State of the position: The Bulldogs lost three players that started at inside linebacker this past season. Christian Robinson and Michael Gilliard graduated while Alec Ogletree declared for the NFL draft. That leaves sophomore Amarlo Herrera as the only returning player with a significant amount of experience. Herrera, who was fourth on the team in tackles, will be one of the inside starters next season. The other spot is up for grabs. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Burrows has only played in three games since arriving at Georgia due to multiple injuries. Sophomore Ramik Wilson saw action in 10 games this season but has yet to start a game.
Pros: “He is a tough customer who demonstrates the wrap tackling skills needed to knock ball carriers back to where they came from and he should also be very productive as a special teams coverage defender. He does a very good job with key and diagnosis reaction skills against the run. We especially like his ability to move through traffic, showing he can play off the edge and to the sideline. He is very effective as an inside pass rusher and demonstrates very good blitz timing with a closing burst to the quarterback. He flashes underneath zone coverage ability, displays underneath route recognition and the discipline and patience needed to mirror the quarterback when contain is broken. He plays with the instincts and intensity that can create havoc in the opponent's backfield.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “Kimbrough might need some time to polish his coverage skills, but early situational playing time remains a possibility if a redshirt year is not deemed necessary. Although there is the need to gain more experience as a zone coverage defender, his quickness and playing speed suggests the potential to stay on the field in definite passing situations.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Rennie Curran. Granted Curran is no longer on the team, but everything about Kimbrough reminds me of Curran. Run stopper, sure tackler, ability go get through the traffic -- that all sounds familiar. He quickly makes good decisions and, yes, he is taller than Curran.
Expected impact: 2014. Kimbrough could make an early impact on special teams but it could take a year before he steps into a major role at inside linebacker. That said, there is a lot of room on the two-deep roster and Kimbrough will have his chance to earn a spot.