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Which NFL team is the best landing spot for former Georgia running back Nick Chubb?

Draft Dawgs: Which NFL team is best fit for Georgia RB Nick Chubb?

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The best fit for Nick Chubb

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 week or so, 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 running back Nick Chubb.

Nick Chubb, RB

5-foot-10, 225 pounds

Projected: Rounds 3-4

Despite splitting carries for four years and more than a half-season missed with injury, Chubb still ended his Georgia career as the second-most prolific rusher in SEC history. He was just that damn good. And at one time, before that left knee injury during his sophomore season, Chubb seemed destined to be the first tailback picked in the NFL draft in whatever year he decided to enter. But when he returned from that injury, he had lost something. He was still an exceptional player, but lacked that explosiveness that made him truly special for a time.

Because of his physical gifts, Chubb stands to raise his stock significantly with strong performance at the NFL combine. He figures to be the most powerful running back at the combine and lead the group in the bench press. His main obstacle will be proving to teams he’s fully recovered from that knee injury, which he can do with strong showing in agility drills and the 40-yard dash. If he can impress scouts with his speed and quickness, there’s a chance he could jump into the second round and become one of the first running backs taken.

Best fit: Tennessee Titans

The Titans are trying to capture some of the 2017 Rams’ offensive magic by hiring coordinator Matt LaFleur to the same position. Although he didn’t call plays in Los Angeles, LaFleur oversaw the revitalization of not just the Rams’ offense, but also former Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Gurley even gave LaFleur his endorsement when he was hired by the Rams. LaFleur said he wants to establish the run to open the pass at Tennessee, and he’ll need a Gurley-like workhorse to do it. Demarco Murray could be released, and even if he isn’t, he’s not their future at tailback. Derrick Henry hasn’t done enough to lock himself in as a feature back without competition. With a new offense and spots up for grabs, Tennessee could be perfect for Chubb.

Next best fits: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Bucaneers

The best fit for … Roquan Smith | Trenton Thompson | Javon Wims | Lorenzo Carter

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History repeating

Justin Fields has been on campus for less than two months and hasn’t practiced with the team, but there’s already a quarterback controversy brewing in Athens. That’s just the nature of the beast these days. Ask Jake Fromm. There was a steady stream of speculation last offseason about whether or not he would beat Jacob Eason in direct competition before injury eventually forced the issue.

But quarterback competition like this isn’t new to Georgia. D.J. Shockley experienced it in the early 2000s, when he was playing the Justin Fields to David Greene’s Jake Fromm. From Chip Towers of DawgNation:

That’s exactly the scenario UGA had with Shockley and Greene in 2002. Shockley came in from North Clayton High School as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country to compete with Greene, who was the Bulldogs’ well-established starter and already had earned a place in UGA lore with a winning touchdown pass against Tennessee in the “Hobnail Boot” game.

“It’s eerily similar to what me and Greenie went through,” said Shockley, now a freelance television broadcaster covering the SEC, ACC and Atlanta Falcons. “You’ve got a guy who’s already proven himself. He’s been in there a year, he’s done it, he has the respect of his teammates. And then you have this hot-shot No. 1 or No. 2 quarterback in the country, speed guy from the city. Everybody’s excited; they wanted to see what he could do. Oh, yeah, it’s really close to me and Greenie and a lot of what we went through.”

Check out Towers’ post to read Shockley and Greene’s thoughts on Georgia’s current quarterback situation.

Former boss describes new UGA assistant Dan Lanning as ‘relentless’

If the words of Memphis coach Mike Norvell are to be believed, Georgia got a good one in his former assistant Dan Lanning. From Jake Rowe of Dawgs247:

“Dan’s a relentless person,” Norvell said of Lanning. “He’s a self-made man. He’s worked his way up. He’s maximized every opportunity but he does it for the right reasons. He pours everything he has into his players and into his family and the job opportunity that’s in front of him. I hated to lose Dan selfishly for the job but also I’m so excited for him about the opportunity and that’s what I told Coach [Kirby] Smart when he called — that he was getting a special person; not only that’ll be a great coach but also a person for his staff and the community.”

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