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2022 Prospect Recap: Georgia Knocks Off Clemson in Defensive Slugfest

There wasn’t anything pretty about this game unless you love defense. Georgia beat Clemson 10-3.

Let’s look at the 45 different 2022 NFL Draft prospects from this game.

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GEORGIA BULLDOGS

18   QB       J.T. Daniels                 6-3    210

Daniels dinked and dunked all night. He was 22-30 for only 135 yards. He got fooled by the linebacker on his one interception. There was nothing he did in this game to make me think he can be a high first round selection.

4      RB       James Cook                5-11 195

The younger brother of Dalvin is usually more productive than he was here. Cook never got anything going at all. He had nine offensive touches for a paltry 26 yards.

6      RB       Kenny McIntosh     6-1    210

McIntosh has a nice burst in open space. He also showed some versatility in the passing game. McIntosh’s one catch came from the slot. He was very productive, however. The native of Fort Lauderdale had four touches for 17 yards.

3      RB       Zamir White              6-0    215

White was easily the most prolific of the Georgia triumvirate of tailbacks. He has good vision, decent burst, and is a patient runner. White bowled over a defender to ice the game in the fourth quarter. He finished the contest with 14 touches for 87 yards.

8      WR      Dominick Blaylock 6-1    205

1      WR      George Pickens       6-3    200

Neither receiver played

10   WR      Kearis Jackson         5-11 200

Jackson got the start but saw zero targets.

70   OT       Warren McClendon          6-4            300

McClendon got the start at right tackle. The redshirt sophomore handled himself well for the most part.

50   C           Warren Ericson       6-4    305

Ericson did not start but came into the game at right guard early after an injury to Tate Ratledge.

69   G          Jamaree Salyer        6-4    324

Salyer got the start at left tackle and played pretty clean. Salyer’s length will probably move him inside in the NFL.

54   G          Justin Shaffer            6-4    330

Shaffer got the start at left guard and had a couple of rough plays. On the second play from scrimmage, Shaffer had a false start. He then later got called for holding that negated defensive pass interference in the endzone.

95   DL       Devonte Wyatt        6-2    317

Wyatt had a good game with a couple of deflected passes at the line and two TFLs. Wyatt played a lot of three-technique in this game.

99   DL       Jordan Davis             6-6    330

Davis is much more athletic than his 330-pound frame would indicate. He is more than a block eating nose tackle. Davis has quick hands that he sheds blockers with. Then he has the power to run right through them. Davis recorded three tackles, two TFLs, and one sack against Clemson.

44   DL       Travon Walker        6-5    275

Walker played more on the edge than he did the interior. He wasn’t as “loud” as the other defenders but he still finished with two solo tackles and a sack.

19   EDGE Adam Anderson      6-5    230

Anderson is going to rise up my board this week along with a couple of other Georgia defenders. He beat the Clemson right tackle with a straight arm and then shed him quickly for a sack. Anderson had four other tackles in the game as well.

4      EDGE Nolan Smith               6-3    235

Smith will be another riser on my board after this week. He powered the Clemson left tackle (McFadden) with his hands and forklifted him back into the QB. Smith finished with three total tackles.

41   LB        Channing Tindall   6-2    230

Tindall has amazing closing speed. He also had three tackles and the below solo tackle that drew raves from Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.

17   LB        Nakobe Dean            6-0    225

Dean made most of his hay in this one rushing the passer. He notched two sacks, both on delayed blitzes.

7      LB        Quay Walker             6-4    240

Walker only had one tackle in this one during his limited playing time.

11   CB       Derion Kendrick    6-0    190

The Clemson transfer had a solid game in coverage in his “revenge” game. Kendrick didn’t give up anything downfield. He had three tackles.

29   S           Chris Smith II            5-11 190

Smith will be another riser from this one. He read the QBs eyes beautifully and undercut a route from the WR (Ross) and ran it back for a 74-yard TD.

36   S           Latavious Brini       6-2    210

Brini had a solid game on the backend with four tackles and one PBU.

16   S           Lewis Cine                  6-1    200

Cine was very active. He broke up two passes and was in on nine tackles.

23   S           Tykee Smith              5-10 198

Smith did not play.

90   P           Jake Camarda           6-2    180

Camarda punted five times for a 43.4-yard average. He dropped four of his punts inside the twenty.

CLEMSON TIGERS

23   RB       Lyn-J Dixon             Sr 5-10 195

Dixon only had one carry but it was the best one of the night for Clemson. Dixon showed quick acceleration around the right side for ten yards.

88   TE       Braden Galloway Sr 6-5    240

Galloway was targeted six times but only caught three passes for 13 yards. He is a nice target and has RAC ability but didn’t get to show it against Georgia.

2      WR      Frank Ladson, Jr.  Jr  6-3    205

Ladson was targeted seven times but caught only one pass for four yards.

10   WR      Joseph Ngata          Jr  6-3    220

Ngata had the most productive night of Clemson’s big three receivers. He caught six of his eight targets for 110 yards. He also had a nice 44-yard catch downfield. Ngata is going to be really good once the rest of their offense gets in sync.

8      WR      Justyn Ross              Jr  6-4    205

It was great seeing Ross on the field again after suffering a scary spinal injury. He was targeted ten times against Georgia. He only caught four passes for 26 yards. One has to believe that anyone who has had a spinal injury would see his draft stock suffer because of it.

56   G          Will Putnam            Jr  6-0    300

Putnam played left guard for Clemson and had a rough go of it. He struggled with all of the twists and stunts that Georgia ran.

71   OT       Jordan McFadden Jr  6-2    300

McFadden got bullied by Nolan Smith on his sack. The Clemson left tackle was mostly up and down the rest of the night.

23   CB       Andrew Booth, Jr. Jr  6-0    195

Booth had a good night in coverage and had a great open field tackle of James Cook on a swing pass. He finished with four tackles and a PBU.

31   CB       Mario Goodrich    Sr 6-0    190

Goodrich had a great night in run defense notching twelve tackles. He had a defensive pass interference penalty that was offset by a holding call.

6      CB       Sheridan Jones      Jr  6-0    185

Jones didn’t play much but he managed to get a DPI called against him while he was out there.

13   DL       Tyler Davis              Jr  6-2    300

Davis missed the game while in COVID protocol.

5      EDGE KJ Henry                    Jr  6-4    255

53   EDGE Regan Upshaw       Sr 5-11 240

Henry and Upshaw were both listed on the participation report but registered zero stats.

3      EDGE Xavier Thomas      Sr 6-2    260

Thomas missed all of last year with complications of COVID and other ailments. The former five-star recruit didn’t have a huge impact in this game but he did manage one QB hurry.

10   LB        Baylon Spector     Sr 6-2    230

Spector managed to fool J.T. Daniels on his interception. Spector was sideline-to-sideline for Clemson with eight tackles (two solos).

47   LB        James Skalski        Sr 5-11 233

Skalski for some reason constantly likes to make tackles with his head down. It’s like he wants to end up paralyzed. Clemson schemes their defense to allow Skalski to flow all over the field. He finished with 14 tackles (8 solos).

18   S           Joseph Charleston     Jr        6-0        190

36   S           Lannden Zanders Jr  6-1    200

Both Clemson safeties were kind of afterthoughts. They finished with two tackles each.

**Update** Zanders suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter and will now miss the remainder of the season.

24   S           Nolan Turner         Sr 6-1    195

Turner didn’t play.

29   K          B.T. Potter               Sr 5-10 180

Potter made his only kick of the night. A 22-yard field goal.

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