It wasn't a secret that Michigan needed to recruit more defensive linemen after the relatively light years at the end of the Carr regime. After Pearlie and DeQuinta signed elsewhere on February 4th, the defensive line is left without a lot of depth for the 2009 season.
Without diving into who will play where on the line, a quick rundown of the team provides that Graham, Martin, Van Bergen, and Sagesse could start, with Campbell, Banks, and Roh in the rotation (this scenario would see LaLota redshirt).
We'll get a pretty good indicator of how much confidence Rodriguez and Robinson have in the D-Line by whether players are shifted there from other positions. We will probably see this by the spring game. Which leads to the forum topic. If a player or two is NOT moved to the D-Line by spring ball, should that non-development be a cause for concern or optimism for the 2009 season? Or, would the transfer of a player or two like John Ferrara and one of the excess of tight ends (Webb or Moore, for example) be a cause for concern, and yet, a stopgap solution to ease minds at the same time?
My hope would be that Moore or Webb get the switch in assignment to the defense if it's needed, so that LaLota can redshirt. I wouldn't be concerned about a Ferrara switch either due to depth on the O-Line and his experience on defense.