The Georgia offensive line will have to replace both starting tackles from the 2022 national title season with Broderick Jones and Warren McClendon’s departure to the NFL.
The Bulldogs have recruited consistently well along the offensive line,
and one of those young lineman garnered high praise from Jones and McClendon when they spoke to the media at the NFL combine last week.
According to Jones and McClendon, freshman Earnest Greene is the next man up.
“Probably Earnest,’ Jones said. “I felt like coming in, Earnest was ready.
He was very physical, heavy hands, good pass sets, good run blocker, good finisher.
He showed all the attributes it takes to play in the SEC.”
Greene enrolled early in Athens in January of last year as the No. 2 interior offensive lineman,
the No. 3 player in the state of California and the No. 45 prospect overall in the 2022 class, per 247Sports rankings.
Greene’s father, Earnest II, played college football at Savannah State before a nine-year career in the NFL.
Greene didn’t take a snap last season due to a hamstring injury and back injury,
which required surgery. Even still, Greene did enough to impress Jones and McClendon in practice.