Stuart McNair

A guess at Alabama defense with spring practice starting March 11

How an Alabama defensive depth chart might look as spring training begins

As pointed out in our earlier recap of a potential pre-spring training depth chart on the offense, Alabama Coach Nick Saban doesn’t have a depth chart in the spring. Thus, this look at a potential pre-spring practice depth chart for the defense is merely a guess at how it might look.

 

And even if this was a 100 per cent accurate prediction (which, assuredly, it is not), it would be subject to change at any time. Spring practice is part of the process of developing a team for the 2016 season, and it begins Friday, March 11, and concludes with the A-Day Game April 16.

 

Our thoughts on each defensive position going into spring football practice:

 

LEFT END

93 Jonathan Allen, 6-3, 283, Sr, 3L, Leesburg, Va.

36 Johnny Dwight, 6-3, 300, So, 1L, Rochelle, Ga.

33 Anfernee Jennings, 6-3, 255, Fr, RS, Dadeville

NOSE TACKLE

94 Da’Ron Payne, 6-2, 315, So, 1L, Birmingham

69 Joshua Frazier, 6-4, 315, Jr, 2L, Springdale, Ark.

91 O.J. Smith, 6-2, 308, So, Sq, Bossier City, La.

RIGHT END

54 Dalvin Tomlinson, 6-3, 294, Sr, 3L, McDonough, Ga.

9 Da’Shawn Hand, 6-4, 273, Jr, 2L, Woodbridge, Va.

* Christian Bell, 6-4, 240, Fr, HS, Hoover

51 Jake Long, 5-9, 226, Sr, Sq, Vestavia Hills

JACK LINEBACKER

56 Tim Williams, 6-4, 230, Sr, 3L, Baton Rouge

32 Rashaan Evans, 6-3, 225, So, 1L, Auburn

18 Keaton Anderson, 6-1, 220, Fr, RS, Florence

* Shawn Jennings, 6-1, 220, Fr, HS, Dadeville

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER

22 Ryan Anderson, 6-2, 249, Sr, 3L, Daphne

47 Christian Miller, 6-4, 213, So, 1L, Columbia, S.C.

48 Mikhi Brown, 6-5, 240, Fr, RS, Columbus, Ga.

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

10 Reuben Foster, 6-1, 240, Sr, 3L, Auburn

42 Keith Holcombe, 6-4, 223, So, 1L, Tuscaloosa

40 Joshua McMillon, 6-3, 240, Fr, RS, Memphis

16 Jamey Mosley, 6-5, 221, So, Sq, Theodore

43 Gussie Busch, 5-11, 205, Fr, RS, St. Louis

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER

20 Shaun Dion Hamilton, 6-0, 229, Jr, 2L, Montgomery

35 Walker Jones, 6-2, 240, Jr, 2L, Germantown, Tenn.

17 Adonis Thomas, 6-2, 228, Fr, RS, Lawrenceville, Ga.

46 Derrick Garnett, 6-1, 250, Jr, Sq, Tuscaloosa

LEFT CORNERBACK

26 Marlon Humphrey, 6-1, 192, So, 1L, Hoover

11 Kendall Sheffield, 6-0, 185, Fr, RS, Missouri City, Texas

41 Blaine Anderson, 5-10, 170, Sr, Sq, Charlotte, N.C.

45 Cedric Powell, 5-11, 185, Jr, Sq, Birmingham

RIGHT CORNERBACK

29 Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 195, So, 1L, Old Bridge, N.J.

21 Maurice Smith, 6-0, 199, Sr, 3L, Sugar Land, Texas

@28 Anthony Averett, 6-0, 170, Jr, 2L, Woodbury, N.J.

47 Bo Grant, 6-2, 195, Sr, Sq, Valley

44 Levi Wallace, 6-0, 172, Jr, Sq, Tucson, Ariz.

SAFETY

4 Eddie Jackson, 6-0, 194, Sr, 3L, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

27 Shawn Burgess-Becker, 6-1, 205, So, 1L, Coconut Creek, Fla.

@23 Deonte Thompson, 6-2, 183, Fr, RS, Orange, Texas

31 Nate Staskelunas, 6-3, 210, Sr, Sq, Greenville, N.C.

STRONG SAFETY

15 Ronnie Harrison, 6-3, 218, So, 1L, Tallahassee

6 Laurence “Hootie” Jones, 6-2, 219, Jr, 2L, Monroe, La.

@5 Ronnie Clark, 6-2, 228, So, 1L, Calera

* Shawn Jennings, 6-2, 218, Fr, HS, Dadeville

*2016 Signee Early Enrollee

@ Deonte Thompson, Ronnie Clark, and Anthony Averett are players who could be on offense and/or defense

Status of CB Tony Brown unknown

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