Georgia players on Mel Kiper’s big NFL draft board, position rankings
Georgia set a school record in the 2021 NFL Draft with nine players selected.
This year, Georgia is looking to break that number with potentially up to 15 players selected.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper recently updated his big chart, which features his top 25 players for the upcoming draft. It also tweaked its position ranking, where it ranks the best players at each position.
The big board has only two Georgian players, plus a former Bulldog. However, the position standings are littered with UGA defenders of the national title team.
BIG BOARD: No. 10, OF Travon Walker
Walker is a great example of why you shouldn’t just look at the stat sheet. It appears on tape, although it does not have a large production. The Georgian defense was packed with talent, so he wasn’t always the one receiving a tackle for a loss here or a sack there. But he was always around football and he blew up several games. Walker finished the season with six sacks, including two in college football playoff games. He could end up as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.
BIG BOARD: No. 11, Ex-UGA OLB Jermaine Johnson (traded to FSU)
He dominated in Mobile, Alabama (Senior Bowl), and looked like one of the top prospects there. He has the potential to be an excellent rusher at the next level. Johnson, who transferred from Georgia, finished the 2021 season with 12 sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s a classic defensive end with a certain turn and burst from the edge.
BIG BOARD: No. 23, DT Devonte Wyatt
Wyatt was a huge lifter during the pre-draft process, as he impressed in the Senior Bowl and then had a great practice at the combine. He’s only had five sacks in four college seasons, but many scouts believe he could thrive as a 3-technique penetrator at the next level. He has a good mix of speed and strength at the point of attack.
RB POSITIONS RANKING: RB ranked No. 3, James Cook
2021 stats: 113 carries, 728 yards, 27 receptions, 284 yards, 11 total touchdowns
WR POSITION RANKINGS: WR ranked #12, George Pickens
NFL.com Player Comparison: Lions WR Josh Reynolds
RANKING OG POSITIONS: OG ranked No. 6, Jamaree Salyer
Sayer has proven his versatility all season. Sayer played left tackle for the Bulldogs in 2021, but came into the guard position in the national championship game when Georgia struggled to get an inside push in the running game.
Salyer helped his NFL Draft stock with an impressive performance in the bench press event. The bench press is 225 pounds. Sayer surprisingly surpassed Ben Cleveland’s 30 bench reps in 2021.
RANKING OF POSITIONS: No. 3 ranked DE, Travon Walker
Georgia EDGE defenseman Travon Walker has moved up the NFL draft boards this season with strong performances at the NFL combine and UGA pro day.
Walker’s rise reached the top of the draft, where Athletic’s Dane Brugler said the UGA prospect could overtake Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson for the No. 1 overall pick – “A realistic possibility.”
DT POSITION RANKINGS: DT ranked No. 1, Devonte Wyatt
NFL.com Player Comparison: Houston Texans DL Maliek Collins
DT POSITION RANKINGS: DT ranked No. 2 Jordan Davis
Davis looks like a first-round lock in the 2022 NFL Draft. Davis finished his Georgia career with seven sacks and 91 total tackles. But its impact goes beyond the numbers. Davis was key to many elite defenses during his career with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle posted an official time of 4.78 in the 40-yard dash. Only teammate Devonte Wyatt (4.77) ran a faster 40-yard dash among defensive tackles.
ILB POSITION RANKING: 2nd in ILB ranking, Nakobe Dean
Butkus’ award-winning linebacker Nakobe Dean was the undisputed leader of Georgia’s dominating defense last season that helped lead the Bulldogs to a national title.
Dean’s acting was amazing to watch at times. From running backs behind the line of scrimmage to an interception return for a touchdown, Dean was seemingly always in the right spot.
ILB POSITION RANKING: 3rd ILB Ranking, Quay Walker
Height: 6 feet 4 inches
Weight: 241 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.52
Vertical jump: 32
Long jump: 10 feet, 2 inches
RANKING OF OLB POSITIONS: 3rd ranked OLB, Channing Tindall
Tindall is a taller linebacker with excellent speed and range. It’s built for the modern NFL. He recorded a career-high 67 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble in his final season with Georgia.
RANKING OF OLB POSITIONS: 12th ranked OLB, Adam Anderson
In October, before Anderson’s legal troubles, he ranked No. 2 on that same Kiper list.
KICKERS AND PUNTERS POSITION RANKINGS: No. 3, P Jake Camarda
Georgia Bulldogs punter Jake Camarda ran the 40-yard sprint faster than nine running backs and nine wide receivers.
Camarda ran a 40-yard sprint in 4.56 seconds (official time). Camarda is looking to be one of the only punters selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.