The Georgia Bulldogs have not won a national championship in quite a while. Still, Kirby Smart and his predecessors have consistently put together one of the most talented college football programs each year. With many draftable prospects departing for the 2021 NFL Draft, the Georgia Pro Day will be one of the most popular pre-draft process events for general managers, coaches, and scouts.
When is Georgia’s Pro Day in 2021?
The pro day for the Georgia Bulldogs will take place on March 17.
Top Georgia prospects working out at pro day
Azeez Ojulari is one of the players vying to be the first pass rusher taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. According to PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline, “(Ojulari) displayed a great amount of progress last season and is rounding into a complete defender who can stand over tackle and come out of a three-point stance.”
In the Peach Bowl, Ojulari recorded 3 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and a safety as Georgia defeated Cincinnati.
Unfortunately, Ojulari weighs in at just 240 pounds. Pauline noted that “his lack of bulk will result in bumps in the road early on.” So, it will be interesting to see whether he adds weight or not, and if so, whether it affects his athleticism.
Still, Ojulari is the top Georgia player on Pauline’s big board and currently ranks 26th. He expects to be a first-round pick. Draft Analyst A.J. Schulte sent him to the Arizona Cardinals with the 16th pick in his March 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
Tyson Campbell is one of a pair of promising Georgia cornerback prospects hoping to hear their names called early in the 2021 NFL Draft. Pauline sees a player who is “athletic and physical with the ability to line up in zone or man-off coverage.” While Campbell requires development, he “possesses the size and underlying ball skills to start at the next level.”
Campbell currently ranks 40th on Pauline’s big board. With Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn, and Caleb Farley beginning to separate themselves atop an intriguing cornerback class, Campbell will hope that his pro day workouts prove he deserves first-round consideration.
Eric Stokes could have been one of the biggest beneficiaries if the NFL Scouting Combine had taken place. The cornerback ran a blazing 4.24 40-yard dash at former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s virtual combine, hosted at his House of Athlete training facility. That time would have tied for the second-fastest in NFL Combine history, behind only John Ross’ 4.22.
Measuring in at 6-foot-1, the mix of size and speed will be an enticing proposition for NFL teams. Stokes, who Pauline notes “possesses terrific measurables and has shown developing ball skills,” currently ranks 47th on Pauline’s big board. In Oliver Hodgkinson’s recent mock draft, the Carolina Panthers take Stokes in the second round at pick 39.
Monty Rice is an athletic linebacker whose role and value at Georgia increased every season. This culminated with him being selected as a finalist for the Butkus Award and first-team All-SEC honors as a senior.
A greater emphasis than ever is taking place on linebackers who can defend the pass. Pauline believes that “(Rice) stands out in pursuit and is effective in coverage, which gives Rice a large amount of scheme versatility.” He currently ranks 85th on Pauline’s big board.
Olujari, Campbell, Stokes, and Rice are not the only Georgia prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Richard LeCounte and Davis Daniel also have Day 2 grades from Pauline. Trey Hill, Mark Webb, Tre’ McKitty, Malik Herring, and Ben Cleveland were also graded. They should either be selected on Day 3 or catch on as undrafted free agents.
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