Georgia football: 5 Dawgs that will be future NFL stars

Richard LeCounte III, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)
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Monty Rice, Georgia Bulldogs
Monty Rice, Georgia Bulldogs. (Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports) /

Georgia football has several future NFL starts on its 2020 season roster.

There is NFL talent galore on Georgia football’s 2020 roster.

Though the Georgia Bulldogs are not in contention for a national championship after suffering their second loss of the season, everybody knows the Dawgs have players all over the gridiron, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Many of these stars will be draft-eligible in 2021 and will declare. Regardless, the on-field talent has the Dawgs as a top-10 program in the country.

These Georgia football players will be studs in the NFL

Georgia Bulldogs. 814. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 5. player. LB. Monty Rice

Linebacker has been a position of great strength for the Georgia defense throughout the 21st century. With the amount of linebackers who have earned All-American status, gone in the first round of an NFL Draft or have had successful NFL careers, it is hard to argue against Georgia being Linebacker U these days. The latest player who will be turning pro is senior Monty Rice.

Rice is not the defensive playmaker of a Jarvis Jones or a Roquan Smith, nor is the prospect of an Alec Ogletree or a Leonard Floyd. However, it will be his inherent versatility that will get him on the field. Rice projects as a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While he could flame out like Rennie Curran did, he could also have high-end staying power akin to what Justin Houston has.

Overall, Rice is more of a run-stuffer and a guy who will drop back into coverage than a pass-rusher. He may not have the ideal frame to be an all-time great at the position, but Rice is a very instinctual player and one who is not afraid to do the little things necessary to win games. He is the type of player who will earn a rotational spot right away as a day-two pick in the 2021 Draft.

To say he will be a Thomas Davis would be quite the stretch, but that is where the bar is set from the linebacker position at Georgia. We know that he has been well-coached under Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Rice’s career could go in a lot of different ways. However, if he lands with the right team, he could play a key role in a championship defense. He pops on TV.