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NFL Draft Preview: Analyzing the stock of former Georgia standouts

March 26, 2018 GMT

Before the NFL Draft gets underway from April 26-28, The Red & Black’s Jed May and John Durham previewed what teams would draft former Georgia Bulldogs to begin their professional careers.

John Atkins/ DT / 6’4” / 305 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 6th, Chicago Bears

Chicago needs a big body to occupy the middle of its defensive line, and Atkins seems like the type of late-round prospect that could fill that need. Atkins didn’t light up the stat sheet at Georgia, but he provides steady production that would be welcomed on the Bears’ defense.

Davin Bellamy / OLB / 6’5” / 245 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 7th, Green Bay Packers

Bellamy has shown flashes of a being talented pass rusher, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to go in the early rounds. The Packers would be a good place for Bellamy to learn from the likes of Clay Matthews in the hopes of becoming a productive NFL pass rusher.

Lorenzo Carter / OLB / 6’6” / 243 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 2nd, Baltimore Ravens

Like Bellamy, Carter hasn’t been the most consistent pass rusher during his time in Athens. However, his prototypical size and impressive combine measurements will lead to a second-round selection from the Ravens, who will look for Carter to follow in the footsteps of Terrell Suggs as a dominant force coming off the edge.

Nick Chubb / RB / 5’10” / 225 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 3rd, San Francisco 49ers

With the departure of Carlos Hyde, the 49ers are in the market for a bell cow running back. Chubb could fill that role nicely, shouldering his fair share of the load while also sharing carries with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida.

Aaron Davis / DB / 6’1” / 195 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: UDFA, New England Patriots

Davis was a consistent contributor to Georgia’s secondary over the past four years, but he won’t be selected during the seven rounds of the draft. However, sensing an opportunity for a steal, New England’s Bill Belichick will swoop in and sign Davis as an unrestricted free agent and gave him a chance to earn a spot in the Patriots’ secondary.

Sony Michel / RB / 5’11” / 215 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 2nd, Indianapolis Colts

Michel’s huge performances in the College Football Playoff sent him soaring up draft boards, becoming one of the top running back prospects in the draft. He will be scooped up early in the second round by the Colts, who are in need of a running back after the departure of Frank Gore.

Dominick Sanders / S / 6’0” / 200 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 5th, Denver Broncos

Being looked off by a freshman quarterback in the national championship aside, Sanders is an extremely athletic safety. He proved that over the years at Georgia and he would be a nice fit in a Broncos defense that has seen players like Aqib Talib depart recently and can learn under the wing of a talented secondary player in Chris Harris Jr.

Roquan Smith / LB / 6’1” / 225 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 1st, Oakland Raiders (10th Overall)

Smith had quite the junior season for Georgia. He was everywhere on the field and showed off his speed as well as strong tackling technique throughout the year that now has him in the conversation to be taken highly in the 2018 NFL Draft. With the recently hired Jon Gruden as head coach in Oakland, the Raiders will jump all over Smith on draft night and take him 10th overall.

Trenton Thompson / DT / 6’4” / 295 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 4th, Chicago Bears

Thompson has all of the attributes to be a standout out on the football field. Although his five-star rating never seemed to truly come to fruition for an entire season at Georgia, the defensive tackle could potentially be a steal in the draft this year. The Bears, who are in need of a stronger pash rush, could scope up Thompson in the fourth round and hope for more boom than bust out of the big man.

Javon Wims / WR / 6’4” / 215 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 4th, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense has not exactly been a well-oiled machine in recent years. As a result, Baltimore will look to draft some players to spark its stagnant offense to keep up with a great defense. Wims was a go-to target who showed off his go-up-and-get-it ability many times with Jake Fromm last year. While it may take some time in the NFL, Wims could be a legitimate receiver before long.

Isaiah Wynn / OL / 6’2” / 302 lbs

Projected round drafted in and team taken by: 2nd, Indianapolis Colts

There was plenty of buzz around Wynn going in the first round after a strong senior season and Senior Bowl performance. But after he revealed last week at the Georgia Pro Day that he had surgery on his shoulder, his draft stock took a hit, but not by much. The Colts desperately need to protect their franchise quarterback Andrew Lock (assuming he’s actually healthy) and will take advantage of Wynn falling in the draft come April by picking him in the second round.