Clemson's starting CB Bashaud Breeland, and starting WRs Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant are all NFL-bound. In addition to losing Tahj Boyd and several others, our season opening opponent shouldn't be quite as difficult this coming season as it was in this past season.
None of our other non-conference opponents on next season's schedule (Troy, Charleston Southern, Georgia Tech) had a player declare. Although the Yellow Jackets did lose their starting QB, who wanted to play in an offense at least as sophisticated as the one he took snaps in during his high school days.
Our second game of the season, in Soda City, South Carolina, will see us face a team missing a handful of All-SEC caliber talents. DE Jadeveon Clowney of course is gone, but also hoping to catch on with an NFL roster next year are WR Bruce Ellington, DT Kelcy Quarles, and CB Vic Hampton.
Dominant LT Antonio Richardson will not be joining the Volunteers when they make the trip to Athens on September 27th, and WR Chris Boyd won't be among the Commodores who come down the following week either.
SEC East champion Missouri will be without DE Kony Early and TB Henry Josey when the Dawgs make their second trip to the Show Me State. Their neighbors to the south, Arkansas, were like us though and saw no one declare.
Kentucky also didn't have a player declare for the draft, but the other 2 of our final 3 SEC opponents certainly did. DT Dominique Easley, DE Ronald Powell, CB Louchiez Purifoy, and CB Marcus Roberson have all played in their last Cocktail Party. That's 4 high quality starters in Will Muschamp's defense, weakening their only effective side of the ball so far under our former safety.
SEC Champion Auburn will have to replace TB Tre Mason and LT Greg Robinson, although I doubt anyone expects Gus Malzahn's offense to miss a beat. Other SEC early entrants to the May 8-10 NFL Draft are WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, DTs Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson, RB Jeremy Hill, and OG Trai Turner from LSU, S HaHa Clinton-Dix, OLB/DE Adrian Hubbard, LT Cyrus Kouandijo, DL Jeoffrey Pagan, and S Vinnie Sunseri out of Alabama, Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief, and Texas A&M's dynamic duo of QB John Manziel and WR Mike Evans.
While several players will be replaced with new recruits that'll be signing on the dotted line February 5th, that is if their replacements aren't already on campus from past recruiting classes, that's quite a big hit for several teams and should help Georgia improve on their record after a disappointing won-loss ledger in 2013.