Editor's note: There's still one more game left in Auburn's 2014 season. But it's never too early looking ahead, right? In that vein, we're starting a series looking at each position on the team and how those spots might look like next year — taking into account that some players may decide to leave early for the NFL as well as the possibility that some prospects committed for 2015 may end up elsewhere. The guessing is all part of the fun, though. The series continues by taking a look at the Tigers' cornerbacks.
Who's Staying:Jonathan Jones
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Who's Leaving:Jonathon Mincy
Who's Coming In:
Outlook: This position is a bit difficult to predict. Jones, at least, is the one guarantee. But the other four players listed at corner on the roster are either career backups (Davis and Melton) or have never played a game (Bessent and Turner). And the only corner the Tigers have in their 2015 class is Westry.
But here's the thing: as "thin" as this group might appear, it's an easily solvable problem. Josh Holsey can play either corner or safety. That makes it entirely possible he'll line up at corner opposite Jones next season. Johnathan Ford, who has starred at safety this fall, played corner in 2013. And there are other options: three 2014 signees — Stephen Roberts, Nick Ruffin and Markell Boston — all have experience at corner from their high school days.
It would be great if we could provide more insight on this spot. But the secondary is the hardest area to pin down, given how much movement there could be with the elimination of the hybrid linebacker/safety "Star" position.