#1 Linebacker position: We know Chad Greenway is a lock at the Strong Side Linebacker spot. In the Middle we will need to keep our eyes on a few guys who could make an impact at this position. I think it's Erin Henderson's spot to lose, but keep an eye on guys like Audie Cole, Michael Mauti and Tyrone McKenzie. Audie Cole had a great pre-season last year and has the ability to make game changing plays, but lacks size and experience. Michael Mauti is built like a true Middle Linebacker, but is a rookie and has injury concerns. Tyrone McKenzie has been in the NFL since 2009 and still hasn't made an impact, so why is it going to happen in 2013? On the Weak Side spot look for Gerald Hodges our fourth round pick in 2013 NFL Draft to play that role. Also, look for Audie Cole or maybe even Larry Dean to compete.
#2 Wide Receiver position: Greg Jennings is our #1 WR, who is #2, #3, #4, etc? Look for Jerome Simpson and Cordarrelle Patterson compete for the #2 spot opposite Jennings. I hope Patterson wins this battle! At slot look for Jarius Wright to snab this role. Who will battle for depth? Simpson? Joe Webb? Greg Childs? Stephen Burton? Chris Summers? Rodney Smith? I think we will see some competition, it may not be elite competition, but it's competition. Two names stick out as possible cuts in Joe Webb and Jerome Simpson because of contracts. They both will be given a chance, but both will have a target on them this offseason.
#3 Cornerback position: We could see a lot of shuffling this offseason. Do we have a #1 or #2 corner? I hope Xavier Rhodes is the real deal and can be our #1 guy, but that is a lot to ask of from a rookie. Chris Cook has the size to be a good corner in the NFL, but must prove he has what it takes. Josh Robinson, Jacob Lacey, A.J. Jefferson, Brandon Burton, Bobby Felder and Marcus Sherels will compete for a roster spot. I will definitely keep an eye on these names during OTA's, mini camp and preseason.