Georgia nose tackle Jordan Davis is considered one of the top interior defensive line prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft. Davis is a massive tackle that has surprising quickness and athleticism. With Davis in the middle, Georgia completely shut down the Tigers rushing attack. In the third quarter Davis pushed by the left guard to get a tackle for a loss on zone read run. Shortly later he got some heat and hits on the quarterback to help produce some change of possessions for Georgia. Midway through the fourth quarter Davis darted past the center and pushed through the right guard to start a sack of Uiagalelei. This tape will help Davis to be an earl-round pick next April.
Entering this season, some NFL advance scouts had Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson as their highest graded player on the preseason watch list. Georgia has rotated Anderson with a very talented group of edge rushers in past years and a heavy rotation is being employed again this year. Still, Anderson came through with some big plays for the Bulldogs.
Early in the second quarter Anderson showed his speed coming around the back side of the play to tackle Uiagalelei from behind on a third down run and that tackle got his defense off the field. Later before halftime Anderson got some pressure and a hand on the quarterback after a bull rush through the left tackle. In the third quarter Anderson fired off the ball and shed the right tackle to rip down Uiagalelei for his first sack of the season. Anderson added more pressure and chipped in on run defense in the final quarter.
Anderson has a ton of potential for the NFL. He is extremely fast off the snap and he has functional strength and length to fight off blocks. For the NFL, Anderson would be a great fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Clemson star wide receiver Justyn Ross missed the 2020 season with a congenital neck issue that required surgery, so it was great to see him make his return to the field in the 2021 season opener. With Georgia’s defensive line overwhelming the Tigers blocking front, Clemson had a hard time getting Ross the ball. Midway through the first quarter Ross ran a go route down the sideline and drew a holding penalty. He caught a few short passes, and in the third quarter he drew another pass interference. Ross had four receptions for 26 yards, but he should breakout in the weeks to come. Georgia’s front seven really deserves the credit for shutting down Clemson’s offense.
This game was loaded with future NFL talent and one player that really jumped out was Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. He was all over the field for the Bulldogs showing fantastic closing speed. Dean made tackles to keep the Tigers rushing attack completely impotent and Dean was doing a nice job in zone coverage. In the third quarter he was called for a pass interference for holding Justyn Ross, but Dean staying somewhat close with a receiver like Ross was impressive. Shortly later he came close to a sack and then he got home later for a big sack that forced a punt.
Dean is a heat seeking missile on the field. He is a physical tackler with excellent speed. The fast linebacker looks like a future three down starter in the NFL. Dean (6-0, 225) might fit best as a Will (weakside) linebacker in the NFL, but he has a ton of upside and is a player to watch this season after his standout performance against Clemson.