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Id just like to hear tbe opinions here. When you look at position groups, it seems we have done extaordinarely good. However, we may see some glaring concerns if we break each position down.
What say you?
Gotta be WR. After that, more of everything, only bigger, faster, stronger and with more wiggle.
Pure pass rusher or elite playmaking WR.
I may be in the minority here.
I don't think it's a coincidence that we took 4 corners in '13. The coaches see a depth issue and a talent issue in the secondary. If we want to blitz like mattison likes we need the secondary to be that good to handle being on islands and make plays. FS is number 1 because after Wilson who do we have? Clark maybe?
This post was edited by Luger 18 months ago
Good question Kyle. I'd say QB, considering Michigan did not take one in 2012. Also think a big-time pass rushing DE is important.
I agree with DB needing a talent upgrade, but we've taken quite a few in the past two classes and you have to figure a couple will pan out. We also get an extra year with Countess (medical RS). I would put DB second after WR. And I would put DE third.
1) WR -- A lot of unknowns, so landing a stud would be really nice.
2) QB -- most critical position so I'd always have this high on the list unless there were 2 proven guys with multiple years left
3) LB -- Used up a year of our top-3 freshman's eligibility last year and Ryan could leave for the NFL. The staff was looking late for another LB to add to the class, which tells me they have some concerns.
4) CB -- Kind of like WR, we have bodies, but some are high risk projects (Stribling, Reon Dawson, etc). Landing a kid like Westphal would be really nice.
So you are happy with our current pass rushers?
1. QB - Clear top priority in my opinion.
2. DE - One or two stud DEs is going to be very, very important going forward
3. CB - I think getting another top player with some size in this class would be a huge addition down the road.
4. WR - The way this team is building, they should be able to run the ball effectively enough to get their receivers one-on-one coverage and also get them open with the playaction pass as well. I think a kid like Drake Harris would be the perfect fit for what Michigan is building, but I don't think it's as much a need as continuing to build up on defense.
Many also believed wlb may need a superior prospect.
I truly think its a speed rusher. Although mario may end up pretty good there. But that is in fact, the second most important position on the field
QB, DE, WR, in that order.
DE would've been my next one listed. I'm not happy with the position, given the lack of production last year, but Ojemudia should be much better next year, Clark might be better without the whole off-the-field stuff hanging over him through camp, and Taco has high potential as well. I also hope a kid like Strobel or Wormley gives us a little more ability to get to the QB than Roh showed his final year.
I like the guys you have listed for many different reasons, but I wouldnt consider any of them to be an elite pass rusher. Dont get me wrong they have the potential(mostly raw), but we need that recruit that just wows you coming off the edge.
WR so much.
A different way to look at this question would be the talent level in the 2014 class. With kids like McDowell, Mone, and Hand all having Michigan in their top group it is really important that we land a couple of them.
I can agree with that, but you could say the same thing with the QBs in this class. We are leading or coleading for the top 3 in this class and havent even offered.
Explosive pass rusher, deep threat at WR with speed, another elite QB prospect.
Also toss in a true ball-hawking FS.
I'm pretty sure we're not in on Keller Chryst at all.
DE, WR, and QB
Specifically, Da'Shawn Hand/Malik McDowell, Drake Harris/Artavis Scott/Corey Holmes, and David Cornwell/Caleb Henderson.
Ok sorry 3 out of the top 4. That is still pretty good isnt it?
Also I have never been big on Cali QBs.
In the B10, most teams (especially the top tier ones) are run first. IMO you need to put a priority on a strong DL and LBs that can stop the run. A great pass rusher is nice, but it's secondary. And if you have elite CBs, you can afford to bring some extra pressure in the form of blitzes on obvious passing downs. As an example, Clowney was considered USCe's best defensive player this year but except for the one blown blocking assignment that led to Smith's decapitation he really didn't cause us too many problems in the Outback Bowl. One reason for that is we ran the ball 45 times and only threw it 18 times. Or to explain it another way, statistically we had one of the best passing defenses in the country last season. Why? Because the B10 is not a big passing conference. Having a Jadeveon Clowney would be great, but having another Ondre Pipkins or Jake Ryan or Charles Woodson or even another good SDE who can consistently hold the edge on rushing plays against teams like Wisconsin and Ohio State and Nebraska is more useful IMO.
Agreed but wideout first imo.
Edit meant to tag steel's post.
This post was edited by MichaelHardenII 18 months ago
A running qb like gardner can cover offensive deficiencies for a while. Go defense, defense, defense
OL should definitely be the top priority.
NEED MOAR OLZ
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