Georgia Players Hesitant To Claim “New Dynasty” Title
The NFL combine is finally here and with back-to-back national championships, the Georgia Bulldogs have plenty of players in attendance. In particular, several players from head coach Kirby Smart's outstanding defense are projected first-round picks. With such a volume of players at the draft is it finally time for Georgia to take over the title of college football's newest dynasty?
Among physical measurements, shuttle runs and 40-yard dashes, the Georgia athletes at the combine have been presented with this question for themselves. Outside linebacker Robert Beal Jr., who tied for fourth in sacks on the 2022 team had this to say about the Crimson Tide.
“I feel like we’re real high up on the pedestal,” Beal said. “I feel like teams are really chasing us. I feel like over the years we get better and better, and now we’re just up there.”
Beal also noted that the Tide "could beat you at any time." Beal measured in at a whopping 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds. The linebacker, despite his size, ran a 4.58 40-yard dash. He is projected to be drafted in the third or fourth round.
Fellow linebacker Nolan Smith blew NFL scouts away this Thursday as he ran the tied fastest 40-yard dash so far this year at 4.39 seconds. For a linebacker who measured 6-foot-2-inches and 238 pounds, NFL scouts were impressed at his speed.
Smith was presented with a similar question as Beal and had this to say about Alabama.
“Alabama is a great team, man,” Smith said. “I’m smarter than that, man. You’re trying to set me up for failure. Nick Saban is one of the best coaches ever. Are you crazy? They will always be a contender; they will always be in it. I’m gonna stand up here and not say RTR, but I’m just gonna say they’re a great program. If anything, Bama and Georgia are equally equivalent at the time. I wouldn’t even say that — they have more rings than us.”
While national media is quick to call an end to Nick Saban's college football dynasty, Georgia players, despite winning back-to-back championships, are hesitant to assume their new title.
The NFL Combine will continue until Monday, March 6.