Ranking UGA’s Top Players In The NFL

The University of Georgia has been well represented in the NFL this year on all sides of the ball. Year in and year out UGA continues to be an elite breeding ground for NFL talent, producing at least one draft pick in every draft since 1993.

Over the past five years alone, UGA has developed 27 different players into NFL draft picks.

The NFL season is still young, but after the first five weeks things are clearing up regarding the top Dawgs in the NFL. A couple of former UGA guys, including Reshad Jones, A.J. Green, Matthew Stafford, Alec Ogletree and David Andrews, have stuck so far this season.

Our top-5 Dawgs in the NFL, in no particular order, after week 5:

Dolphins S Reshad Jones:

46 Combined Tackles (T-5th)
0.5 Sacks (T-2nd…Among DBs)
3 Pass Deflections

Reshad Jones has been all over the field this year as he currently is tied for fifth in the NFL in tackles with 46, which ties for first amongst defensive backs. Jones is currently on pace to become the first defensive back to finish top-5 in tackles back-to-back seasons since Victor Green, strong safety for the New York Jets, accomplished the feat in 1995 and 1996. Last season, Jones finished fourth with 135 tackles.

Bengals WR A.J. Green:

36 Receptions (2nd)
518 Receiving yards (2nd)
2 Touchdowns

Coming into the season it was expected that A.J. Green’s workload would increase with the departures of fellow receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Green is certainly living up to the hype as he is off to an explosive start to the season with 36 receptions and 518 receiving yards. Green is currently on pace to shatter his career-highs in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,426).

Lions QB Matthew Stafford:

68.0 CMP% (6th)
1,378 Passing yards (9th)
10 Touchdowns (T-5th)
99.6 Passer Rating (9th)
Matthew Stafford has consistently proven to be an elite NFL quarterback with five-straight seasons of at least 4,000 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Stafford currently ranks in the top-10 in completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and passer rating. If he keeps it up he will set career highs in completion percentage (68.0) and passer rating (99.6).

Rams LB Alec Ogletree:

41 Combined Tackles (T-14th)
1 Forced Fumble
1 Fumble Recovery
5 Pass Deflections

Alec Ogletree is currently the leading tackler for the Rams with 41 combined tackles. Those 41 combined tackles put Ogletree tied for 14th in the NFL. His five pass deflections put him tied for second among all NFL linebackers.

Patriots C David Andrews:

David Andrews is the starting center for a team that has played with three different quarterbacks through five games and has only given up nine sacks on the year. Andrews has helped block for a rushing offense ranked 4th in the NFL with 128 yards per game, as well as for an offense ranked 15th in passing with 249.2 yards per game. A 15th rank is pretty impressive after having to use your second and third-string quarterbacks for the first four games of the season.

Honorable mentions

Former Dawgs who receive honorable mentions for their performances during the first five weeks are as follows: Todd Gurley, Chris Conley, and Geno Atkins.

Rams RB Todd Gurley:

288 Rushing yards
2.7 YPC
3 Touchdowns
11 Receptions
94 Receiving yards

Chiefs WR Chris Conley:

15 Receptions
172 Receiving yards

Bengals DT Geno Atkins:

11 Combined Tackles
2.5 Sack

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