Defensive Linemen: #26-32
Jeffery Simmons, Daquan Jones, Jack Crawford, Larrell Murchison, Isaiah Mack, Matt Dickerson, Joey Ivie
Simmons could be the next Aaron Donald. DaQuan Jones is solid, nothing more, nothing less. Jack Crawford comes over from Atlanta, and could be a sneaky good addition. Murchison is a lock to make the roster in his rookie season, and could see a bigger role than most people are expecting. Behind those guys, the depth is poor. Mack has shown promise, but this unit could really benefit from a veteran presence.
Outside Linebackers: #33-37
Harold Landry, Vic Beasley, D’Andre Walker, Kamalei Correa, Reggie Gilbert
I know, I know, we’re all hoping to see Jadeveon Clowney here. As time passes, that scenario seems more and more unlikely, and that might be just fine.
Landry almost single-handedly carried the pass rush last year, but hopefully new free agent signee Vic Beasley will help carry the load. I’m also excited to see a healthy D’Andre Walker, as injury wiped out his rookie campaign.
Correa returns as a reliable depth option, and the last spot will most likely be between Gilbert and Derick Roberson. I give the nod to Gilbert due to experience. Solid group here.
Inside Linebackers: #38-41
Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, David Long, Jr., Nate Dzubnar
Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown are the best inside ‘backer duo in the league and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on.
Long, Jr. showed special teams prowess and even looked serviceable on defense in his rookie campaign. Dzubnar is a special teams ace, who essentially takes over the role of Daren Bates.
Watch for UDFA Cale Garrett, as I wouldn’t be surprised to see him eke out a roster spot.