Jamaree Salyer remembers both of the sacks he allowed last season.
The best offensive linemen don’t forget when they were beat. It’s a little easier to remember, too, when it only happened twice.
Salyer, a Georgia lineman who played all five O-line spots during his career, allowed one against Alabama’s Will Anderson in the SEC championship game and another against Alabama’s Christian Harris in the national championship game.
Alabama tends to do that to teams. Playing in the SEC will prepare anyone for the next level. Salyer is ready to make that jump. He played a lot of left tackle as a junior and senior, but projects as a guard at the pro level. At 6-foot-3, 321 pounds, he’s a bulldozer who doesn’t quite have the height for tackle.
He’s one of the top guard prospects in this year’s draft. The Bears are in need of a guard after right guard James Daniels left via free agency. Salyer is one player the Bears could be keeping an eye on. He should be available to them when they select in the second round, and maybe even in the third.
Salyer said at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine that teams have asked him about every position.
“I got questions about all five positions,” Salyer said. “Everybody likes to put me in that box of an inside guy, because of quote-unquote ‘lack of athleticism.’ But I played in the SEC four years. I think I have only given up two sacks, to great players. I was called upon to hold my guy down, to do my job. I was there. I did it at the highest level that I could.”
Former Georgia Bulldog and current Patriots tackle Isaiah Wynn was a big influence on Salyer. Salyer said Wynn helped recruit him to Georgia. The two are similarly sized, too, with Wynn measuring in at only 6-2. That’s pretty short for a tackle, but it hasn’t stopped Wynn from starting 33 games in three years in New England. Salyer also worked out with New York Giants tackle Andrew Thomas, another former Bulldog, a lot during their pandemic downtime in 2020.
Salyer’s versatility will be key. He didn’t play a ton of center at Georgia, but it’s a skill he has worked on.
“A lot of teams want to make sure they got a center,” Salyer said. “I practice center every single day in practice. I snap all the time. I know in my mind that’s a good thing in my tool bag.”
Every NFL team likes versatile linemen. The Bears, with a former offensive lineman as their general manager, are no exception.
Jamaree Salyer, OG, Georgia
College career: Salyer played all five offensive line positions at one point or another during his career at Georgia. He was a starting left tackle for much of 2020 and 2021, but played both guard spots as well. His height will likely limit him to an interior position in the NFL. He was voted to one of four captain spots for the national champion Bulldogs in 2021. He was a second-team All-SEC performer.
They said it: “Although [Salyer] tends to get narrow with his steps and has some bad habits, he understands depth, angles, and how to effectively respond with his hands. He projects as a plug-and-play NFL guard while offering position versatility in a pinch.” – Dane Brugler, The Athletic draft analyst
Draft projection: 2nd-3rd round