Free article on 247: Ranking Florida's 2020 roster by position Ranking Florida's 2020 roster by position GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Though we likely aren't going to get the luxury of watching Florida go through a normal spring practice to start to form our opinions on how the Gators stack up heading into the 2020 season, we still have a pretty good idea what UF is working with. Florida has plenty of veterans at just about every position. That proven production allows us to quantify some baseline expectations, but what about the unproven spots or positions with questionable depth. Well, we put together a way to take a look at just how strong each position is, relative to the others. We took three different factors into account at each position and graded it on a 1-5 scale, with half-point intervals considered. Judging the unit's front line players (starters and key backups), overall talent and depth, we combined the grades to form a total score. Then we looked at how each position came out. Here's our ranking of Florida's position groups, from weakest to strongest, heading into 2020. OFFENSIVE LINE Front Line: 3.0 Overall Talent: 3.5 Depth: 4.0 Total: 10.5 The lack of quality front-line talent is really the biggest issue, and it's one of the reasons the group struggled a year ago. The depth has really been shored up on the unit, but most of it is young. Until some of those younger players with a higher ceiling in terms of athleticism, frame and talent begin to emerge, this unit is tough to rank much higher. Florida needs at least a couple first- or second-year players to turn into significant contributors or starters. LINEBACKER Front Line: 3.5 Overall Talent: 3.5 Depth: 3.5 Total: 10.5 This is a group that looks fairly average across the board, though it could be bolstered by younger players like Tyron Hopper or Derek Wingo emerging as vital contributors. But even the depth here is a little shaky; there just aren't a ton of bodies here with Amari Burney projected to move over to nickelback. James Houston and Ventrell Miller are serviceable enough as starters, but it would be a stretch to forecast an All-SEC type season from either. RUNNING BACK Front Line: 4.0 Overall Talent: 3.5 Depth: 4.0 Total: 11.5 We really like Dameon Pierce as the starter here, but there's not a ton of reason to have a whole lot of confidence in the rest of the group. That with the caveat that we don't know yet whether Miami transfer Lorenzo Lingard will be cleared to play next fall. If he's eligible, the depth looks a little better here, at least. But there are too many guys in the unit that look like just serviceable players, rather than potential stars. WIDE RECEIVER Front Line: 4.0 Overall Talent: 4.0 Depth: 3.5 Total: 11.5 The front line talent is relatively good, even if somewhat unproven on a larger scale. Trevon Grimes, Jacob Copeland and Kadarius Toney offer some significant upside. Add four-star freshman signees Xzavier Henderson and Jaquavion Fraziars and the talent overall looks pretty solid. Depth is a little light in terms of proven talent; that'll rely on the three redshirt freshmen emerging as potential contributors. DEFENSIVE TACKLE Front Line: 4.0 Overall Talent: 4.0 Depth: 4.0 Total: 12.0 Given the finish Tedarrell Slaton had to the 2019 season and how productive Kyree Campbell was, the front line talent here is strong, though not quite top-notch. The overall talent and depth are harder to judge, because it will be based in significant part on a big incoming freshman class. Gervon Dexter, at the very least, figures to be an early contributor and has top-notch talent. The veterans returning outside of the starters haven't given a ton of reason for any sort of exceeding optimism. SAFETY Front Line: 4.0 Overall Talent: 4.0 Depth: 4.0 Total: 12.0 Florida established a clear hierarchy at the position toward the end of the 2019 season, though it still rotated its safeties pretty liberally even so. Shawn Davis and Brad Stewart are quality SEC starters, while Donovan Stiner has provided consistent, high-IQ play at the position. The depth and talent level were both shored up with a large freshman class that has some players who should be able to step in and produce within the next year or two. QUARTERBACK Front Line: 4.5 Overall Talent: 4.5 Depth: 3.5 Total: 12.5 Kyle Trask returns as arguably the SEC's best passer, so the top-line talent is quality. The overall talent is also very good, with Emory Jones going into his third season and having some experience under his belt now, and freshman Anthony Richardson just oozing potential. The only real knock on this group is the depth. By Dan Mullen's own admission, he'd like to have one quarterback in every class. Florida's short of that by one man. DEFENSIVE END Front Line: 4.0 Overall Talent: 4.5 Depth: 4.5 Total: 13.0 This is a group where the front line talent might actually end up a little better than we have it graded here, but we'd like to see Georgia transfer Brenton Cox in action and Jeremiah Moon healthy again first. But Zachary Carter seems poised for a monster year and those two should at least be quality starters. The overall talent in the unit is really good, with the likes of Khris Bogle, Mohamoud Diabate providing some proven production and several other youngsters shoring up the depth. CORNERBACK Front Line: 4.5 Overall Talent: 4.5 Depth: 4.0 Total: 13.0 Florida has two of the league's top cornerbacks returning in Marco Wilson and up-and-coming star Kaiir Elam. That's one heck of a starting duo, even if there are questions about the nickelback role. The overall talent in the unit is also really strong after the Gators have signed two highly-rated classes in a row at the position. Depth is young, but number of bodies certainly shouldn't be an issue. TIGHT END Front Line: 5.0 Overall Talent: 4.0 Depth: 4.0 Total: 13.0 To our eyes, there's not a better player on the team than tight end Kyle Pitts. He's an absolute matchup nightmare, giving this front line talent the top grade on the team. Throw in Keon Zipperer and Florida has two high-quality tight ends who should be able to produce at a very consistent and high level in the SEC. The depth is strong in terms of numbers, even if none of the other players jump out as potential superstars like Pitts and Zipperer.