3. LB Jonathan Greenard, from Louisville to Florida
The Florida defense has the secondary, and it has the talent overall to be terrific again – it finished 28th in the nation overall helped by a killer pass rush – but it has to restock the shelves a bit on the front seven.
It got a grad transfer who’ll help do that right away.
In comes Jonathan Greenard, a big, thumping 6-4, 263-pound linebacker who turned into a terror or a pass rusher for Louisville. He started out his career as a nice reserve – coming up with 22 tackles and seven tackles for loss – before blowing up as a sophomore with seven tackles and 15.5 sacks.
The Cardinals needed missed him very, very badly last year when he was out with a wrist injury, but he’s ready to go now … in Gainesville.
He’s got the size and ability to become an SEC all-star for a defensive front seven that gets back Jabari Zuniga on the end, but has to replace Jachai Polite’s 11 sacks and loses leading tackler Vosean Joseph from his inside linebacker spot.
Greenard could play inside or out, almost perfectly suited for a hybrid position that Polite handled so well.