As the sun rises out here in the Puget Sound - albeit much later than a sane human would think possible - I am greeted by the troubling news of more UGA underclassmen mulling the NFL draft question. To date, and I apologize if I am missing anyone, the following players have either submitted paperwork for draft analysis or there is speculation that they have:
Aaron Murray - QB
John Jenkins - NT
Branden Smith - CB
Orson Charles - TE
Bacarri Rambo - S
Sanders Commings - CB
Cornelius Washington - LB
Thankfully, UGA's consensus 1st-team all-American LB has proved himself a damn good dawg by promising another year in Todd Grantham's defense. Also, some of these players have stipulated that it is mere curiosity and not desire to leave that had them requesting draft review. With all of this in mind, I want to open a thread and pose a question to all of the insightful Dawg fans out there:
Would you rather the Bulldawgs bring shock and awe to their MSU bowl opponents - each of these players above having the game of their careers (essentially ensuring their immediate departure for the draft) - or would you prefer a loss to MSU and/or poor individual performances with the assumption (however naive it may be) that all of the NFL deciders will stay for another year?
Now, up-front, I acknowledge that this is one of those depressing "would you rather stick your finger in a light socket or roll on a bed of coals" type questions. I also submit that neither of the two above options represent a foregone set of conclusions. Finally, I concede that the nature of question itself can be seen as self-serving to UGA football fans and does not take into account the welfare of the players themselves - financial or otherwise.
Instead, this question is laid out to leave room for a multitude of potential responses and can lead to a host of additional questions:
Are the assumptions realistic? Is there a best case scenario to keep players and also crush MSU? Do we have players that are already on our roster or in-coming recruits that can easily step into their roles? Are bowl games important enough to the program that winning, therefore starting next season highly ranked, is worth potentially losing these players? Will winning and starting the next season highly ranked doom the Dawgs to a mediocre season as history has shown?
Again, I apologize for the potentially depressing nature of this post. It is more my intent to guage the importance of the bowls themselves as well as the anticipated impact that these players would have towards a 2013 national championship caliber team.
No matter what your viewpoint - I know we are all excited to see the Dawgs on January 2nd and have justifiably high expectations for next season!
Happy New Year and GO DAWGS!