Every yr, the Georgia Bulldogs deliver excellent NFL potential customers, and almost every yr, the house-point out Atlanta Falcons shy away from drafting them.
In modern memory, the Falcons have only selected four former UGA gamers in the NFL Draft: RB Thomas Brown (6th round, 2008), TE Martrez Milner (4th round, 2007), LB Akeem Dent (4th round, 2011) and QB DJ Shockley (7th round, 2006).
This offseason, the Falcons possess a have to have at cornerback right after the release of Robert Alford. Soon after a 7-9 time, Atlanta holds the 14th decide on in this year’s draft and may possibly not have to look considerably to obtain its next cornerback.
Just an hour up the highway is Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker, a senior cornerback out of Georgia. Some draft analysts say that 14 may possibly be way too significant for Baker, but we will have a superior being familiar with of his correct situation right after this week’s NFL Scouting Blend.
All through a teleconference Monday forward of the merge, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah took some inquiries regarding who the Falcons may possibly potentially select.
“I assume there is some true exciting corners who I never actually have a leading-10-decide on-sort corner, but that’s about the range you could start to see some corners occur off the board,” Jeremiah explained. “And they could not have to go considerably for a man like Deandre Baker, who I assume can participate in inside, outside, has acquired outstanding ball capabilities and awareness. He would make some sense.”
Also significant on Baker to the Falcons is Atlanta reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC. In his mock draft, he predicts the Falcons select Baker at 14th total.
14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: Baker won the Jim Thorpe Award — provided to the leading defensive again in college soccer — as a senior. Baker bypassed the Sugar Bowl to start getting ready for the merge.
Baker can only do it all. His gentleman protection is arguably the most effective in this draft class. He is disciplined in zone, not aggressive to chase receivers. His ball capabilities are stunning and he can effortlessly alter his positioning to participate in the ball without the need of getting flagged for interference. Baker’s run support and open up field tackling will surprise whichever team’s fan base he goes to. The only knock from analysts is his extensive distance pace, nevertheless, he has that soccer savvy that, accompanied with getting the right angles, would make up for that knock.
Here’s some more examination from the Draft Network:
We are continue to a couple months away from the 2019 NFL Draft, and regrettably this is all just speculation. But, hey, we can hope.