Projected Texas A&M football defense depth chart post-spring football

Here’s how we see the defensive two-deep stacking up for Texas A&M football come springtime.

Sep 23, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) is tackled by
Sep 23, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) is tackled by / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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Projecting Texas A&M football’s spring defensive depth chart: Safety

1st unit: Trey Jones, Dalton Brooks
2nd unit: Marcus Ratcliffe, Bobby Taylor
3rd unit: Jordan Pride, Myles Davis

With the departure of Jacoby Mathews, this is all of a sudden a position that is concerningly thin. While I feel good about Pride and Davis long-term, it would be worrying if either of them saw the field for an extended stretch this fall—barring a spring breakout, of course.

However, the top-line talent here is still encouraging. Brooks and Jones should be a great tandem: Jones brings experience and heady play, and Brooks brings pure athleticism and a willingness to deliver huge hits.

Ratcliffe, the San Diego State transfer, comes in with an elevated profile compared to his high school days after showing out for the Aztecs last year. Bobby Taylor, long a fan favorite for Texas A&M football faithful, should hopefully have gotten past his unlucky rash of injuries and be a contributor this year.

As I say, I don't feel like Pride or Davis are bad players at all; however, I'm not sure either will be ready to contribute right away. There's some crossover from the nickel spot that could happen before either is forced into action, as I mentioned before, but with the depth being what it is here, I wouldn't be surprised to see Elko and company target the safety position in the spring portal window.

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