ESPN: Georgia will have college football's best defense in 2023

Over the last three NFL drafts, the Georgia Bulldogs have had a first-round defender taken at every defensive position. That stat just goes to show how dominant UGA has been defensively in recent years.

And ESPN experts expect that dominance to continue in 2023, with 10 out of 10 analysts voting that UGA will have college football’s best defense this season.

And that’s despite losing some serious talent from last season’s title-winning team, including defensive tackle Jalen Carter, outside linebackers Nolan Smith and Robert Beal,

cornerback Kelee Ringo and safety Christopher Smith. Plus, defensive tackle Bear Alexander transferred to USC.

At the linebacker position, Georgia’s anchored by returning inside linebacker Smael Mondon and Jamon Dumas-Johnson. Mondon led the team with 76 total tackles in 2022

, and Dumas-Johnson was No. 2 on the team with 70 total tackles. There’s concern regarding who will step up at outside linebacker with Smith and Beal gone.

And despite losing Ringo and Smith in the secondary, Georgia should be fine at defensive back.

 It returns Peach Bowl and National Championship Game MVP Javon Bullard.

 It returns Peach Bowl and National Championship Game MVP Javon Bullard.

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