A reported eight teams will be attending the pivotal SEC East matchup between Georgia and Florida. The teams sending scouts are the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers.
Florida enters the game ranked No. 14 in the nation, holding a two-game lead over Georgia which was once ranked No. 9 in the nation before dropping three of the past four games. But Florida coach Jim McElwain is concerned about the offensive talent the Bulldogs possess, particularly pointing out freshman quarterback Jacob Eason as the “future of the SEC,” which scouts are sure to check out even as a first-year player.
Closer to the draft is junior running back Nick Chubb who’s trying to emerge from Todd Gurley’s shadow. This year has been a bumpy ride for Chubb who has had games like his 222-yard outing against North Carolina but can also disappear like he did against Vanderbilt last week with 40 yards on 16 carries.
A great game for Chubb would help raise his draft stock for this season as the Gators’ defense comprised of 10 upperclassmen allow just 120 yards rushing per game. Most intriguing of the Gators’ defense is senior middle linebacker Jarrad Davis. His status is questionable with sprained ankle, but his team-leading 48 tackles and four passes defended make him a versatile piece worth scouting.
Also worthy of note are junior cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor, both of whom have three interceptions this season. Tabor has been pegged as a surefire first-round selection in 2017 if he forgoes his senior season, shutting down Eason would further that notion.