That being said it could get a great boost immediately from the physical potential shutdown corner drafted, Alphonso Smith out of Wake Forest. I’ve seen a lot of this guy, and he can play. While much has been said about his size, I don’t buy it. He’s instinctual, quick and I have no reason to believe he won’t be a top performer this year.
I’d venture a guess that Smith will overtake either an aging Ricky Manning Jr. or Fahkir Brown by their third or fourth game of the season, if not sooner.
Oshiomogho Atogwe and Ronald Bartell are both returning starters, but this Defense was nothing to write home about last year. With the secondary problems they had last year (near the bottom of the league in forced turnovers, i.e.: interceptions), I’d expect that this will be a major weak point.
After the secondary, line backers have got to be the area in desperate need of improvement from last year. But, as in the secondary, they did draft a stud to fill an LB spot: Jimmy James Laurinaitis! My boy is gonna tear it up, may take awhile to adjust, but I see him doing nothing but big things!