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1 day ago Blackhawks sign Frank Nazar to entry-level contract
After Michigan was eliminated from the Frozen Four on Thursday night, it was only a matter of time before we learned whether top forward prospect Frank Nazar would go back to college next year or sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. That time is here: the Blackhawks announced on Saturday afternoon that they officially signed Nazar to a […]
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1 day ago 2024 NFL Draft interview: Georgia S Tykee Smith
Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images WCG’s lead draft analyst speaks with one of the top safeties in the 2024 NFL Draft. After a stellar collegiate career, Georgia safety Tykee Smith is ready to dominate at the next level. Smith started off at West Virginia, where he was a freshman All-American in 2019 and a regular All-American in 2020. He made the jump over to Georgia after the latter season, where he won two national championships and was named an All-SEC performer. When he went to the Senior Bowl, he won the American Team MVP for the way he played in the game. He has excelled everywhere he’s gone, and there’s no reason to think that can’t continue in the NFL. Windy City Gridiron talked with Smith about his collegiate career, the adversity he overcame in college, fatherhood, and more. JI: Going back to your time at West Virginia, what did your time there do to prepare you for Georgia? TS: I’m definitely grateful for the time I had at West Virginia, and I think my time there [taught me] the hard-working mindset and know how to handle the student athlete life, with that being in the first place I started. It definitely moved me into the player I was, and Georgia just helped me get better. JI: You’ve been able to start alongside Javon Bullard and play in some loaded Georgia secondaries. What does it mean to have played with them and to go through the same process at the same time as Javon? TS: It’s definitely been a blessing for us to all come in at the same time and to be all going through this process at the same time. We’re just being able to build up and help each other and hold each other accountable. JI: I talked about this with Ladd McConkey, so I figured I’d ask you. If you had to choose between your two national championships, which one was your favorite? TS: I think the second one meant more to me, because I was actually able to be a part of the game. The first one, I was going through injury, so I wasn’t able to actually play the game, but it was definitely a blessing. JI: You were an All-American your last year at West Virginia, then you got hurt at Georgia in 2021 and spent 2022 in a rotational role. What did that experience teach you about adversity, and how did you fight through it to get to where you are now? TS: Yeah, like you said, I was coming off an All-American year at West Virginia. I transferred to Georgia got hurt that 2021 season, then came 2022, and I rotated. I don’t think I was necessarily fully ready coming off my knee injury, and I don’t think I had the confidence mentally. I think that’s what kept me from being a full-time starter, me not being ready. But I think once I got my confidence back, I saw that I was able to showcase my talent and show how I could impact the defense. JI: I want to break down your approach in coverage. It’ll depend on the play, but generally what goes through your mind pre-snap, and what are the first actions you’re looking to take after the snap? TS: Pre-snap, I’m looking at the receiver’s splits, also the down and distance. Once the ball is snapped, it depends on what we’re in, because sometimes I’ll have to read it and call to the line of scrimmage to see if it’s a pass or not, depending on the coverage, and then just see the receivers’ splits. JI: You got the chance to go to the Senior Bowl and even won the American Team MVP award. What did that experience mean to you? TS: It means a lot, just me being able to showcase my abilities against some of the other top prospects that were coming out this year...[it was great to] go out there and compete. JI: How do you like to spend your free time outside of football? TS: I spent most of my time with my daughter or playing [video] games. JI: How has being a father changed your life? TS: I got more responsibility. I think it is definitely made me want to [play harder]. She became a motivation to push me harder to be able to put myself in position to make sure I’m able to take care of her. That’s how that changed my life. JI: Let’s say I’m an NFL general manager. What would I be getting if I drafted you to my team? TS: A real hard-working player, reliable, a team guy. Then, also me coming from a winning culture with me coming from the University of Georgia, somebody that’s good for the locker room, and somebody who’s gonna give his all, no matter what my role is on the team. My 2024 NFL Draft Guide is live now on my Patreon! You’ll receive access to my 440-player big board, scouting reports, a 7-round mock draft, positional rankings, player comparisons, and player superlatives! Half of the proceeds for the month of April will be send in a donation towards the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

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