Projected Starter: Demontre Hurst
Depth: Aaron Colvin, Lamar Harris, Joe Powell, Julian Wilson, Gabe Lynn, Kass Everett
I actually have quite a bit of confidence in the Sooners' cornerbacks this season. However, they still come in at No. 5 on this list due to the lack of certainty among who will be starting, and the lack of actual starts from those who are competing for the job.
As of now, Demontre Hurst is the only for-sure starter. Hurst is the best cornerback on the roster, but even he fell victim to haphazard play last season. As a senior, Hurst will be called upon to be one of the defensive leaders this season, filling in the leadership void that Travis Lewis, Frank Alexander and Jamell Fleming are leaving behind.
After Hurst, things become a little more hazy. Aaron Colvin, who started every game at strong safety last season, appears to be the best option to start alongside Hurst. Colvin played admirably last season, and he has the size, speed and athleticism to be a great cover corner.
Colvin, who is still nursing an injury, was held out of the Sooners' Red and White spring game. Sophomore Julian Wilson was the defensive back who really stood out, totaling a game-high eight tackles.
Senior Lamar Harris and junior Joe Powell are the other defensive backs currently gunning for a starting position. If Colvin remains the team's starting strong safety, then Harris and Powell will be the most likely candidates to start opposite Hurst.
Junior college transfer Kass Everett figures to add depth to the position this year, but he likely won't get an opportunity to see the field on a consistent basis until next season.
Junior Gabe Lynn started the Red and White game as the team's dime back, which is likely where he'll stay unless he's needed at cornerback or safety.
Stoops is prepared to play six defensive backs at a time against high-powered passing attacks this season, so there's a good chance we could see a number of these guys on the field at the same time.