Georgia Football: 2021 preseason selections, rankings, and analysis

As we get closer to Georgia football’s 2021 season kicking off, let’s look at the preseason All-American selections, All-SEC selections, and position group rankings.

We are about two months away from Georgia football kicking off its season and about another month away from Fall Practice. So it’s a perfect time to start thinking about the season and just how it may go. Now we all want the team to do well and there is reason to believe they will this year. However, let’s look at what some of the “professionals” are thinking about Georgia football’s chances this season.

Every year there are various publications that put out their preseason previews. They break down who they believe will be selected to be awarded as All-Americans, All-Conference, and they rank all of the various position groups for each team. With Georgia football’s 2021 roster being one of the most talented in Athens in some time, let’s take a look at where four of these publications ranked their players.

The four publications that have been chosen are Athlon Sports SEC Preview, Lindy’s Sports College Football Preview, Pro Football Focus 2021 College Season Preview, and Phil Steele’s 2021 College Football Preview.

Geogia football All-American Team Selections:

All-American TeamAthlon SportsLindy’s SportsPro Football FocusPhil Steele
First-TeamJake Camarda, P, Sr.Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Justin Shaffer, OL, Sr.
Tykee Smith, DB, Jr.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Second-TeamJamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Arik Gilbert, WR, So.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Third-Team
Fourth-TeamNakobe Dean, LB, Jr.

At first glance, Jake Camarda is as close to a Unanimous First-Team All-American as Georgia football has in these previews. People are seriously sleeping on JT Daniels and what the Bulldogs will be able to do through the air. It would not be a surprise to see Daniels and a receiver or two (Arik Gilbert especially) being First-Team All-Americans at the end of the season. It would be the first time in a while that Georgia football had multiple First-Team All-Americans in a season.

Another interesting take is the inconsistency when it comes to Georgia’s offensive line. Jamaree Salyer gets one First-Team selection and two Second-Team selections, but three of the publications left Justin Shaffer out. The one that did include Shaffer had him as a First-Team selection. This solidifies the questions that have been circling this position group during Spring practice into the G Day scrimmage and still remains unanswered for Georgia football.

When it comes to the defensive side of the ball the only consistent name is Jordan Davis, rightfully so. Davis showed last season that the defense isn’t the same without him plugging the middle. Him getting the First-Team nod isn’t a surprise, but the two Second-Team selections could easily end up being First-Team selections by season’s end. It’s also nice to see Georgia football transfer Tykee Smith getting a First-Team nod and Nakobe Dean rounding out the group with a Fourth- Team selection. Dean is another player that could end up with a First-Team or Second-Team nod by the season’s end.

Georgia football All-SEC Team Selections:

All-SEC TeamAthlon SportsLindy’s SportsPro Football FocusPhil Steele
First-TeamJamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Lewis Cine, S, Jr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Arik Gilbert, WR, So.
Justin Shaffer, OL, Sr.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Sr.
Tykee Smith, DB, Jr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Jake Camarda, P, Sr.
Second-TeamZamir White, RB, So.
Jermaine Burton, WR, So.
Adam Anderson, LB, Sr.
JT Daniels, QB, Jr.
Zamir White, RB, So.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Kearis Jackson, AP, Jr.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Jr.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Sr.
Warren McClendon, OL, Jr.
Jordan Davis, DL, Sr.
Adam Anderson, Edge, Sr.
Lewis Cine, S, Jr.
JT Daniels, QB, Jr.
Kearis Jackson, WR, Jr.
Justin Shaffer, OL, Sr.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Jr.
Third-TeamJT Daniels, QB, Jr.
Justin Shaffer, OL, Sr.
Travon Walker, DL, Jr.
Tykee Smith, DB, Jr.
Kearis Jackson, PR, Jr.
Tykee Smith, DB, Jr.Dominick Blaylock, WR/PR, Jr.
Kearis Jackson, WR, Sr.
Darnell Washington, TE, So.
Devonte Wyatt, DL, Sr.
Warren McClendon, OL, Jr.
Fourth TeamZamir White, RB, Sr.
Arik Gilbert, WR, So.
Adam Anderson, LB, Sr.
Lewis Cine, S, Jr.

Unlike the All-American selections, the All-SEC selections really show how much talent Georgia football has this season. Daniels makes the Second-Team for two of the four publications while making Third-Team for Athlon Sports and not even being selected by Pro Football Focus. It makes absolutely no sense for Daniels to not be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC for 2021. Some folks refuse to acknowledge the growth he has shown.

Gilbert gest a First-Team nod this time around while Zamir White, Jermaine Burton, Kearis Jackson, Dominick Blaylock, and Warren McClendon round out the rest of Georgia’s offensive players receiving selections. You don’t have to look at these selections to know that this could be Georgia’s most talented receiver group in program history. Receivers like Burton, Jackson, and Blaylock are getting all the attention now, but when you add Darnell Washington, John Fitzpatrick, and Brock Bowers to the mix you start to see a group that is going to be very hard to stop. Also, don’t be surprised if by season’s end it is Kenall Milton’s name that is seen getting All-SEC honors and possibly an All-American nod or two.

The defense also looks better in these selections doubling their two First-Team All-American selections with four First-Team All-SEC selections. Davis is nearly unanimous as a First-Team selection with Smith once again joining him and Lewis Cine making his debut as a First-Team selection. Adam Anderson also gets some well-deserved attention as he is ready to break out and become a star player for the Dawgs. Dean gets another selection this time on Second-Team while Devonte Wyatt gets a Third-Team selection.

Georgia football Position Group Rankings (SEC):

Position GroupAthlon SportsLindy’s SportsPro Football FocusPhil Steele
Quarterback3N/A62
Running Back2N/A62
BackfieldN/A1N/AN/A
Receivers2315
Offensive Line2212
Defensive Line1211
Linebacker2252
Defensive Back5N/A54

Finally, we come to how each publication ranked each of Georgia football’s position groups against the rest of the SEC. Pro Football Focus was the only publication to rank Georgia’s quarterbacks and running backs outside of the top five. However, they were also the only publication to rank Georgia’s receivers and offensive line as the best in the conference. It’s almost as if they are giving credit to the talent around Georgia’s backfield, and saying they benefit from what is in front of them.

That would be a hard sell with guys like Daniels, Carson Beck, Stetson Bennett, and Brock Vandagriff at the quarterback spot. Behind them, you have one of the deepest running back groups in all of the FBS with White, Milton, James Cook, Kenny McIntosh, and Daijun Edwards. If you asked ten publications to name five better running back groups in the SEC than Georgia’s Pro Football Focus would probably be the only one that would be foolish enough to try and convince you they exist.

Other than Pro Football Focus’s miss on ranking Georgia’s quarterback and running back groups, these rankings are pretty solid and show why most have the Bulldogs winning the SEC East this season and possibly making the College Football Playoffs. The roster is stacked with even more talent that wasn’t even mentioned. This Bulldogs team is ready to show that they can compete with anyone and that is exactly what they will do starting September 4th when they face Clemson. Get your popcorn ready. This season is going to be one to remember.

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