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Former 5-star OG prospect Jamaree Salyer turned into an All-American OT at UGA. The extremely versatile OL is expected to be picked in the third round in this week's 2022 NFL Draft. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation)

Jamaree Salyer: The championship road from the nation’s No. 1 OG to an All-American OT in the SEC

DawgNation is publishing a series of stories of the Georgia football NFL Draft prospects leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft. Jordan Davis kickstarted the series and was followed by Lewis Cine and DeVont’e Wyatt. This DawgNation profile will be on one of the 2021 team’s four permanent captains in Jamaree Salyer.

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Just Trying. To Get. My Momma. A. House.

That’s been the Jamaree Salyer plan for the longest time. Likely about as long as he grew up watching Larry Allen eviscerate and humiliate grown 330-pound men for a certain NFC East team.

Work hard. Work Smart and smart. Put his head down and grind. Throw in a mess of talent and size and strength in the air fryer with all of that. Cook it all up across his time at Georgia as an anchor recruit of the much-heralded 2018 signing class.

That’s a recipe the permanent 2021 Georgia team captain has always gotten down with. He wanted to win a championship at Georgia and exit Athens as a highly-sought NFL Draft prospect at his position.

That’s been the plan, but it has had some sharp twists and turns along the way.

The details along the way weren’t quite as expected but that talented mess of intelligence, planning, size, strength and technique won out.

If he could write a letter to his 18-year-old self about his time to come to Athens, he shared a few nuggets of big man wisdom.

“I’d just tell him to be patient,” Salyer told DawgNation recently. “Be patient mentally. Be patient spiritually. Be patient emotionally. College is different. I’d tell him to get out more. I’d tell him don’t be a homebody so much. Just take in every moment because they go by really fast.”

“I know that’s the old cliche thing that most older people say to young people, but in this instance it did. All of it went by fast. I’d just tell him to enjoy every moment. Don’t take any day for granted. Just understand where you are. Understand how blessed you are to be in this moment. Because it is going.”

Salyer snapped his fingers quickly to convey that point.

“It still is. I’d just tell him to enjoy it, man. It is definitely something special. I do realize it now being removed from it [while he is training for the NFL Draft] that it is starting to hit me that time was special. The bonds I made were special. The people I met were special. The practices were special. They sucked but they were special and definitely Saturday between the hedges and beyond was definitely special.”

The former 5-star is seen as a highly-versatile offensive line prospect in the NFL. Most of the teams he has met with have been curious about what he can do at tackle, but more interested in what he can do as an offensive guard. There’s also the strong possibility he could spend a lot of his NFL career at center.

Draft him. Figure it out. There are very few high-value interior OL prospects that have also shown they can stonewall No. 1 overall pick prospects (See: The Orange Bowl and Aiden Hutchenson) for an entire game while on that island out there at left tackle and also do the same in the rugged SEC.

A lot of the NFL Mock Draft chatter has Salyer going somewhere around the Nos. 75-110 picks in this week’s NFL Draft. If that’s the case, he would come off the board in the third or fourth rounds.

January 10, 2022 Indianapolis, IN - Georgia's offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer (69) celebrates after Georgia beat Alabama to win 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10, 2022. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
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Jamaree Salyer: The championship road to glory in Athens

Salyer came to Athens as part of the prized 2018 recruiting class. That was the one that finally wrestled the mythical recruiting team championship away from Alabama.

The Bulldogs signed a total of seven prospects with a 5-star rating in the 2018 cycle. That was a new record. They would up signing the nation’s Nos. 2, No. 9, No. 10, No. 12, No. 18, No. 22, No. 23, No. 31, No. 41, No. 51, No. 62 and No. 87 prospects in the country.

It was especially rich with the All-American type guys. Georgia wound up signing nine of the nation’s top 41 overall prospects in that cycle.

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