Pro Football Focus now has two Georgia defenders on the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft Board.
Star defensive lineman Jalen Carter ranked fifth.
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“Carter has been plagued with injuries early on and has been limited to 65 snaps. enough to solidify the draft stock of
EDGE defender and team captain Nolan Smith is ranked 10th.
“Smith is the next insane athleticism the Bulldogs have produced in recent years. At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, this guy can jump from sideline to sideline. Physical for his size, he’s had run defense grades of 90.6 and 81.4 over the last two seasons.He needs more ways to win as a pass rusher, but you bet on athletes.”
Smith suffered a season-ending chest laceration that required surgery. Whether this will affect his draft status will not be known until draft time approaches.
The PFF also has UGA cornerback Keely Ringo (15) and offensive tackle Broderick Jones (25) on the list.