The defense could be very good if just 1 player at each position lives up to their potential. Obviously, it could also be terrible if some key players fail to meet expectations; however, when I look at the top players at each position, I see a greater than 50 percent chance of that position being very good. They have to stay healthier than last season. They could start out slow due to all of the new players. It's difficult to instantly have a cohesive unit with as much roster turner as they've had on defense. I'm not going to list all players, but just the projected starters and some thoughts about some of the possible backups. RDE Lawrence - Has the talent. The position is simple in this scheme so it should not take too long for him to adjust. Mincey - He's been a good pass rusher and really good run defender in the past. Wildcard: Wilson - Super Athlete could be boom or bust. LDE Selvie - Could be better than last season if he doesn't have to play as many snaps. Crawford - He could be a good LDE in the base and move to DT in the Nickel. Wildcard: Rayford - Very good size/speed athlete. Boom or bust. 3-tech DT Melton - Past Pro Bowl player. Only 27 now. Knows the scheme. Crawford - Probably gets snaps at DT in the Nickel. Okoye - Has started about 69 NFL games. Knows the scheme. Still only 25. 1-tech DT McClain - Based on review of past game footage appears to be a significant upgrade from Hayden. Bishop - Dominated small college unlike anything I've witnessed at any level of football. Coleman - Late bloomer in college partially due to playing DE originally. WLB Carter - Has the physical ability. Has played well in the NFL in the past. MLB McClain - Has the physical ability to be a very good MLB in the base defense. Durant - Experienced player with good athleticism. SLB Holloman - Shows signs of a high upside last season. Started 2 games at MLB. Wilber - Almost identical measureables to Seattle's SLB. Looked decent last season with zero prep. CB 1 Carr - Good in 2012. Good in some games in 2013. Probably tried to do to much. CB 2 Scandrick - Good in 2013. CB 3 Claiborne - Terrific in college. Good as a rookie. Struggled with scheme and injuries in 2013. Safety 1 Church - Good enough if surrounding players do their jobs and/or he doesn't play out of position. Safety 2 Wilcox - Very good in TC. Good enough to get the starting job over vet Will Allen early in the season. Matt Johnson - Cowboys are sold on his ability, if healthy. Hamilton - Good reviews in OTAs.