I started this as a reply on another post but I would like to solicit your opinions. Basically to make me feel better. I'll start by saying I think our O will be scary assuming Hyde comes back. I think we get a lot better next year on O. Some people on this board seem to think our D will be nasty next year. I'm not so confident.
Everything below is written with my National Championship glasses on. I think it goes without saying the D will be good, but will they be dominant?
At a high level I think D-Line Should be great, our D Backs Could be great and our LB's after RDS are average at best?
My objective assessment of our db's is that we had great talent but were out of position more than I would like. With 7 gone and Roby maybe gone where are we really? Eli, Cam and co should be great but as freshman? I would say equal to this year at best if Roby goes. If Roby stays we're looking better.
RDS is nasty but who will step up to fill the other 2? There was a time when we just put the next guy in and he turned out to be Kat or James L. or Hawk or Homan or Roll etc. That wasn't the case this year and I'm not sure who it will be next year. I thought for sure C Grant would at least be playing like RDS 2 years ago by now. He couldn't make the field, that is scary to me. Perry looks good but he was mostly in playing as a stand up end a la N. Williams. I would say we are about equal to this year at best.
I'm pretty confident in the D line but look at reality. Basically the entire D-line is gone. Sure the freshmen got meaningful minutes but what huge plays did the underclassment make? They definitely played well but generally it was all Simon, Hankins, Goebel and Williams. The talent is freaky but that is an upperclassment position. Even J. Clowney didn't dominate as a freshman. Can we really expect freshman to be at a National Championship level? I have huge hopes for Bosa and company but where are guys like Steve Miller? I only noticed (I'm sure he played more) Miller in on a couple plays this year. Michael Bennett had meaningful minutes but honestly, do we really think Bennett, Miller, Schutt, Washington, and Spence are better than Simon, Hankins, Goebel and Williams? At best I think we are equal. That said equal to this D line is pretty good but I could see us taking a step back.