Originally Published: June 26, 2013

Picking the best of the best

>You're putting together a team of the greatest Bulldogs from past and present, but who do you pick? Do you load up on the dynamic offensive weapons that were all over UGA's offenses or the All-American and legendary defenders? Better choose wisely, because you'll need the right playmakers. To answer these questions and more, DawgNation put together a panel of Georgia football experts and made them draft their all-time UGA fantasy teams.


Who drafted the best all-time Bulldogs team?


Discuss (Total votes: 1,219)

Draft Order:
No. 1: Mark Schlabach
No. 2: David Ching
No. 3: Josh Kendall

Top picks by position:
QB: Matthew Stafford
RB: Herschel Walker
WR: A.J. Green
OL: Matt Stinchcomb
DE: David Pollack
DT: Jimmy Payne
LB: Jarvis Jones
CB: Champ Bailey
S: Jake Scott

View the complete draft results.

Schlabach's team: Walker, Greene and Pollack

By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Mark Schlabach picked first overall and did what any respectable Georgia person would do -- took Herschel Walker.

Best pick
Taking Herschel Walker in the first round might have been the easiest choice in the history of fantasy drafts. He won the 1982 Heisman Trophy and probably should have won it as a freshman in 1980, when he led the Bulldogs to the national championship. He's arguably the greatest running back in college football history and was one of the most durable and productive players.

Ron Chenoy/US PresswireWith Georgia lacking in all-time great corners, Mark Schlabach grabbed Champ Bailey early in the draft.
What player did you want to be certain to get?
Other than Walker, I really had my eyes on cornerback Champ Bailey. Surprisingly, Georgia's group of all-time cornerbacks is pretty thin. Bailey was one of the most versatile players in UGA history and is undoubtedly a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. At UGA, he was a shutdown cornerback, but proved to be almost as valuable playing on offense and returning kicks.

Best sleeper pick
Unless you're pretty familiar with UGA's history, you probably don't know much about Bob McWhorter, who I selected in the 10th round. As a halfback, McWhorter scored 61 touchdowns from 1910 to 1913. In 1913, McWhorter became UGA's first All-American.

What player were you most disappointed to miss out on?
I really wanted receiver A.J. Green. I think he's by far the best receiver in UGA history and is off to a great start in the NFL. I would have loved to have selected Hines Ward, too. He was another great receiver, who was an exceptional blocker and also played quarterback and tailback during his college career. He's one of the toughest and most versatile guys to ever play at UGA.

Overall assessment
Like any good general manager, I think I have a nice balance of old-school and new-school and offense and defense. I think I have arguably the greatest running back of all-time (Herschel Walker) and two of the greatest defenders in UGA history (Champ Bailey and David Pollack), as well as the winningest quarterback (David Greene) and greatest kicker in college football history (Kevin Butler). And there's plenty of personality on my team, from Vernon "Catfish" Smith to Eddie "Meat Cleaver" Weaver to Joel "Cowboy" Parrish.

Ching's team: Putting 'D' in Dawgs

By David Ching | DawgNation

David Ching had the second overall pick and made a run on some of the Bulldogs' all-time defenders.

Best pick?
I used early picks on three of my favorite players in program history: Charley Trippi, Bill Stanfill and Jake Scott. Three bad dudes. If I have to pick one, Ill take Scott, who had a ridiculously interesting life on and off the playing field. I was also pleased to get the two best players Ive personally covered at Georgia, A.J. Green and Jarvis Jones.

Charley Trippi and Jimmy Conzelman
AP PhotoCharley Trippi won a national championship, a Rose Bowl MVP, a Maxwell Award, fought in World War II and was a two-time All-American during his career at Georgia.

What player did you want to be certain to get?
Aside from guys I already mentioned, I put a star next to Royce Smiths name when I was putting together my list of draft prospects. Ill be honest, thats a guy I knew next to nothing about, as his playing career ended before I was born. But when I started reading his bio, he was a no-brainer. Three-time All-SEC pick, made 12 different All-America teams in 1971 and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the SEC's best blocker. He was also the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft. I was happy to get him with my 11th pick.

Best sleeper pick?
Ray Donaldson. Of the five offensive linemen I drafted, four of them earned some sort of All-American distinction. The one guy who didn't was Donaldson, who was only an All-SEC center at Georgia before spending 17 seasons in the NFL and making six Pro Bowl teams. I'll take that.

