Lets not forget about Jackson Meeks, who saw time on the field as a reserve wide receiver and special teams as a freshman. (0:53). Burton was the No. The key to success will be to keep the experienced core fit and ensure the national championship stars McConkey and Mitchell dont hit the sophomore slump. Scouting reports consider Morrissettes size mature for his age, and at this stage, with continued elite coaching, he is considered an NFL prospect. With new signees who are fast and powerful and the old guard fit and healthy, Smart, offensive coordinator Todd Monken and new wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon do have an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver. What's next in conference realignment for ACC and Pac-12? They are an impressive pairing of wide receivers. Pickens concluded his college career with 1347 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 24 games played. Rather than be concerned about the replacement of Pickens and Burton, Georgia fans should be excited about this wide receiver group. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Which is quite a statement after losing George Pickens to the NFL and Jermaine Burton leaving to continue his college career in Tuscaloosa. Which teams have been recruiting the best on offense? SEC East preview: Can Georgia avoid a hangover? Cornerback Ameer Speed is transferring to Michigan State, corner Jalen Kimber is headed to Florida, Lovasea Carroll transferred to South Carolina, Latavious Brini to Arkansas, receiver Justin Robinson to Mississippi State and Jaylen Johnson to East Carolina. Georgia may have lost some talent at this position, but those things happen. This speed will make Smith an exciting prospect for Bulldog fans to watch this season. Former Georgia Football wide receiver George Pickens has run his forty yard dash at the 2022 NFL Combine. At 6-2 and 205-pounds, Bell is another player who excels after the catch, which should get Georgia fans on their feet this season. The Hoover, Alabama native was at one point foreseen to be a future first-round pick in the NFL, but since his injury, his draft stock has dropped off a bit as he now sits as a projected day two pick. The 2021 wide receiver room was highly talented but, for the most part, didnt get the opportunity to demonstrate just how good due to being decimated by injures. Cole Speercame to Georgia as a 3-star in-state recruit out of Calhoun, Ga. Despite losing Burton and running back James Cook, who declared for the NFL draft, the Georgia staff will return four of the top six players in receiving yards, including freshman tight end Brock Bowers, who led the team with 882 yards and 13 touchdowns. Burton was second on the team in receiving yards with 497 and tied for second on the team in receiving touchdowns with five. The experience of playing nine games in his first year on campus will stand him in good stead for the rest of his Georgia football career. Arian Smith has the speed to worry any SEC defense but again struggled with injuries. Pickens ran a 4.43 in his first run. However, Gilbert did not feature for the Bulldogs in 2021. At 6-1 and 180-pounds, Smith wont stand out from the crowd until he turns his jets on and zooms past them. No one should expect to make money from the picks and predictions discussed on this website. The content on this site is for entertainment and educational purposes only. All picks and predictions are suggestions only. He may not be the most polished route runner, but he certainly makes up for it in a lot of other areas in his game. If your crystal ball predicted the seasons that Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell had in their first years in Athens, I suggest you start predicting the lotto numbers. Plus, the rumors are he is back enrolled in classes on campus and practicing in winter workouts. The new signees also give hope that the future at wide receiver is bright. Spring practice will be here before you know it, so to prepare for it, lets deep dive into each position and discuss what the Dawgs have for 2022. That feat makes the rise of McConkey and Mitchell that much more impressive. With Brock Bowers exploding onto the scene last year and the impact he made at tight end, the lack of depth at wide receiver wasnt as noticeable because Georgia won the national championship without some of its best players. One of the best parts is there are only a couple of seniors in the entire group. The 2022 Georgia football wide receiver unit might be one of college footballs most talented wide receiver groups. While his final season at Georgia didn't go as planned after Pickens went down in Spring of 2021 with an ACL tear, he is still one of the best wide receiver prospects in this year's draft class. McConkey and Mitchell played in all 15 games last season, with 60 receptions between them for 873 yards and nine touchdowns. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images). He is one of eight players to transfer out of Georgia in January, along with quarterback JT Daniels, who also entered the transfer portal on Wednesday but has yet to decide on a destination. Georgia has 12 receivers and five tight ends on scholarship ready to compete for the Dawgs. Those losses sting because they were highly talented, but Georgia fans should remember it was not detrimental to the team. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. At the end of the season, he reeled in five receptions for 107 yards which is an average of 21.4 yards per reception. 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Of course, in 2022, the phrase every freshman wants to avoid is that sophomore slump tag. Sophomores Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell are a year wiser. Given the part they played in the championship run, Bowers, McConkey and Mitchell will likely get featured heavily. Four-star Chandler Smith was the first of the new signees to commit. A player like Pickens will always have a role in the NFL, especially with how pass-heavy teams have become in the league. Georgia Bulldogs news fromFanSided Daily, Georgia football: 3 important 5-stars to land in 2023 class, Georgia football: Richard Seymour, a DGD and now Hall of Famer, 30 Greatest Players from the Mark Richt Era, Georgia has 12 receivers and five tight ends, 10 Twitter Accounts You Need to Follow During Super Bowl LVI, Georgia football: 3 proven players that will impress at the Combine, Georgia football: A quick look at the 2022 quarterback room. The Dawgs just beat the Crimson Tide in the national championship game, but Burton is switching sides after entering the transfer portal on Wednesday. Former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton announced on Sunday that he will transfer to Alabama. Smith is an absolute speed merchant. Bennett drops a perfect pass to Burton for the 57-yard TD (0:53), Ex-Georgia WR Burton transferring to Alabama, How transfers impacted the 2021 season and what to expect in 2022. His best season surprisingly came during his freshman campaign where had a career-high in both yards and touchdown receptions. He is tall and lanky with good ball skills and strong hands that allow him to create a high win percentage on contested throws. The surprise package in this group is Arik Gilbert, who transferred from LSU initially to Florida but subsequently to Georgia. Pickens turned in a 4.40 unofficially. The battle for starting roles over spring and fall camps should be fascinating to watch. Per 247Sports,Smith has broken 10.3 secs over 100m and 21.0 over 200m which sets him out as one of the fastest in the 2022 class. Its a little early to predict who will start at wide receiver against Oregon as much will happen before then but I expect its a mix of the old and the new. NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25: Ladd McConkey #84 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball for a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first quarter at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Starting quarterback Stetson Bennett will once again have a group of fast, powerful, hungry and talented wide receivers that will make his job just a little easier. It was positive to see Gilbert celebrate the national championship with his teammates making Dawgs fans optimistic that he will be available this season. Build your customFanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis onGeorgia Bulldogs and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. George Pickens is by far one of the most talented wide receivers to ever come through Georgia's football program, and probably the most gifted since the AJ Green era in Athens. For more information, please read our Legal Disclaimer. The good thing here is this group is young and already experienced. KearisJackson underwent knee surgery, only completing 16 receptions for 194 yards another blow for the wide receiver group. 2022 Minute Media - All Rights Reserved. It is now just a matter of putting on a solid performance at the NFL combine to validate himself as a top prospect at the position. 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