10 Potential Philadelphia Eagles replacements for Derek Barnett in 2022

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. Brenton Cox, Florida. 8. player. 840. .

Brenton Cox, in 2020, joins the Florida Gators after spending his freshman season in 2018 as a member of one of UF’s top rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs and after spending 2019 in the transfer portal after being dismissed from UGA for being arrested for the possession of marijuana.

He has much to do to repair his image, and now, he shoulders the label of wearing those two words that every student-athlete carries around, ‘character concerns’. Some of you may not like hearing this, because we live in a world where people are angry and believe that anyone who makes a mistake shouldn’t be given a second chance, but people who are good at something get second chances. Cox has been granted his. The question is what does he do with it.

If his lone year of NCAA football is any indication (20 tackles and a sack during 11 games, mostly in a reserve role), he should be fine and on his way to bigger and better things.

Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan . 7. player. 811. . .

In his first two seasons at the collegiate level, the six-foot-six and 278-pound Aidan Hutchinson racked up 81 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and six pass breakups for the Michigan Wolverines. His draft stock could explode if he does really well as a junior, but at this point, looking at his tape tells you that he may be better suited to spend the next two seasons in Ann Arbor, perfect his craft, and enter the 2022 NFL Draft as, possibly, a top-ten defensive end in that class.