- Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
- Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
- Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
- John Johnson-S, Boston College
- James Conner-RB, Pitt
- Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
- Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State
The team showed some potential and improved in some areas on both sides of the ball this season. The key going forward will be how well the team can develop more consistency and limit game changing mistakes on both sides of the ball. The game changing mistakes were committed by the players. Those game changing mistakes were turnovers on offense and uncharacteristic big plays on defense. Clean those areas up and the team will be in a better position to make the playoffs next season.
- Bruce Davis
- Tony Hills
- Dennis Dixon
- Bruce Davis
- Ryan Mundy
Look at that list and tell me again that you believe the Defensive Coordinator's evaluation skills are more lacking than Tomlin or Colbert. Moreover, you never hear much about the coordinators being involved in the predraft scouting. You hear about Tomlin and Colbert.
There was an evaluation problem with those picks, but there is absolutely no basis to suggest that there is a development problem. Nobody else developed those guys into players.
I don't expect to win every game or keep teams off the board but let's stop pretending like this D doesn't have some glaring weaknesses.
NE shut Tebow down with ease the next week... makes you wonder why other teams with less talent on D can get their players to execute better.