Early Big Ten power rankings: Who is No. 1?


I think we did really well this spring, Morris said. We’ve got a lot of young guys that are stepping up, and that’s one of the best things. We’re building depth.

That depth could come at a cost for Morris. Sophomore Tyshon Fogg had a standout spring and filled in on the weakside once Morris was injured. There will be plenty of snaps for both this fall – Rutgers will likely try to offset its depth issues on the defensive line by utilizing its second-level defenders – but Fogg certainly could push for the job in Rutgers’ base defense.

Green Bay fans have a running list of cornerbacks who haven’t got the job done since the last Super Bowl run in 2010 — when Williams and Charles Woodson were the starters. There is a standard at the position, and it has not been met this decade. Give credit to Gutekunst, McCarthy and Pettine for recognizing the problem, but it’s on Alexander and Jackson to prove these moves right.

Jackson is still reeling from 0-8 with Cody Kessler in 2016 and 0-15 with DeShone Kizer in 2017, and will practice self-restraint.

Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada: He played left tackle in college, and maybe he gets an early tryout to replace retired star Joe Thomas in Cleveland. But Corbett has been widely projected as a guard in the NFL, and the Browns are currently very strong (and financially committed) inside with Joel Bitonio, Kevin Zeitler and JC Tretter.

Will Hernandez, G, Texas El-Paso: Here’s a beloved hog molly for GM Dave Gettleman. New York now has Saquon Barkley to ignite a dormant ground game, but a lack of talent in the backfield wasn’t the only reason for those struggles. Hernandez is a mauler who will blast open lanes for Barkley and also take good care of Eli Manning.

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: He ran for nearly 5,000 yards in four seasons with the Bulldogs and actually timed faster at the combine (4.52 40) than backfield mate Sony Michel (4.54). Chubb can be a punishing runner but certainly capable of getting outside and tearing off large chunks — call him Carlos Hyde-plus. But with just 31 catches in college, don’t expect to see Chubb much on passing downs, where Duke Johnson will continue to get most of the work.tigers_006-115x115

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