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The best fit for Javon Wims
The 2018 NFL Draft figures to be a historic one for Georgia football. Ten former Bulldogs are invited to work out at the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis. If all 10 are drafted, it would be the largest draft class in UGA history.
During draft season, a lot of folks try to figure out which players are the best fits for each team. But we’re taking the opposite approach and figuring out which team is the best fit for each player. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give you a Bulldogs-by-Bulldogs look at which NFL team is most likely to help each reach their full potential. Here’s a look at wide receiver Javon Wims.
Javon Wims, WR
6-foot-4, 215 pounds,
Projected: Rounds 3-5
Wims only spent two seasons in Athens, but that was more than enough time to make his mark. In his senior season, the JUCO transfer became the most-reliable receiver on the roster with a team-leading 720 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. He also established himself as a consistent provider of highlight-reel snags, thanks to his incredible body control and strong hands. Those two assets make him especially dangerous when fighting for balls along the sideline and in the red zone.
The best fit: Carolina Panthers
Carolina desperately needs new targets for Cam Newton. Devin Funchess is entering a contract year and 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel is coming off a rookie season in which he didn’t see much action. After those two, the Panthers don’t have much at wide receiver. Wims could be a good option for them in the middle rounds. Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner runs a vertical offense and needs deep threats. And while Wims was never a true deep threat at UGA, his speed, size and hands give him the potential to be one. At the very least, he would be a threat along the sidelines, opening more opportunities for tight end Greg Olsen across the middle of the field.
The next best fits: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams
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Staff continuity another major difference between UGA and Alabama
At this point, nothing can be done to stop the constant comparing and contrasting of Georgia and Alabama. Seth Emerson of DawgNation took a look at one of the biggest differences between the two programs that has emerged this offseason: staff continuity.
Someone in the industry pointed this out to me this week: Tosh Lupoi is the only assistant coach remaining from the Alabama staff that won the national championship in 2016. Since then, [Nick] Saban has brought in nine new assistants, in part to replace four assistants who left for jobs as head coaches: [Kirby] Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Lane Kiffin and Mario Cristobal.
Georgia, meanwhile, will have three new coaches this offseason, but only lost two from last year: Kevin Sherrer and Shane Beamer, who each moved on to more prominent roles. Georgia was able to fend off the programs that pursued some of Smart’s other valuable assistants, which is why a number of them got substantial raises.
So how much will that help?
You should read Emerson’s post and chase it with this post from Senator Blutarsky of Get The Picture. The Senator does a nice job of explaining why the high turnover at Alabama might not be a big deal at this stage in Saban’s tenure.
New assistant Cortez Hankton could be a ‘superstar’
New UGA assistant coach Cortez Hankton is a coaching “superstar” in the making. That’s according to Hankton’s former boss and future opponent, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, who spoke to reporters at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia coaches clinic last Friday. From Jake Rowe of Dawgs247:
“Cortez is phenomenal,” Mason said of the new Bulldogs’ assistant coach. “… Cortez left Vanderbilt better than the way he found it. He recruited well. He coached well. His ability to get young men from the way they are to the way they need to be is why Georgia came and got him.” …
“I thought Dartmouth was a great start for him,” Mason said. “His football IQ was through the roof but just the polish and the finish, the edges really got smoothed out and Cortez is going to be a superstar. I think he’s going to be a coordinator in a couple of years and go on to be a head coach.
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