The defensive front is starting to take shape with the recent signing of Antonio Garay. Garay will anchor the middle of the defense and Cam Thomas will be pushing him for playing time. Thomas played well last season and showed that he can put pressure on the quarterback from the middle of the defense. Thomas finished the season with 20 tackles and 4 sacks, while Garay finished the season with 57 tackles and 2.5 sacks. It should be a good rotation in the middle of the defense.
The youngsters Vaughn Martin and Corey Liuget will be manning the ends. Liuget will get his first full off-season and will not have to deal with the lockout this time. Martin can come into training camp knowing that he will be the starter. Both guys can prepare for getting a lot of snaps this season and both will need to step their game up. I have confidence in the youngsters to make things happen.
Behind the youngsters, we have the old wily veteran Jacques Cesaire. Cesaire will be able to contribute good reps. We still need to add more depth up front on the ends. Luis Castillo is still an option for us to bring back and Tommie Harris should be considered as well. Either guy have proven that they can contribute in the past and it would be nice to have one of them (OR BOTH) return.
The signing of Garay is a HUGE step forward for the defensive front and opens up the possibilities for AJ in the draft. The need at defensive line drops and we can put more focus on other positions. It could also open up the possibilities of trading picks.
What do you guys think of the defensive front of Garay, Thomas, Liuget, Martin and Cesaire right now? Who would you rather bring back: Castillo or Harris? Is there someone from the draft you would want to add?