Did the offense yesterday. Fell asleep during the Texans/Astros games to do the Defense. Here are 5 guys that nobody is talking about who will make an impact by the end of the season excluding true freshmen.
LB: Elijah Gooden: Weight room beast. Converted RB from HS. I think he will push for playing time rushing the passer. He will almost certainly contribute on special teams.
CB: Ka’Darian Smith: One of the young inexperienced CB’s have to step up this season with the top 3 CB’s graduating. I’m betting it will be K. Smith.
LB: Amaud Willis-Dalton: Late recruiting get by Applewhite last year. Has versatility to play safety as well. Can see Applewhite and D’onofrio used him in a variety of ways on defense.
DE Noah Jones: Redshirted last year. If one of Chambers/Carter get hurt and have to miss games I can see Jones making an impact. Has very good pass rush skills.
DB DJ Small: Played in a few games as a freshman before missing the rest of the season with an injury. Was getting backup reps at that time. If he proves he is 100 percent healthy he will push for playing time again. Too small (no pun intended) to play outside, but can be a really good nickel CB.