Georgia football: Predicting a simple post-spring two-deep depth chart

Kendall Milton is tackled by linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson during the Georgia Bulldogs Spring Game. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Kendall Milton is tackled by linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson during the Georgia Bulldogs Spring Game. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /
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A prediction of the 2022 Georgia football defense depth chart

Defensively it’s a different story because the Dawgs lost a lot, but those returning account for a lot of havoc, so while it won’t be the same, this group will form its own individual identity.

Now that there are fewer days to the season than there are since Georgia beat Alabama in the national championship let’s look at the defensive side of the ball and predict two deep lineups for each position.

This group has to follow up on one of the most outstanding modern-day defenses, so the expectations here need to be realistic. They aren’t the same defense as the 2021 one because that doesn’t happen every year.

Will this group be good? Yes, but there need to be realistic expectations because unless this group comes together and plays like one, it will be elite, but not as good as 2021, and that is okay.

Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle

  • Jalen Carter/Zion Logue
  • Warren Brinson/Bear Alexander
  • Nazir Stackhouse/ Christen Miller

We combined this group because it feels like there will be a lot of moving parts here outside Carter. He has that position locked up, but who can help him out?

Zion Logue is one of those guys, and then there is Brinson and Stackhouse who both have some experience but need more. If they can help Carter out, they will quickly learn what they need to and contribute more.

Alexander is a more extended shot, but so is Miller. However, both have the natural ability, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do during Fall Camp.

Defensive End

  • Tramel Walthour/Tyrion Ingram Dawkins
  • Mykell Williams

Walthour has an excellent opportunity to prove himself at this position, but Williams will snatch it from him if he isn’t careful. Head coach Kirby Smart keeps Williams under wraps, which tells us he may be exceptional.

Smart refused to give him much credit this spring, but the kid has the “it” factor, and we will see it this fall.

Jack Linebacker

  • Nolan Smith
  • Chaz Chambliss/Marvin Jones Jr.

Mac Linebacker

  • Smael Mondon Jr.
  • Trezmen Marshall/Xavian Sorey Jr.

Sam Linebacker

  • Robert Beal
  • MJ Sherman

Money Linebacker

  • Jamon Dumas-Johnson
  • Jalon Walker

Smith came back to lead this defense, and he will get his moment in 2022. He is an obvious starter, and so is Beal. This duo was a huge piece of the puzzle in 2021, and the Dawgs are lucky to have them back for this year.

They will be a force, and while the Dawgs don’t use the Sam linebacker a lot, Beal and Smith will be hard to keep off the field, so Georgia could move some stuff around to keep them both on the field.

Sherman is someone who needs a strong year. Dumas-Johnson is someone that has solidified a spot as the next field general, as he proved himself during G-Day.

Jones Jr. will be a force so that he can fight his way into the two-deep lineup. Mondon Jr. is also someone that will have a big year. If he stays healthy, watch out.

This linebacker position has a lot of questions surrounding it, but if these guys that have a lot of potential live up to it, this group will once again be one of the best in the country.


Left Corner

  • Daylen Everette
  • Kamari Lassiter

Strong Safety

  • Chris Smith
  • Malaki Starks/ JaCorey Thomas

Free Safety:

  • Dan Jackson/David Daniel-Sisavanh
  • JaCorey Thomas/ Malaki Starks

Right Corner

  • Kelee Ringo
  • Nyland Green/Jaheim Singletary


  • Malaki Starks/William Poole
  • Tykee Smith/Javon Bullard

This group got great news when Tykee Smith, Chris Smith, and William Poole decided to come back for another year. They give this position some much-needed experience but watch out for the young guys.

This year, four freshmen could see playing time as Starks, Thomas, Singletary and Everette are all budding stars.

Depth will be a big issue in this group, so many moving parts will likely be the key to success. Both those returning plus a lot of the youngsters could prove to give the Dawgs a great mixture.

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Georgia football has some areas to work on, but for the most part, the Dawgs have a solid team that could contend once again in 2022.