CB (5) -- Samuel, Hobbs, Gay, and Scott aren't enough, because of durability concerns and the like, even given Hawkins' and Wilson's ability to pinch-hit at CB. S (5) -- Harrison, Wilson, Hawkins, and Sanders aren't enough, given various concerns about declining play. A development safety seems needed. That's even without specialty ST safeties such as Mel Mitchell. OLB (4) -- Colvin, Vrabel, Thomas, and a developmental player (Woods) is a heckuva crew ILB (5 or 6) -- Four of Bruschi, Seau, Alexander, Mays, Izzo, Gardner, Davis isn't enough. Maybe if a front-line player were added to the mix -- but it's also likely there will continue to be some ST specialists listed at ILB DE (4) -- Seymour, Warren, Green, and Wright is a great rotation NT (2 or 3) -- All the DEs can play inside in emergencies, so Wilfork might be able to get by with one pure backup. Still, my guess is they'll try to go with two Total defense: 25-27. And that's without making clearcut room for Andrews and Spann. K/P/LS: 3 QB (2 or 3): If they were comfortable starting with 2 QBs last season, after another year of Cassell's development, they may be comfortable again. OL (9): Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur, Hochstein, Britt, O'Callaghan, Yates -- that's 9 already. TE (3 or 4): Watson, Thomas, Mills, new guy RB/FB (4): Maroney, Evans, Faulk is clearly not enough; a better pounder than Evans is needed. But I think there's room only for four total, if we don't count Mills among them. WR (5 or 6): With Jackson likely to start PUPed, there probably won't be a compelling reason to go over 5. But with so many question marks, going with 6 can't be ruled out. Total defense: 23-26. But it's not going as high as 26. Will this be the year they cut back on either old ST specialists or young ones? It seems like we ask that every year, and they never do. But once again, if they don't, then surely there will be a risky roster crunch at some other position.