Two years ago, I really liked the idea of a Deathbacker. The name was obviously a winner, but also I liked the versatility. A pocket collapsing speed rusher that would sometimes drop into coverage (not too often) with a TE to show a different defensive look. We had Roh with an apparent beast-in-waiting with Wilkins stepping in behind him and an undersized Davion Rogers included in the class as well. Michigan would eschew the traditional "two big guys" at end, adding what I thought could be a promising wrinkle. Illinois, by necessity or by design, utilized a big run stopping end and a faster, lanky, speed rusher.
So what happened? The move to a three man front essentially got rid of a seemingly good wrinkle and position that was recruited. Besides the obvious "well RR just wanted a three man front", does anyone know why this was abandoned? Did anyone ready any post-season analysis regarding the experiment with the Deathbacker and if it was considered a failure? With an undersized Roh last year, I don't even know if we say the true potential there. Looking for input on this one.