Georgia football not named among five best wide receivers rooms in CFB for 2022
CBSSports attempted to name the five best pass-catcher rooms in college football heading into the 2022 season, grouping tight ends in with wide receivers. Georgia’s group, which includes Adonai Mitchell, Kearis Jackson, Ladd McConkey, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Ariane Smithand Dominick Blaylock, did not make the list. CBSSports notes that a tight-end only ranking would be an easy choice:
If this was a tight end room ranking there would not be much of a challenger to Georgia — the Bulldogs have multiple players of Power Five starter caliber with Brock Bowers, DarnellWashington other Arike Gilbert — but as it stands that strength has the reigning champion Bulldogs just outside the top five of our rankings.
Ohio State, USC, Maryland, Alabama, and Texas made up the top five, with Georgia, along with Virginia, Penn State, LSU, and Houston, earning honorable mention status. Georgia was forced to play without a star wide receiver George Pickens for most of 2021 and lost freshman speedster Ariane Smith four games into the year but had others step up in their absences. The Bulldogs came through with a national title but now need to deal with the departures of Pickens as well as Jermaine Burton — who transferred to Alabama — in order to once again produce big plays through the air. Burton led Georgia’s wide receivers in receiving yards (497) and was tied for the most touchdowns (5), making his departure a significant one. The same goes for Pickens, who has an air of what could have been given he only played in 26 games — and only four in 2021 — as a Bulldog.
The good news is Georgia’s injury issues last year forced other receivers to answer the call, and a few of them did. McConkey got involved early in the season opener against Clemson and the redshirt freshman kept it up with 31 receptions for 447 yards and 5 touchdowns last fall. Mitchell overcame a few crucial drops late in the year and had 4 touchdown passes — including a 40-yard strike from Stetson Bennett that quickly cemented the true freshman Mitchell’s place in Georgia lore. Smith, Rosemy-Jacksaint, Jackson and Blaylock—all were slowed down by injuries last year. Any one of the collection of banged-up Bulldogs from 2021 could also emerge better than ever this fall. There is also Gilbert, the former LSU tight end who rejoined the Bulldogs in February and showcased his potential with two touchdown catches in the G-Day spring scrimmage.
Additionally, the Bulldogs have a pair of four-star freshmen wideouts in Chandler “CJ” Smith and De’Nylon Morrissette and four-star tight end Oscar Delp actually led all pass catchers in receptions during the spring scrimmage as well
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