With the 2016 NFL Draft having concluded just days ago, the only logical next step is to start examining Georgia Tech's potential draftees for the 2017 cycle at once. Unless a couple of players have breakout seasons during the 2016 campaign, the 2017 draft could be a very quiet one in Atlanta. The top prospect at the moment appears to veteran center Freddie Burden, but the NFL perception of Georgia Tech offensive linemen still remains a bit foggy -- perhaps another great year from Shaq Mason will clarify that a little bit. Interestingly enough, the top three draft candidates mentioned by Ken Sugiura just so happen to be the anchors of Tech's current offense, defense, and special teams unit, with kicker Harrison Butker and linebacker P.J. Davis rounding out the top three. That is frankly a bit terrifying.
While I attempt to recover from my embarrassment and self-loathing at even mentioning the 2017 NFL Draft, you can take a look at this Sports Illustrated interview with coach Josh Pastner from yesterday (autoplay video). When asked about recognizing his strengths and weaknesses, Pastner remarked that "I recognize a lot of my strengths and I recognize tons and tons of my weaknesses. I have a lot more weaknesses than I do strengths." The latter part of that comment certainly sounds more like politically correct rhetoric than anything else, but it is interesting that Pastner is openly aware of and willing to admit to his shortcomings as a coach. I wish he'd elaborated on exactly what those strengths and weaknesses are, but I suppose that there are strategic advantages to not doing so. The interview is excellent overall, likely only of Pastner's best so far. I definitely recommend reading it.
Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner received some great news late last week when four-star point guard Charlie Moore revealed his top-eight schools, a list including -- surprise! -- Georgia Tech. Though a top-eight list is almost never anything to look into, this situation is a little bit different; Moore was, after all, a Memphis commitment for coach Pastner just over a month ago. The fact that the 5-foot-11 Chicagoan already has Tech so high up on his list means that he either has a lot of respect for coach Pastner or is genuinely interested in the Tech program. No one can be sure exactly which of those is the case at this point, but it is safe to say that getting a four-star prospect this late in the cycle would be quite a coup for CJP early on in his Tech career.