The legend of Stetson Bennett at Georgia ended at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 9 as he — the previous walk-on and junior school switch who grew up a diehard Georgia soccer fan — grew to become the primary quarterback in program historical past to guide the Bulldogs to back-to-back nationwide championships.
Now that Bennett’s collegiate profession is over, one huge query stays. Can he proceed his unimaginable run on the subsequent degree?
Is Stetson Bennett one of many biggest quarterbacks in CFB historical past?
Joel Klatt shares his ideas on the place Stetson Bennett will stand amongst school soccer greats.
The 25-year-old Bennett is similar age as and even older than a number of signal-callers who’ve already been within the NFL for a number of years. Jalen Hurts, who will lead the Eagles into the NFC championship recreation on Sunday (on FOX and the FOX Sports App) is 24. Joe Burrow, who, like Hurts, is in his third NFL season, is six weeks youthful than Bennett.
Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa, who additionally helped their groups to playoff berths this previous season, are each a number of months youthful than Bennett. All 4 of these quarterbacks had been drafted in 2020 — months earlier than Bennett had even began his first recreation for Georgia.
Despite Bennett’s profitable methods, his age and bodily stature — 5-foot-11, 190 lbs. — imply he’s not a high draft prospect. There are even questions on whether or not the quarterback will get drafted in any respect.
We spoke with an oddsmaker from FOX Bet to sort out this subject from a betting perspective.
Here are FOX Bet’s newest hypothetical odds on if Bennett will get drafted and in what slot.
ODDS ON STETSON BENNETT GETTING DRAFTED
- Yes: -250 (guess $10 to win $14 whole)
- No: +200 (guess $10 to win $30 whole)
OVER/UNDER STETSON BENNETT DRAFT PICK NUMBER
Bennett will seemingly come nowhere near the quarterbacks who’re anticipated to be taken within the first spherical of the 2023 NFL Draft, although he did document wins over all three — Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud and Will Levis — throughout his Bulldogs profession. But FOX Bet oddsmakers nonetheless like his possibilities of getting chosen earlier than the draft is over.
“From a scouting perspective, there is nothing about Bennett that stands out,” FOX Bet sports activities dealer Matthew Griffe stated. “But the guy is a proven winner and, by all accounts, will make a great addition to a locker room.”
Some Georgia sports activities followers — and even some Georgia athletes, corresponding to Braves outfielder and Georgia native Michael Harris II — need the Falcons, who’ve lingering questions at quarterback, to take Bennett within the first spherical.
That could also be unlikely to occur, however the Falcons do have the Jaguars’ fifth-round decide within the 2023 draft because of the Calvin Ridley commerce — and that decide is No. 155.
“While Bennett doesn’t grade out as an elite prospect, he will be a name to watch on Day 3 of the draft as teams look to add a proven winner to their locker room,” Griffe defined.
Wherever Bennett goes, nonetheless, will probably be exhausting to depend him out once more. Late-round quarterbacks can flourish in the appropriate state of affairs — simply ask “Mr. Irrelevant” of the 2022 NFL Draft, Brock Purdy.
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