A long offseason is on the horizon, which means analysts and fans alike are looking ahead to the 2022 season, which means weeks of predictions.
In some cases, the outlook even extends beyond 2022. ESPN is conducting a series of studies examining the future power rankings of different positional units by recruiting rankings, transfer rankings and possible future NFL departures, based on current roster makeup.
idea? Let fans know which units are poised for major success in the 2022, 2023 and 2024 seasons.
Florida State is No. 21 in the future defensive strength rankings, down nine spots from last year’s ranking in the series.
On the surface, this is at least a little confusing to many fans.Gators finally get rid of defensive coordinator Todd Granthamhe produced two of the worst defenses of the modern era in UF.
new defensive coordinator Patrick Tony Take over and will have at least some quality parts available.interior solutions Gervin Dexter He has potential first-rounders written all over him, and Brenton Cox Is a pretty good rusher.senior centre back Ventrell Miller Come back to lead a team with some emerging young talent.And then secondary, it can bring a lot of experience and at least some star power at cornerbacks etc. Jason Marshall.
Will all of this lead to a significant improvement in defense this fall, or will the Gators find a way to overtake ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg at No. 21 in the future against this team?
Here’s what Rittenberg had to say In his article on Florida:
Scouting alligators: After so many roster and coaching changes, Florida State is one of the most unpredictable teams. But the fundamentals of the defense, coupled with a promising recruiting start, put the Gators in the rankings for the first time in this year’s FPR series.Florida State has solid elements on all three levels, starting with tackles Gervin Dexter And the charge ended with Brenton Cox Jr., who led the team in sacks (8.5), tackle losses (14.5) and quarterback pressure (14). The development of others will be important, especially non-elderly people such as end Prince Uman Mirrendeal with Jaren Leenose Desmond Watson and end Tyrek Sapp. Florida Signs ESPN 300 Defensive Tackle . Chris McClellan In the class of 2022.senior linebacker Ventrell Millerwho started 21 games in 2019 and 2020, and an injury limited him to just two games last fall, will consolidate defensive midfield with his senior amary burney (44 tackles last season). After 2022, red shirt freshmen scooby doo williams and junior high school ground black Numbers are the bigger factor, Florida brings Shemar JamesRecruits for the ESPN 300.
first grade coach Billy Napier Inherit senior security and other secondary talents Treadion IIIthe team’s tackles leader (92) in 2021, tied with interception leader Rashad Torrance II, who is just a sophomore.Nickel Safety Treviz Johnson is another sophomore, and Jadarice Perkins There are multiple seasons of eligibility.Cornerbacks include Jason Marshall Jr.ESPN’s top cornerback and 2021 No. 44 overall recruit, sophomore Avery Helmet and Jayden, and other non-elderly people.Florida will introduce Kamari WilsonESPN’s top safety and No. 18 overall recruiting in 2022, should make a difference in the first full recruiting cycle under Napier.
A fairly reasonable take, especially noting that the development of the rest of the line complementing Dexter and Cox on the defensive line would be key.
The defensive tackle position next to Dexter is arguably the biggest question mark on defense and has to be answered in some form or form, especially since there are few options in the transfer market for that position. But if the issue is at least addressed in a proper way—perhaps stepped up by one of the players Rittenberg mentioned—Florida should be relatively solid in 2022.
The planned changes, which will debut this fall, will be watched over the next few years.