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    Positions of priority for 2015

    Reading the post about 15 running backs offered started me wondering what the positions we really need to fill particularly well. Other than running back. ; > )

    I'm guessing inside LB and Safety. Maybe interior DT.

    Over to you, recruitniks.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Offensive Tackle -- we'll look to add probably 2; outside of CR and DJ from 2014, everyone else is probably an interior player

    Running back -- likely 2, but some of our targets here can play other positions (Kerryon Johnson can play almost anywhere)

    Wide Receiver -- We lose at least 3 after 2014 (CJ, Coop, and White) so we'll likely look for 3+ here

    Tight End -- we'll look to sign at least 2 imho.

    Inside LB and Safety are definitely our biggest needs on defense. We always look to add people on DL, but I think we'll focus more on pure DE in '15 because we have guys like AShawn, Frazier, Smith and Dwight that can play on the inside.

    I think the 2015 class will have a lot more skill players than linemen.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    It's a bit too early to really get into specifics, and as a general matter the composition of the class is still pretty fluid at this point, just because so much in terms of player development, attrition, injuries, and early departures for the NFL draft has obviously yet to happen as it relates to the 2015 season. That said, I think jps has a nice general summary above of where we will likely go.

    For now, I think we focus heavily on safety, linebacker, and wide receiver. Offensive tackle will be a priority again just because that's the nature of the beast in the SEC, and we'll try to find another top QB prospect. We will nab a couple of tailbacks, and I hope a couple of more college-ready corners (i.e. not "athletes" or long-term developmental projects). The biggest X-factors for the time being in terms of class composition is where we are heading schematically at tight end (traditional end-of-line blockers v. hybrid types like Howard and Flournoy-Smith) and whether the staff is sufficiently satisfied that we've gotten sufficiently more athletic along the defensive line in the past two classes. My hope is that we sign three or four more DL who fit the "quick twitch" mold, in Saban's parlance, but not sure that will actually happen just yet.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    I also think we will be looking hard to recruit a good builder. We will need more room in the trophy case.
    Last edited by glasscutter256; February 27th, 2014 at 11:18 AM.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    QB-1
    RB-2
    H-Back-1
    TE-2
    WR-3
    OL-3
    DL-3
    DE-4
    OLB-2
    ILB-2
    CB-3
    SS-1
    FS-1
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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    And you have to watch out for transfers after A-day.
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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by drsmithofga View Post
    And you have to watch out for transfers after A-day.
    Like who?

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by NoNC4Tubs View Post
    Like who?
    Whoever leaves. There has to be a few. But this doesn't need to turn into another oversigning thread.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by NoNC4Tubs View Post
    Like who?
    One or two of the QBs will most likely transfer. Morris, McLeod, and Bateman will see their position in the pecking order and make a decision on their future. Very unlikely they all stay.

    Quote Originally Posted by tide96 View Post
    Whoever leaves. There has to be a few. But this doesn't need to turn into another oversigning thread.
    No one is making this into an oversigning thread.
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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Lee View Post
    QB-1
    RB-2
    H-Back-1
    TE-2
    WR-3
    OL-3
    DL-3
    DE-4

    OLB-2
    ILB-2
    CB-3
    SS-1
    FS-1
    .

    Seven total on the Def Line? Seems a bit too many to me. Agree with the 5 in the secondary, though.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by bama579 View Post
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    Seven total on the Def Line? Seems a bit too many to me. Agree with the 5 in the secondary, though.
    Agreed on DL. We just signed 6 in the 2014 class.

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    Re: Positions of priority for 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Lee View Post
    QB-1
    RB-2
    H-Back-1
    TE-2
    WR-3
    OL-3
    DL-3
    DE-4
    OLB-2
    ILB-2
    CB-3
    SS-1
    FS-1
    If we sign seven defensive linemen in this class, that will be a sign that something has gone horribly wrong somewhere along the line. I also think you'll see those five defensive backs slated more towards safety than cornerback, but otherwise, I think that's a pretty solid pecking order.

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