"Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief." -- John Watson, behavioral psychologist
We have 41 "well-formed" four- and five-star (per Rivals) recruits on the squad right now, 24 on offense, 17 on defense. Given our defensive challenges thus far this year and complaints regarding the lack of talent on that side of the ball (the diary comparing U-M to Iowa being an interesting exception, but reminders of Kovacs flailing at the heels of IU backs a compelling counter) it's interesting to consider if moving some of our talent to the defensive side of the ball would be a good idea and, if so, how to do it. If the argument is: "talent is talent" or "you can't teach speed" then it would seem justifiable to consider switches.
There was talk in the spring about moving Cam Gordon over to LB, and given our LB problems, this seems more and more intriguing. Would it make sense to try other highly rated athletes out on D given that no immediate help is on the way (and we're losing BG and possibly Warren)? Some guys are already cemented in the offense, but a few are interesting candidates: Brandon Moore at DE (6-6, 246, 4.65); Roy Roundtree at CB (6-0, 174, 4.4); Terrance Robinson at CB (5-9, 173, 4.4); Martell Webb at LB or DE (6-4, 254, 4.63).
Blah, blah, blah, the coaches know what's best, blah, blah, blah. But it's interesing to consider the potential for a talent infusion on the defense.
(Waiting for the "let's-put-Boubacar-at-OG" jokes).