Georgia quarterback JT Daniels projected as 1st round pick in way-too-early 2022 mock draft
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country next season, which could translate into becoming a first round pick.
According to Yahoo!’s Derrik Klassen’s way-too-early 2022 mock draft, Daniels is a projected top-20 pick.
Klassen has Daniels going No. 20 overall to the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans is in a bit of a transition year after Drew Brees opted for retirement. The Saints QB room currently consists of Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill and new draftee Ian Book.
Here’s what Klassen said about Daniels’ potential breakout in 2021:
“Daniels is not yet a first-round lock, but there is a pretty decent chance he gets to that range after the 2021 season. Daniels, a former five-star recruit and freshman starter at USC, came on strong for the Bulldogs down the stretch after returning from a knee injury that took him down in 2019. Though he does not have the strongest arm, Daniels’ decision making is sound and he’s got the accuracy to be a difference maker. Potentially not having George Pickens at WR this year will hurt, but that UGA offense is well constructed and has some other ball-winners.”
Daniels took over the Georgia QB job mid-way through last season. In four games, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes and threw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns. He led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 record and completely transformed UGA’s offense from what it had been earlier in the season.
Georgia hasn’t had a quarterback drafted in the first round since Matthew Stafford went No. 1 overall in 2009. Since then, only two Bulldogs QBs have been drafted at all — Jake Fromm and Aaron Murray. Both were 5th round picks.
Georgia opens the 2021 season vs. Clemson on Sept. 4.