Look at the prospects likely to declare in 2010.
There are 7 legitamite first round defensive tackles, 3 - 5 in the top 20.
Marvin Austin out of UNC, 6-3, 305 and ran a 4.88. He had 6 TFL and 4 sacks while only starting 3 games.
Gerald McCoy, 6-4, 295 from OU, would probably go top 15 this year if he declared.
Terrance Cody, the man mountain from Bama
Demarcus Granger, the other DT from OU
Geno Atkins, a quick shoot-the-gaps kind of DT at 6-1, 290 from Georgia
Vince Ohgobaase, 6-6 310 from Duke, good production and low body fat percentage for his size
Ndamukong Suh, 6-4 310 from Nebraska. He was a late first rounder in '08, but decided to stay and get his degree.
For DE's we have 4 1st round prospects
Everson Griffen from USC - 6'3 265.. who ran a 4.58! 5.5 sacks while starting 2 games.
George Selvie - you know the man.
Carlos Dunlap - 6'6, 295, runs a 4.7. Sounds an awful lot like a guy we know.
Greg Middleton from Indiana, 6'3 275 from Indiana, had 16 sacks in 07
For safeties we have another interesting group.
Myron Rolle - Interesting prospect. I wonder what a year away from football will do to him? He was a 1-2 rounder if he declared this year instead of taking the Rhodes Scholarship.
Eric Berry - Mmmm. 6'0, 195, runs a 4.36, and had 5 picks as a true freshman
Kam Chancellor - Could sneak into the 1st round with a good year. At 6'4, 225, 4.50, he's a poor mans Taylor Mays.
I dunno, this isn't an indepth analysis, just more of out loud thinking, but I think as long as we get one starter on defense in 2009, I think we will be able to pursue areas of need later on in 2010 with greater flexibility. That's all.