The powerhouse that is the SEC has a bunch of talent going into the draft, but for the first time in as long as I can remember, no SEC players are in the running for number 1 overall or even 1-5 for that matter. If the Browns want to make the right decision, they’ll pick someone from Georgia. Why? Well the Georgia players coming into the draft know how to handle losses on the biggest stage. That’s really all the Browns need to think about when making their first pick because they lose a lot. Not only did Georgia lose in the National Championship last year, but these kids coming into the draft have faced adversity before. They had a coaching change before the 2016 season and many of the players were uncertain about their status to return to the Bulldogs. The ones that stuck with it contributed a ton to the National Championship run this season, even though they lost.
Now on a serious note, I think Roquan Smith is the only Bulldog with a serious chance at going in the first round. In my opinion he was the best defensive player in College Football last year and helped facilitate a defense that had some holes in the secondary. (I’m talking directly to you Malkom Parrish). The other four players with chances to go within the first three rounds are Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn, Nick Chubb and Lorenzo Carter. I think Michel, Wynn and Carter could possibly all go in the second round and unfortunately Nick Chubb will probably slip to the third. I think it’s my bias, but I could see Nick Chubb having a similar career to Leveon Bell. I don’t think he’ll match the production exactly, but he’s a back that can be used out of the backfield in multiple ways and has a good understanding of where is blockers are supposed to be.
Lorenzo Carter should be a lot higher on draft boards, the kid is an athletic specimen. He made the play of the game in the Rose Bowl when he soared through the air to block a field goal that eventually set up Georgia’s game winning drive. I think Carter will be the best value pick for any team lucky enough to grab him in the second or third round. Lorenzo Carter kind of reminds me of Leonard Floyd, they both have incredible measurements, but didn’t necessarily put up huge numbers in college. Floyd has had a pretty good start to his NFL career, racking up 11.5 sacks in 22 games as well as being named to the All-Rookie team in 2016. Lorenzo Carter and Roquan Smith were a great duo for Georgia to have on defense and I’m sad they won’t be playing in Red and White on Saturdays anymore, but I think they’ll both do great things in the NFL.