Questions were raised in 2015 for Georgia football.
It lacked depth at the wide receiver position as most of its weight was set on the shoulders of Malcolm Mitchell. And after Justin Scott-Wesley decided to hang it up due to a number of injuries, rising sophomore Terry Godwin and sophomore Isaiah McKenzie came into the picture as wideouts for Georgia this past season. However, now it's 2016 and the same questions are being asked. But new head coach Kirby Smart may have been able to find some answers to the Bulldog Nation's displeasure in the 2016 recruiting class.
Spring practice is right around the corner and Smart will have the opportunity to work with his newcomers firsthand. Georgia acquired a total of four wide receivers in the 2016 class and they consist of Riley Ridley, Javon Wims, Tyler Simmons and Charlie Woerner.
Riley is the younger brother of Calvin Ridley who led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a national championship with the most catches on the team. Riley wasn't necessarily the fastest off of the line of scrimmage in his high school highlight reels and relied on rather quick passes to beat his defenders. But Riley has an advantage over the other signees because of his early enrollment to Georgia and, therefore, has more time to correct his aforementioned weaknesses. If he is anything like his brother over at Tuscaloosa, he could very well prove to be a valuable asset to the Bulldogs' offensive efforts.
The junior college transfer from Jackson, Mississippi, Wims brings experience but not an extensive amount as he has only played 19 games since 2009. Nevertheless, his 6-foot-4 athletic frame gives him an edge over the other wide out recruits. He has battled injury in recent years, but there's no denying that Wims will put up a fight for the position when he arrives on campus.
On the other hand, Simmons, who flipped from Alabama, has proven to be the speed that Georgia needs to succeed at the wide receiver position. His 4.41 40-yard dash exemplifies how quick he is able to get off of the line. He'll need to do more than just be able to outrun opponents downfield and be required to his hands a bit more in running different routes.
Woerner is another receiver to be a part of the 2016 class that could also prove to be a reliable target for Georgia as he is quite the talented athlete. He stands at 6-foot-5 and has the ability to make tough catches in heavy traffic.
Georgia needed to add quality prospects for Jacob Eason, or whoever may be under center at the quarterback position, to throw to come next season. It may have just done so in these four prime candidates. But also expect Godwin and McKenzie to further develop their contributions to give the Bulldogs an offensive edge for the 2016-2017 season.