QB: Mettenberger has to get better. Can't possibly get worse.
RB: Hill is the starter and will be better. Out of Blue, Ware, Hilliard and Ford, I think we lose at least two. So, I think the starter will upgrade while the depth will downgrade.
WR: OBJ and Landry will be a year older and have to improve
Agreed for all of these, plus we gain a 6'4 JUCO receiver, which should help our red zone TD woes.
C: Losing Lonergan as the senior leader hurts the most
OT: Losing Dworacyzk as a senior leader
TE: Losing Clement as the best run blocking TE.
DT: Losing Logan and Downs
LB: Losing Minter
DE: Losing Montgomery and Mingo hurt the most
S: Losing Reid
CB: Losing Simon? (not sure if he goes to NFL or not)
K: Losing Alleman
I agree with you on the center issue. It's tough to lose a guy who made the OL calls for 3 years; however, I like Porter and I think he'll catch on soon.
OT will be an upgrade if anything with Faulk coming back and Vadal with a year of experience under his belt.
TE will be an downgrade in the blocking department but an upgrade in the receiving department with Desean Smith coming in. (Unless Logan Stokes proves to be a capable blocker).
I can't say anything about DT until after we find out what Logan does. If he comes back, we can only be better with he and Freak in the middle; if not, it all depends on Ego's development as his replacement - also how Quentin Thomas and Mickey Johnson progress this offseason is absolutely crucial.
You can't possibly think we are downgrading at LB, even if we lose Minter. Although that would be a huge loss, all of the other LBs on the team would return.
CBs will only improve. 2 freshman getting thrust onto the scene due to unexpected offseason attrition allowed for early development. Tharold's future is uncertain at this point, but if he leaves or stays, I think we improve in this area because of the remaining youth returning.
DE will no doubt be a downgrade with the loss of our top 3 guys. A LOT hinges on how the guy who will play opposite of Rasco develops.
I agree that S will be a downgrade at first as well (If Reid leaves). I do, however, expect big things from Loston in 2013, and I feel he will be one of the leaders on D. Corey Thompson displayed some great ability this season and I expect him to challenge Ronald Martin for that spot, should Reid declare.
Can't say anything about the kicking department because I have never seen Hairston kick a FG.
Overall, that is just by two cents.