Georgia thinks: which bulldog could Packers GM Brian Gutekunst choose in 2023?

The Georgia Bulldogs have selected 14 defenders in the last two NFL drafts, three of whom have been selected by the Green Bay Packers.

Brian Gutekunst chose Eric Stokes in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The CEO of Green Bay Packers elected Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.

“We kept Gd on the helmet,” Gutekunst said after the election of Walker and Wyatt on April 28th. “Apparently they have had a lot of success in Athens.”

The Bulldogs have plenty of talent for defending the ball again this fall. Does this talent keep Gutekart going south? Here are the defensive prospects Packers fans should learn about the upcoming college football season.

(Note: Jalen Carter and Kelee Ringo are the top 10 choices and are not listed in this preview).

Nolan Smith, Edge

If the Packers choose the Georgia Bulldog for the third year in a row, Smith must be an early favorite. Georgia’s winger would probably have been the second-day choice, or possibly the late first-round choice, if he had announced the 2022 NFL draft.

During the first two seasons on campus, Smith carried five bags. Last season, Smith received 56 hits, nine losses and 3.5 bags.

Smith has a quick first step and speed to win the curve. Although Smith is undersized (235 pounds), Smith resists the run and is strong at the point of attack.

“As for the 2022 defense, Georgia is incredibly lucky that Smith decided to return to earn his degree,” said Jordan Hill, a writer for Georgia rankings at Dawgs247. “Smith is a well-known commodity in Georgia’s defense industry that generally lacks it this fall (Georgia lost 8 starters in 2021) and its leadership cannot be overstated. The fact that it weighs £ 6,235 is 6 feet and has an excellent passing ability, he is highly regarded by the outfield, while a fresh batch of internal defenders find their way to the field.

Christopher Smith, S

Smith finished last season with three innings and seven passes. The former track athlete does things like a wide receiver at the capture point. He has an extraordinary blow to close the football.

Smith is a smooth athlete and shows outstanding reach. Smith’s trump card is his ability to reflect. He is not a heavy striker like his former teammate and current Minnesota Viking Lewis Cine.

“Christopher Smith may not make such hits as his security partner Lewis Cine did during Cine’s stay in Georgia, but he has been a reflection of the Bulldogs,” Hill said. “For Pro Football Focus, Smith promised 51.1 feeder ratings in coverage from 2020, the lowest feeder rating of any time in SEC safety. He is a capable man as Georgia’s last line of defense and I expect him to step up until Georgia explains who will play the second security point this fall.

Robert Beal Jr., Edge

As part of a talented rotation, Beal finished last season with 7.5 losses and the team leader with 6.5 bags. Beal finished the season hard, recording five bags in the last six games.

Beal is not as jerky as Smith, but he is more natural and more powerful. He has fast and hard hands and does a good job of turning speed into power. As a current defender, Beal is strong at the point of attack and does a good job with his hands to keep him free.

“Robert Beal was quietly one of the most important defenders for Georgia at the end of the 2021 season, as he took office after Adam Anderson was banned and finished with the bags in the lead,” Hill said. “Beal is an experienced field player who has been in the shadow of Nolan Smith, a former five-star recruiter, but still has a lot to do. I hope Beal will play an important role this year as an outside defender and make the most of his super-parent season in Georgia.

Tykee Smith, defensive defender

NFL teams are always looking for this versatile chess piece, and Smith suits it. In West Virginia, Smith played in the arcade and this is the role that a versatile defender could play for Bulldog this year.

Smith’s first season in Athens fell off last autumn due to injuries. Smith skipped the first five games of the 2021 season and appeared in just one game before getting an ACL break.

“Tykee Smith is the biggest question mark for Georgia’s entry into the season,” Hill said. “The former Smith, who stood out in West Virginia, slowed down injuries in early 2021 before breaking his ACL in October. Smith was on his way to recovery this spring, so we’ll see in the fall camp what he can bring to the table and whether he’s considering another. safety competition.

Prior to moving to Georgia, Smith was volatile in West Virginia defense. As a freshman in 2019, Smith recorded 50 hits, 2.5 losses, one bag, two innings and four assists. In nine games in 2020, Smith recorded 61 hits, eight losses, two halves and five deflections.

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