2. Devin Harper
Devin Harper is entering his second season and so far has shown flashes in the first two preseason games.
He had six tackles and one pass defended against the Jaguars, along with a fumble recovery. He followed that up with six tackles against the Seahawks along with a quarterback hit. Through two games, the 2022 sixth-round pick is arguably one of the most improved players on this defense.
Harper saw little action last season due to suffering an Achilles injury. He appeared in three games and only saw action on special teams. While most did not expect him to contribute right away last season, 2023 could see Harper used a lot more.
The Oklahoma State product still has a lot to improve on, but with the depth thinning at linebacker, Harper's snap count will likely go up in the regular season. He currently sits behind Cox and Vander Esch on the depth chart, but with Overshown unavailable the group will have to adjust at all spots.
If Cox is unable to take the next step, Harper needs to be ready in the wings.