I think most would agree we have 2 upper end players on each side of the ball - Devin and Funchess on offense, and Ryan and Clark* on the defense. Three of these four, and most likely all if Funchess fulfills his promise will be gone after this year. With that said fast forward 3 months and who do you see as the 3rd/4th "best" players at that moment on each side of the ball.
NOT who has the most potential or who is most important (I'd throw Jarrod Wilson as most important on the defense due to the drop off/lack of experience behind him) but who on Nov 1 is showing to be an impact player like Funchess did on Nov 1, 2013.
*Countess is probably in same realm as Clark in talent but faces some health and competition issues.
Obvious candidate on defense is Peppers but if you think that - that would mean 10-11 games into his freshman year he is the 3rd or 4th best player on a pretty veteran defense. Plausible but aggressive for a player we've never seen. If you pick Gedeon it would mean he is getting a lot of playing time - which seems unlikely if he is stuck at MIKE. Picking a corner is difficult when we don't know the rotation. If you pick a running back it means our OL is competent enough to be opening holes so (Green/Smith) can flourish to be the 3rd/4th best player on offense. If you pick any WR it is someone who has almost no game experience. If you pick any OL well ...
So think it through.
- Ross III
- Butt even at 80%
- ....still thinking.... throws dart. Dart hits Darboh.