Georgia doesn’t have nearly as much to replace on the defensive side of the ball as it did last offseason. Yes, All-Americans Jalen Carter and Chris Smith won’t be easy to replace but Georgia’s defense certainly has more known commodities entering the 2023 season compared to a year ago.
There are two players in particular who are going to play an important role for Georgia in 2023 on the defensive side of the ball in Jalon Walker and Javon Bullard. Both had strong national championship performances, as Walker picked up a sack while Bullard won defensive MVP honors for the Bulldogs as he came down with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
For those two defenders though, the more interesting question is rather what position are they playing as opposed to if they’ll be impact defenders.
Walker spent much of last season as an inside linebacker. Georgia sees him as an inside linebacker moving forward. But Walker got on the field as an edge rusher a season ago. And with the various departures and injuries at the position, his best path to the field is at the outside linebacker position.
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