OU post-camp depth chart: Defense

Sooners will be fluid at every level on the defensive side of the ball

Down to just days until the season opener, and as is usually the custom, Oklahoma will release its official two-deep depth chart Monday.

Before that happens, here’s one last guess at what it might look like:

Now, the defense

Defensive tackle

Matt Romar, Marquise Overton, Jordan Wade

Why?Romar’s hold on the starting spot might just be in name alone. Could be a heavy rotation with all three playing. Overton has definitely shown he’s ready for action.

Defensive end

Charles Tapper, Charles Walker, Matt Dimon, D.J. Ward

Why? Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds said Tapper is the only known starter on the line. Walker and Dimon will probably play the hybrid (inside/outside) position with Ward as Tapper’s primary back-up.

Inside linebackers

Jordan Evans, Dominique Alexander, Frank Shannon, Tay Evans, Curtis Bolton

Why? Looks clear to me that Evans is the top linebacker in the rotation. Alexander starts in front of Shannon for the time being – for the season opener at the very least. It’s a strong group but could have Alexander or Shannon opposite Evans. Bolton and Evans will see time – not just in mop-up duty.

Outside linebackers

Eric Striker, Devante Bond, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Ricky DeBerry

Why? This will be the most fluid position of any on defense. Each can play on the line as pass rushers, but Bond might be the favorite to stay standing up in four-man defensive fronts. DeBerry is still ways away – might be ready by Kansas State.


Zack Sanchez, Jordan Thomas, Will Johnson, P.J. Mbanasor, Marcus Green

Why?Pretty self-explanatory here. Sanchez and Thomas are the clear starters. I think Mbanasor has played well enough to pass all the returners.

Nickel back

Steven Parker, Will Johnson, Kahlil Haughton

Why? Basically, Parker and no one else.

Strong safety

Steven Parker, Hatari Byrd, Kahlil Haughton

Why? In four-DB sets, Parker will play strong safety. Byrd rotates in when Parker plays nickel back. Although, Haughton could knock Byrd off by the Big 12 season.

Free safety

Ahmad Thomas, Kahlil Haughton, Prentice McKinney

Why? Thomas is pretty much the starter all year here. Can’t have two true freshmen on the back end.


Jack Steed, Austin Seibert

Why?Don’t want the true freshman to have to do too much. Seibert will punt and kick next year.

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