SEC Championship: Prospect Breakdown

SEC Championship: Prospect Breakdown

2022

SEC Championship: Prospect Breakdown

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The SEC Championship is going to be a fun one in Atlanta, Georgia. The hometown Georgia Bulldogs will look to hold onto their top ranking vs the LSU Tigers coming off a brutal loss to Texas A&M. Brian Kelly is making his debut in the SEC championship which will be a massive factor for this game featuring a ton of NFL vs NFL level talent. LSU edge rusher BJ Ojulari and Ali Gaye will get a matchup vs one of the best tackle duos in college if not the best. Meanwhile, they’ll also have to attempt to stop the Bulldogs backfield with the help of star interior tackle Jaquelin Roy. Meanwhile, Georgia will continue to do what Georgia does and produce a ton of star NFL caliber defensive talent that will get a good look vs a high powered LSU offense. 

LSU: 

WR Kayshon Boutee

Boutee has only regressed since entering college but he’s posted 125 receptions for 1675 yards and 15 touchdowns in 26 games. He’s physical and an explosive route runner and there’s strong potential he’s the second receiver off the board simply due to his potential alone. 

EDGE BJ Ojulari

The brother of Giants pass rusher Azeez Ojulari, BJ has been just as good if not better than his brother. In only 878 pass rush snaps he’s posted 124 pressures, 75 hurries, 34 QB Hits, and 19 sacks. He’s also added 25 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 72 stops in 800 run defense snaps. He is incredibly athletic with a high motor and has a great set of pass rush moves. 

DT Jaquelin Roy

One of the better defensive tackles in a strong interior class, Roy is both well versed and talented as a pass rusher and run defender. A massive 6-5, 320 lb frame helps him a ton. He’s strong both in his upper and lower body, with a great first step helping him plant the interior line backwards. He has 77 pressures, 22 hits, seven sacks, 17 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, 11 batted passes and 58 hurries in only 1379 career snaps. His 23 run stops in 2022 were 2nd in the SEC. 

CB Mekhi Garner

Garner potentially could be one of the first corners off the board in 2023. He doesn’t get thrown at often, and it’s obvious why. The former Ragin’ Cajun has yet to allow a season with higher than 40% completed passes. He’s only allowed 22 receptions on 55 targets for 340 yards, two touchdowns and a 81.3 QBR in 2022. He also added eight breakups. Garner played great in the jump from the SunBelt to SEC, and at 6-3, 220 lbs he’s got great athletic upside as well. 

 

Georgia:

HB Kenny McIntosh

Every year Georgia has three or so draftable running backs and it doesn’t change now. McIntosh is the lightning in their backfield, he’s an explosive runner that just flies by anyone. He’s incredibly shifty but has strength too. He goes a long way as a dual threat back also having a career 1407 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns with 794 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 38 games. 

HB Kendall Milton

The power back for the Bulldogs, Milton absorbs contact and then uses it on attempted tacklers. He might not declare, but if he does, a team is getting a great change of pace power element in their backfield. He’s already at 875 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in only 24 games off just 150 touches. 

LT Broderick Jones

The best offensive tackle in the class, Jones is a fluid athlete who loves blocking in the run game. He has a career 6.8 yards per carry as a lead blocker and 82.4 run block grade. He has only allowed two sacks and 13 pressures in 562 pass blocking snaps. At 6-4, 310 lbs, he’s an athlete with great power and instincts to play the offensive tackle position in the NFL. 

RT Warren McClendon

McClendon has played great and is an underrated prospect. He has the size, athleticism, experience, power, hand moves, foot speed and instincts of an NFL starter. In 1113 career pass block snaps, he’s allowed two sacks and 27 pressures with only six of those pressures coming in 2022. 

C Cedrick Van Pran

Van Pran is the best center in college. He’s allowed one sack and 13 pressures in 833 career pass block snaps. He’s also 6-5, 300 lbs with inhuman strength. He gets to the 2nd level super quick, runs over defenders, and just keeps going downfield. He plays a lot like Jason Kelce and it’s not crazy to think he’ll be one of if not the best center in the NFL quickly. 

TE Darnell Washington

Washington is simply a freak in one of the best tight end rooms in college football. He broke out in 2022 with 25 receptions for 405 yards and two touchdowns. He’s incredibly athletic, with strong hands, good route running and a natural feel for the ball. Oh, did I mention he’s 6-7, 270 lbs as a tight end? He also hurdles people, so there’s that. 

DT Jalen Carter

The best defensive tackle prospect in years, Carter has a strong chance to end up as a top five pick, and it’s well deserved. He was the best defensive player on Georgia last year which featured eight NFL Draft picks including two first round defensive tackles. He’s struggled with injuries this year, but in only 637 pass rush snaps he has 70 pressures, 10 sacks, 14 QB Hits, 46 hurries, and 17 tackles for loss. He’s an imposing 6-4, 300 lbs with an explosive first step and strength combination. 

CB Kelee Ringo

One of if not the best corner in college, Ringo is set to likely be a top 10 pick in this year’s draft. He has allowed 30 of 58 targets for 400 yards, no touchdowns and a 65.5 QBR. He’s tallied a career four interceptions and 17 breakups in only 26 games as well. At only 22 years old, Ringo is one of the best press-man corner prospects in years, and it fits his 6-3, 210 lb frame well. 

S Malaki Starks

I sound repetitive saying the best prospect in the class for Georgia, but they have them at nearly every position. Starks has an explosive break on the ball as a DB. He hits like a tank but can cover extremely well allowing only a career 66.9 QBR. He has two interceptions and seven pass breakups this year with 66 tackles and only four missed tackles.

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