What player were you most disappointed to miss out on?
Overall I was extremely pleased with the way the draft developed. Before we started, I made a list of players in order of personal preference and I was able to get six of my top 11. That said, one of my favorite Georgia players to watch was Thomas Davis and I was disappointed that I missed out on him. I picked Scott and Terry Hoage early, so there wasn't a spot for another safety. Sure, I could have made an argument for putting Davis at linebacker since thats where he plays in the NFL, but I figured we needed to keep him at his college position.

Overall assessment
Just like with pretty much every fantasy sports team I've drafted, I was sure once I made my last pick that I had put together a phenomenal roster. I know the vast majority of fans and readers view Herschel Walker as the greatest player in program history -- and that point is tough to argue -- but if its not Herschel, its Trippi. And Stanfill might have been the program's top defensive player. I like my offense, with All-Americans pretty much across the line in front of Fran Tarkenton, Trippi and Knowshon Moreno and the program's top receiver in Green. But it's the defense that I love. That front seven -- Stanfill, Jones, Freddie Gilbert, Jimmy Payne, Richard Tardits, Ben Zambiasi and Tommy Thurson -- would make life impossible for opposing offenses. That group features four of the top sack men in program history and two of the top three tacklers. And then youve got Scott and Hoage patrolling the back end, just in case. I feel confident saying Erk Russell would have enjoyed coaching this bunch.

David Ching | email

ESPN Staff Writer

Kendall's team: Reaching for a QB?

By Josh Kendall | Special to ESPN.com

Josh Kendall, who covers South Carolina football for The State and previously covered UGA, picked last in the first round and grabbed a Heisman winner and some versatile players in his draft.

Hines Ward
Jason Bridge/US PresswireIn Hines Ward, Team Kendall gets a reliable receiver, nasty blocker and a versatile offensive threat.

Best Pick
Mark's No. 1 overall pick of Herschel Walker is the no-brainer of no-brainers, and David got another excellent running back in Charley Trippi with the No. 2 pick, but I decided to lean on the Bulldogs historic depth at running back and spend my first pick on the most talented passer I've ever seen. I can remember the first time I saw the ball come out of Matthew Staffords hands (during a summer workout prior to his freshman season). Not many guys on the planet throw like that. Stafford went on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, and while he still relies too much on that arm and not enough on mechanics and anticipation, the game starts at quarterback, and Georgia hasn't had one before or since like Stafford.

What player did you make certain to get?
Im assuming we're fielding a team to play in the SEC, and you have to run to win the conference so I was delighted to get running back Garrison Hearst in Round 6. Heisman winner Frank Sinkwich gives me a stalwart presence in the backfield, but Hearst gives me game-breaking ability. With calf muscles the size of most men's quads, Hearst averaged 6.7 yard per carry in a less-than-sophisticated offense in 1992.

Best sleeper pick
I got a lot of things with Hines Ward in the fifth round. Not only did I get a wide receiver any quarterback can trust on third down, I got a diligent blocker, and, maybe most importantly in todays game, I got a guy who can step in and run the spread at quarterback at any time. I'm already giving defensive coordinators nightmares with the thought of Ward putting the ball in Hearst's belly on the zone read.

What player were you disappointed to miss out on?
Sinkwich, for all his talent, might be my Sam Bowie. The better choice at this pick would have been Champ Bailey. Not only was Bailey one of the top five cornerbacks in SEC history, he could change a game with a punt return. Bailey, Walker and Stafford are the three most physically gifted players ever to wear the red and black in my opinion. Grabbing Champs brother, Boss, in Round 7 to play linebacker eases the pain a little, but not enough.

Overall assessment
I love my offensive backfield, and I got guys named Moonpie (Mike Wilson) and Sky (Craig Hertwig) blocking for them, so I'm all set there. On the defensive line, where the rubber meets the road in the SEC, Ill take my top four against anybody. I'll have to move Richard Seymour from tackle to end, but hes got the athleticism for it, and that gives me Seymour and Charles Grant on the edge, while Geno Atkins and Johnathan Sullivan are game breakers in the middle. (Admittedly, I'll have to hire Rodney Garner away from Gus Malzahn to ride Sullivan every day and keep him from becoming the bust he was in the NFL, but I'll take that guys talent at tackle any day.) On top of that, I got great value in Round 11 with John Kasay, so I feel good in close games.