We'll find out how accurate our initial impressions of the newcomers really were. Will Deonte Thompson look as smooth against more experienced defensive backs? Will Lorenzo Edwards still look like an immediate contributor when he has to try and run with Cornelius Ingram or take on blocks from guys who were starters in Glendale back in January? Will Brandon Hicks, Jerimy Finch and Major Wright step right into the rotation and not miss a beat?
To me, the position to watch as things pick up is defensive end. Four guys will try and get into the mix, and must successfully do so. While every other position could probably survive without any help from freshmen – linebacker being the notable exception – defensive end is the spot where at least two new guys will have to see the field quickly. Ranking those guys will be much easier in the next few days, but watching them compete will be a real highlight.