Once again, the Georgia Bulldogs finds itself as the bridesmaids of the SEC after failing to win the conference title, this time losing out to the LSU Tigers.  Meanwhile, the Baylor Bears lost a pair of disappointing games to the Oklahoma Sooners, including a fatal collapse late in the regular season.  The headline of the 2020 Sugar Bowl is going to be the players who won’t be participating

At the time of posting, two of the three top players on my board – Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson – won’t be playing in the Sugar Bowl.  Running back D’Andre Swift will likely join them on the sidelines.  It’s also a distinct possibility this could be the final game for Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, who is being courted by several NFL teams.

With that in mind, the most exciting match-up in this game now turns to Baylor receiver Denzel Mims against the Georgia duo of Richard LeCounte and J.R. Reed. 

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While I have Mims graded as a 5th/6th round pick, I expect he’ll move a round or two north on the board in the lead up to the draft.  I’m told the big receiver will run much faster than anyone expects during the combine, possibly in the 4.3’s, and his stock will take off. 

J.R. Reed is a hard-hitting safety that knocks the stuffing out of opponents but plays to one speed.  Reed is faster and has much better ball skills but will struggle matching up against Mims physically.

Baylor vs Georgia

GradeRndFull NameSchoolPosYr
4.291stAndrew ThomasGeorgiaT3Jr
4.131stD’Andre SwiftGeorgiaRB3Jr
3.991-2Isaiah WilsonGeorgiaT3So
3.633rdJames LynchBaylorDT3Jr
3.584thRichard LeCounteGeorgiaS3Jr
3.574thJake FrommGeorgiaQB3Jr
3.396thJ.R. ReedGeorgiaS5Sr
3.395-6Denzel MimsBaylorWR4Sr
3.386thSolomon KindleyGeorgiaG4Jr
3.336thCharlie WoernerGeorgiaTE4Sr
3.287thSam TecklenburgBaylorG5Sr
3.287thRodrigo BlankenshipGeorgiaPK5Sr
3.277thLawrence CagerGeorgiaWR5Sr
3.25FABravvion RoyBaylorDT4Sr
3.20FAMonty RiceGeorgiaOLB3Jr
3.19FAJaMycal HastyBaylorRB5Sr
3.18FATyler ClarkGeorgiaDT4Sr
3.18FAChris PlattBaylorWR5Sr
3.18FAClay JohnstonBaylorILB5Sr
3.16FATae CrowderGeorgiaILB5Sr
3.13FAJeremiah HollomanGeorgiaWR3Jr
3.07FADavid MarshallGeorgiaDT4Sr
3.05FABrian HerrienGeorgiaRB4Sr
3.05FAMalik HerringGeorgiaDE3Jr
3.04FAChris MillerBaylorS4Sr
3.04FATyler SimmonsGeorgiaWR4Sr
3.02FATyrique McGheeGeorgiaS4Sr
3.00FAJulian RochesterGeorgiaDT4Sr
2.80FAEli WolfGeorgiaTE5Sr
2.75FABlake LynchBaylorOLB5Sr
2.68FATyrone HuntBaylorDT5Sr

 

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