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One of the top recruits in the country who played multiple positions along the offensive line, Georgia’s Jamaree Salyer will bring that experience and versatility to the next level as he enters the 2022 NFL draft.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Bulldogs’ massive mauler:
A three-year starter and a fixture for the Bulldogs at multiple positions, Salyer has the experience and consistency to be an instant starter at the next level. Playing most of his career at tackle, he had the lowest pressure rate allowed out of any tackle in the country last year. He’s also been one of the key pieces in one of the best rushing attacks in college the last few years.
In the pass game, Salyer puts his wide frame, long arms, and big body to good use. His stature makes it naturally difficult for defenders to move around him, and his excellent strength allows for him to have a shut-down grip once he gets his hands on a defender. He rarely lunges or leans into his blocks, opting to trust his natural length and power, while his wide base gives him a quick kick-back into his initial first step. His hand usage improved vastly last year, quickly shooting his arms into the chest of the defender to cause a stun, and clamping down to create that lock.
Salyer is a powerful run blocker, throwing himself into defenders and driving forward, extending his arms and pushing his feet with great coordination and natural balance. His wide frame makes it tough for defenders to really get leverage on him once he pushes on you, and he can easily throw an unprepared defender to the grass.
Salyer has an awkward build for a tackle, and lacks the bend and recovery needed to be projected outside. He’s got a high-cut frame, which prevents him from truly gaining leverage when defenders can work underneath his pads and throw him off his attack or slide inside him on the pass rush. This will become a much greater problem at the next level, where nearly all the starters possess the strength and aptitude to take advantage of his lack of leverage. There really isn’t much you can do to mitigate it either, it is just a natural disadvantage Salyer will have to learn to work around.
He’s not particularly athletic, which doesn’t bode well for his ability to be a pulling guard or lateral mover. He can sometimes dive into blocks head-first, and lose balance before contact. He’ll need to work on his athleticism at the next level if he wants to reach his full potential.
Salyer has the experience, versatility, and length NFL teams look for in an offensive lineman. His production and growth over the past few years is promising, and teams will be tempted by that success, as well as his physical traits. His awkward frame holds him back from having a true position fit, and teams may need to try him out at both guard and right tackle to figure out where he would be best situated. He’ll likely end up being a bulldozer-type guard in a power run system, where he can best throw his body and strength around without having to jump into open space. He’s a the rare mid-round pick who can start right away.
Projection: 3rd/4th Round