An early projection of Georgia football’s 2023 defensive depth chart

Last offseason, the Georgia protection heard all about the way it must change a generational unit. The members of the 2022 protection proved greater than succesful as they helped Georgia win a second-straight nationwide championship.

The Bulldogs is not going to see almost as a lot turnover in 2023, however there are some key gamers that should be changed. Gone are All-Americans Chris Smith and Jalen Carter. Nolan Smith and Kelee Ringo are off to the NFL as nicely.

Still, because the nationwide championship recreation confirmed there may be actual purpose for optimism for this group subsequent season. Three freshmen got here up with sacks within the recreation within the 65-7 win over TCU.

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Georgia additionally brings in maybe the highest crop of defensive gamers within the 2023 recruiting cycle. Many are already on campus and going by winter exercises. The Bulldogs signed eight defensive gamers who rank among the many top-100 general gamers within the 2023 recruiting class.

The Bulldogs even have a giant change to make on particular groups, with Jack Podlesny now off to the NFL.

Below is our first crack at what we expect Georgia’s 2023 depth chart will seem like on the defensive aspect of the ball for Georgia.

Nose Tackle

  1. Naz Stackhouse and Zion Logue
  2. Bear Alexander
  3. Shone Washington and Jamaal Jarrett

Defensive sort out

  1. Bear Alexander and Warren Brinson
  2. Christen Miller
  3. Jordan Hall

Defensive finish

  1. Mykel Williams and Tramel Walthour
  2. Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins
  3. Gabe Harris

Analysis: Much just like the extensive receiver place on the offensive aspect of the ball, do not get too targeted on who’s listed the place on the defensive line. The Bulldogs rotate closely throughout the entrance, transferring gamers round relying on the look and recreation stream.

Alexander had a robust efficiency within the nationwide championship recreation and can look to fill Carter’s huge sneakers as an inside disruptor. Williams led the staff in sacks final season, as he completed with a sack in each of Georgia’s playoff video games. Those two gamers give Georgia an extremely excessive ceiling at this place.

The Bulldogs additionally convey again loads of expertise in Stackhouse, Brinson, Logue and Walthour.

We’ll be focused on seeing what strides Miller makes this offseason, whereas Hall and Jarrett each arrived as early enrollees. Jarrett suffered an harm in bowl practices and might want to lose some weight, whereas Hall has an opportunity to carve out an early function for Georgia.

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Outside linebacker

  1. Chaz Chambliss
  2. Marvin Jones Jr. and Jalon Walker
  3. Damon Wilson and Darrius Smith
  4. Samuel M’Pemba and Gabe Harris

Analysis: For as a lot as Georgia brings again on the defensive line, it loses at outdoors linebacker. Gone are veterans Nolan Smith and Robert Beal.

Chambliss took on an enormous function following Smith’s midseason harm, placing Georgia in a good spot with expertise. It might be a key offseason for Jones, though he’s anticipated to overlook time as he recovers from a shoulder harm.

Walker may be essentially the most attention-grabbing participant on the protection, as he is bought the power and athleticism to play a number of positions for Georgia. With a log jam at inside linebacker, this may be his finest spot from him to get on the sphere.

Georgia brings in a ton of expertise from the recruiting path, as Wilson, M’Pemba and Harris have been all top-100 gamers. Wilson looks as if the very best wager to push for early enjoying time.

Mac linebacker

  1. Smael Mondon
  2. Xavian Sorey and Jalon Walker
  3. EJ Lightsey and Raylen Wilson

Money linebacker

  1. Jamon Dumas-Johnson
  2. Ryan Davis
  3. CJ Allen

Analysis: Mondon and Dumas-Johnson led the staff in tackles final season and return in 2023. It might be attention-grabbing to see if the within linebackers can attain the identical heights that the trio of Nakobe Dean, Quay Walker and Channing Tindall did in 2021.

With Trezmen Marshall headed to Alabama, there are reps available behind the 2 starters. Davis returns for his senior season, whereas Sorey and Walker will look to crack the lineup.

Wilson and Allen are two of the highest linebacker prospects within the 2023 recruiting cycle and are already on campus for Georgia. They’ll be joined this summer season by 4-star linebacker Troy Bowles.

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Right cornerback

  1. Daylen Everett
  2. Nyland Green
  3. AJ Harris

Left cornerback

  1. Kamari Lassiter
  2. Julian Humphrey
  3. AJ Harris

Star

  1. Javon Bullard
  2. Tykee Smith and Smoke Bouie
  3. Marcus Washington Jr.
  4. Justin Rhett

Free security

  1. Malachi Starks
  2. Dan Jackson and Smoke Bouie
  3. Joel Aguero and Justin Rhett

Strong security

  1. Dan Jackson and David Daniel-Sisavanh
  2. JaCorey Thomas
  3. Joel Aguero and Justin Rhett

Analysis: Lassiter, Starks and Bullard all return as starters for the Bulldogs. Expect them to be key items for Georgia, with all three filling massive management roles as nicely. Bullard was the defensive MVP of each playoff video games for Georgia.

At the cornerback spot reverse Lassiter, Everette enters the offseason as the favourite to exchange Ringo. But don’t overlook any of the opposite rivals, as Green, Humphrey and Harris are all greater than succesful of successful that job. Harris is Georgia’s prime defensive again signee.

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Georgia does have to exchange Chris Smith on the different security spot, which might be no straightforward job. Jackson returns for Georgia after lacking most of the season with a foot harm. The Bulldogs additionally dipped into the switch portal so as to add Bouie, who has the athleticism to assist out throughout the secondary.

The Bulldogs do not rotate as closely within the secondary as they do within the defensive entrance. This offseason might be key for these aiming to seize a beginning spot.

punter

Kicker

  1. Jared Zirkel and Peyton Woodring

Long snapper:

  1. William Mott
  2. Will Snellings

Punt returner

Kick returner

  1. Daijun Edwards
  2. Dillon Bell

Analysis: Georgia usually has one of the highest particular groups models within the nation. But this might be a large query mark coming into the offseason. Georgia has to exchange All-SEC kicker Podlesny, Kearis Jackson because the staff’s kick returner and holder Stetson Bennett.

Thorson solely had 36 punts this previous season and whereas he had some vivid moments, equivalent to a 75-yard punt in opposition to Tennessee, he is removed from a certain factor at this level. He’s additionally anticipated to take up the holding duties.

Zirkel and Woodring will battle for the kicking job. Zirkel is coming into his fourth 12 months in this system however misplaced the kicking job to Podlesny earlier in his profession. Woodring doesn’t arrive till the summer season, though he has a monster leg after nailing a 60-yarder in highschool.

It might be price watching how a lot Georgia makes use of McConkey on particular groups going ahead, given his anticipated utilization on the offensive aspect of the ball.

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