While it is not always true that an offensive is as good as its offensive line, Georgia’s 2017 season will almost certainly conform to that truism.
With three starters gone from a line that was considered by most observers to be average at best, offensive line coach Sam Pittman will be rebuilding his unit as we progress through spring and summer workouts. However, the materials to construct an effective line will be fully in place by June.
The starting point for Georgia’s rebuilding project is left tackle, and veteran Isaiah Wynn is staking a claim to the position. Wynn has gained from 277 pounds to 305 since last August and this observer could not see any bad weight during a recent interview.
“I’m the left tackle,” said Wynn.
Here is how ESPN analyst David Ching sees Georgia’s o-line:
Although the Bulldogs have two starters back, it looks like the offensive line will be totally reconstructed in 2017. Wynn, who started 11 games at left guard and one at left tackle, is first in line to protect Eason’s blind side at left tackle this season. Gaillard, Georgia’s starting right guard a season ago, is sliding over a spot to replace Kublanow at center.
Otherwise, the offensive line is playing musical chairs this spring, as Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart predicted prior to spring practice. Dyshon Sims, who started twice at left guard last year, is looking to nail down that job this spring, while the right side of the line remains a bigger question.
On the edge, senior Aulden Bynum and junior college transfer D’Marcus Hayes are the top contenders to grab the right tackle spot. And whichever redshirt freshman departs spring with the starting job at right guard — whether it’s Solomon Kindley (6-foot-4, 341 pounds) or Ben Cleveland (6-6, 340) — he’ll be a large human being.
Speaking of oversized people, the bulk of Georgia’s mammoth offensive line class is months away from arriving on campus. To date, only one signee (Hayes, the No. 12 prospect on ESPN’s JC50) already is in Athens and competing in spring practice. Once five-star tackle Isaiah Wilson (the No. 2 overall prospect on the ESPN 300 and No. 2 offensive tackle), Andrew Thomas (No. 40 overall, No. 7 OT), Netori Johnson (No. 142 overall, No. 10 OG), D’Antne Demery (No. 195 overall, No. 21 OT) and three-star guard Justin Shaffer make it to campus, the competition truly will begin.