No matter what happens with the players who are eligible to leave for the NFL Draft, the Bulldogs defense will be completely different next year.
But does that mean the defense will take two steps back?
Head coach Mark Richt doesn't think so because he thinks the defense will be very fast and very athletic.
Will that be enough to have better numbers next year? That's uncertain, but with the players they have to build around and the new players that are expected to make an impact, the defense has a great chance to be as good as it was in 2011.
Here are five reasons why the defense will improve in 2013.