I really think this upcoming season that Donald Brown will become worthy of being a first round pick. I believe the combination of Bruce Arians system + The upgrade in size to the Line will help to utilize Browns skills as a running back and with him becoming the full time starter and Arians said he thinks brown can carry the ball over 20 times a game and be their every down back, makes me believe from what i saw at the end of last season that brown will be poised for a great season. I predict Brown will have around 1200 yards rushing and 8-10 touchdowns. The only question mark with him is the whether or not he can improve his pass blocking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttfyOeU3vw
Another thing is Jerry Hughes (another first round pick, who hasn't done anything in his career yet) but i think this is his year that he will show us something finally. this 3-4 system suits him better. He becomes a standup linebacker who blitzes and rushes at the quarterback. I have wanted ever since they drafted him, for the coaching staff to try him out like this. finally he gets the chance. From what ive been reading he has been impressing coaches in practice. my hope for him this season is he can first off show something and prove he wasn't a waste of a 1st rd pick. And maybe he can show that after this season he might be able to replace freeney once this year ends (because we all know this is probably freeney's last year as a colt). If he can be comparable to a poor man's demarcus ware it would be awesome so more comparable to Lamaar Woodley from the steelers.
What will become of Kavell Conner. Last year he showed lots of promise. The sad part is with this change to a 3-4 defense and the trade that just happened that netted us Moise Fokou. It seems that Conner is the odd man out. Because coaches lately have said he isn't impressing as the inside linebacker in this 3-4 defense. If so he is great depth at the spot and look for us to trade him as well because he is a player from the old FO. he will probably be traded to the eagles or ravens lol. I like Conner though and believe he has great upside but in a different defensive scheme than the one we are trying to run now.
Can't wait to get these and other questions answered throughout the rest of the season