Quick follow up based on some of the comments from yesterday’s Depth Chart Engineering 101 post.
Tommy Zbikowski to Linebacker
Can’t believe I forgot about this one yesterday. There have been posts clamoring for Zibby to move to linebacker for the past two seasons, and prior to the addition of Corwin Brown, I would have agreed with them. Brown, however, has just got done turning Kerry Rhodes into a Pro-Bowl caliber safety, and I would like to see what Brown can do with Zibby this year. The weight gained Zbikowski gained for his fight last summer looked like it may have slowed him down a hair. Instead of seeing him bulk up and play linebacker, I’d love to see him slim down a bit and remain at safety. One think people tend to forget is that most of the deep plays given up were aimed at the other safety.
Terrail Lambert to Safety
This is an interesting one, and one I had not really thought about much. That said, I think its pretty intriguing. I’m not quite sure if Lambert is physical enough to play safety, but he would be able to provide the deep coverage that Notre Dame has been lacking. Lambert will start the Spring as one of the starting corners, but if some of the young corners show they are ready to start, a position change to safety is not completely unthinkable. I still have questions about Lambert’s ability to stop the run though. He was a sound tackler most of the year, but he isn’t overly physical.
Munir Prince to Wide Receiver/Flanker
Another interesting one. I think Prince probably has the speed and the moves in the open field to play the position, but on the few opportunities he had to catch the ball, he didn’t exactly show great hands. It’s hard to judge based on those limited chances, so I wouldn’t rule this one out. With Robert Hughes and Armando Allen joining the backfield in 2007, Notre Dame will have the numbers at running back to make such a move. Seeing Prince with the ball in the open field could be an exciting scenario for Notre Dame fans. He doesn’t have the size to be the kind of receiver that gets the tough third down because he will have to deal with a lot of jams at the line. If he could line up in a multiple receiver set he has the speed to get downfield.
Stay tuned for DCE 102 later tonight for my crack at projected the offensive depth chart.[tags]Tom Zbikowski, Munir Prince, Terrail Lambert, Notre Dame Football[/tags]