M FB 2014: Now featuring talent and depth, part 2.

M FB 2014: Now featuring talent and depth, part 2.

Submitted by Mich1993 on July 18th, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Now that I had the table of talent and depth for 2014, I was curious how this compared to the 2013 team and a projected 2015 team.  Here’s the table of 2013, 2014 and 2015.  For 2015, I assume no attrition which is optimistic but for Brady Hoke’s tenure at Michigan not far off (mentally subtract 2-3 if you like). 

 

 

2013 Total 4*+, JR>

2014 Total 4*+, JR>

2015 Total 4*+, JR>

CB

1

3

3

Safety

0

1

3

LB

0

3

4

DT

1

1

3

DE

2

2

3

 

 

 

 

QB

1

1

1

RB

1

1

4

T

2

0

1

G

0

0

3

C

0

0

0

WR

1

2

3

TE

0

0

1

Total

9

14

30

 

At the top level, this matches my perception that the overall team should be better in 2014 and much better in 2015.  In 2014, we’ll have 50% more 4*+ JRs and SRs then in 2013.  By 2015, we’ll have double the 4*+ JRs and SRs from 2014 for a total of around 30. 

The good news for 2014 from this table is CB and LB play should be better and maybe safety.  That sounds to me like an improved defense.  The bad news is the OL loses two 4* SRs and has no 4*+ JRs/SRs to replace them with.  There are three 4* players in their third year at Michigan (Magnuson, Kalis and Bars).  This gets a lot better in 2015 with four 4*+ JRs on the OL.

 

Individual Players

Now, let’s look at indivual players as a check on the usefulness of the criteria.  Here’s the list of 2013 and 2014 players who met or will meet the criteria.

2013

2014

Jibreel Black

Raymon Taylor

Q Washington

Brennen Beyer

Taylor Lewan

Devin Gardner

Michael Schofield

Blake Countess

Jeremy Gallon

Terry Richardson

Fitz Touissant

Jarrod Wilson

Raymon Taylor

Joe Bolden

Devin Gardner

James Ross

Brennen Beyer

Jenkins-Stone

 

Ondre Pipkins

 

Mario Ojemudia

 

Justice Hayes

 

Devin Funchess

 

Dennis Norfleet

 

 

For 2013, of the 6 who graduated, 3 were NFL draft picks and all 9 of the players were starters and significant contributors.  Going into 2014, 9 of the 14 have already been starters and two more (Bolden and Ojemudia) have played significant snaps and have 2 years left to make a larger impact.  Of the remaining 3, Jenkins-Stone and Justice Hayes may both make a contribution this year.  This leaves only Terry Richardson as an unlikely starter/significant contributor, and he might be in line for playing time if we didn’t have such a logjam of talented CBs.

 

It would be nice if there were more stars on this list, but 11 of these players still have their two best years ahead of them so that could change.  Come 2015, there will be close to 30 players of this caliber on the roster.  If the recruiting and attrition stays the same as the last few years, we should have 30 or more players of this caliber every single year going forward.

 

Looks to me like a step forward in 2014 and the sky’s the limit from 2015 on out.