GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With spring practice much less than a week away, Swamp247 continues its position previews to analyze each and every spot as Florida heads into Year two beneath coach Dan Mullen. Subsequent up, cornerback (and nickelback).
Cornerback Spring Preview
Overview: The only genuine query at the position is who actions in for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson at nickelback. And that is not so a great deal a query of who, but rather how effectively Trey Dean will slide into that part. Meanwhile, CJ Henderson is back on the outdoors in what should really be a monster year prior to a jump to the NFL Draft, though Marco Wilson will return healthier at some point from a torn ACL. Florida should really be definitely loaded right here, specially just after an infusion of truly top quality young talent.
Strengths: Man Cover Potential, Size, Physicality
Name just about any top quality you want in your cornerbacks and nickelbacks and Florida has it. Henderson is as very good a cover guy as you are going to uncover in the league, with the recovery speed to track down just about any individual deep. Wilson has a terrific IQ for the position and has outstanding method. He can also play fairly physically. So also can Dean, who could possibly even be much better suited to playing inside in the slot than he was final year outdoors. There is a ton to like right here.
Weaknesses: Correct Freshmen Backups
This is truly only a weakness if the correct freshmen who will be counted on to play important backup roles subsequent year are not as very good as anticipated. Truthfully this could finish up getting a strength. But provided that Florida was exposed by lack of top quality depth a year ago, the truth that most of the important backups are projected to be correct freshmen this year is a concern till we see what they can do.
What To Watch: Sadly spring most likely will not be pretty as fascinating as fall, mainly because the Gators nonetheless are not anticipated to be operating with a complete complement of players right here. Wilson will most most likely be restricted in spring ball as he continues to recover from his torn ACL, as will freshman Jaydon Hill. Furthermore, super talented freshman Kaiir Elam does not arrive till the summer season.
So a great deal of the competitors for important backup roles will not take place till fall camp. Nevertheless, hold an eye on Chris Steele. He’s most likely to get key reps with the initially-group this spring in the periods that Wilson is a no-go in. He’ll get just about every possibility to perform his way into a important backup part off the bat. Then, of course, there is monitoring how Dean fares with his move to nickelback.
What We Count on: Since Henderson is such a identified commodity, it’d be surprising to see him repping with the initially-group in much more than about half of the snaps. That signifies guys like Steele and even Christopher McWilliams and Brian Edwards should really get probabilities to see if the light can commence to come on. If freshman Chester Kimbrough slots at cornerback rather of nickelback or security, he’s an additional in that mix.
Nevertheless, it really is difficult to see the beginning 3 subsequent fall getting any individual other than Henderson, Wilson and Dean. One thing strange would have to take place for that not to be the case.
Other Position Previews:
– All eyes at QB on the backup job
– Count on a healthier spring battle at RB
– UF nonetheless attempting to unlock complete possible at WR
– Gators have top quality alternatives at TE
– Practically nothing settled on O-line going into spring
– Starters strong but backups have to emerge at DE
– Lots of alternatives to replace Joseph at LB