’s Top 10.

MG: Senior Florida State grad transfer Tre’ McKitty is a name to watch for, a 6-5, 245-pounder who has opened eyes and could be this season’s version of Lawrence Cager.

RELATED: What makes Tre’ McKitty an ‘NFL Guy’

Offensive tackle

No one in McShay’s Top 10.

MG: Junior Jamaree Salyer would be a rapid riser if he proves he can play in space at 6-4, 325.

Offensive guard

No one in McShay’s Top 10

MG: Senior Justin Shaffer looks to put a neck injury behind him, and he had strong winter camp and in position to be in NFL at this time next year.

RELATED: Jamaree Salyer grows into clubhouse leader

Center

No one in McShay’s Top 10

MG: Junior Trey Hill is solid and cerebral, but getting muscled around by a true freshman in drill work shows there’s still work to be done before he’s NFL ready.

RELATED: Trey Hill locks horn with powerful freshman D-lineman

Defensive tackle

No. 8 Devonte Wyatt (117)

MG: Wyatt, a senior, had some serious production numbers last season in his limited snaps. Don’t be surprised to see his stock go up and junior Jordan Davis jump into the rankings by end of season.

RELATED: Buy in now, Georgia D-Line with Wyatt, Walker, Herring, Davis

Defensive end

No one in McShay’s Top 10

MG: NFL scouts know the name “Malik Herring” even if McShay doesn’t at this stage. Expect Herring to quietly improve his stock while spitting reps on deep Georgia D-Line.

RELATED: Herring makes case as Georgia’s most underrated defender

Outside linebacker

No one in McShay’s Top 10

MG: Senior Jermaine Johnson put in the offseason work and should produce film that puts him on the periphery of Top 10 OLBs. Redshirt sophomore Azeez Ojulari should already be there.

RELATED: Ojulari one of 4 SEC players named Freshman of Year semifinalist

Inside linebacker

No. 6 Monty Rice (45)

MG: Rice is strong and solid but needs to show more play-making by inducing turnovers and finishing on potential sacks if he’s to move up this list. Rice has yet to record an interception in his career.

RELATED: Monty Rice proof of Georgia’s invisible offseason progress

Cornerback

No. 7 DJ Daniel (49)

MG: Daniel is technique sound and tough, strong in run support. But as mentioned above, Campbell and Stokes are longer and faster and will challenge for draft grade supremacy.

RELATED: Georgia strikes gold with pivotal transfers like Daniel

Safety

No. 5 Richard LeCounte (70)

MG: LeCounte is underrated at No. 5 in this position group, but that will take care of itself this season as the senior is on top of this game and has Kirby Smart behind him.

RELATED: LeCounte explains why senior season at UGA ‘something special’

 

 

 

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