Every year, players come and go in college football. With that teams can either grow or take steps back because of turnover.
It's time to check out Florida's strongest position and weakest position heading into the 2013 season:
Strongest position: Cornerback
The Gators are stacked at corner. Starters Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson have the potential to be All-SEC players and maybe even All-Americans. Both are already projected to be first-round picks in next year's NFL draft, with Purifoy being considered one of the top overall corners in the country. Purifoy is still a bit raw, but he's extremely athletic and physical, which helps him against bigger receivers. He also plays some receiver and returns kicks, but he should spend the majority of his time at corner this fall. Roberson has lockdown ability (14 defended passes last year) and while he might not be as athletic as Purifoy, he covers a ton of ground and has tremendous technique. Florida should enter the 2013 with the SEC's top corner duo. Sophomore Brian Poole will also help out a lot after having a solid first year and he should start at nickel corner. Veteran Jeremy Brown has had an injury-plagued career, but he returns for a final season, while many feel incoming freshman Vernon Hargreaves III could step on the field and play right now.
Weakest position: Pass-catchers
This position hasn't been a strength for the Gators in quite some time. With a lot of recruiting misses and not enough development, the Gators are stuck with a group that doesn't have a consistently reliable go-to threat. Quinton Dunbar has had his ups and downs, but appears to be more focused now. However, a lot will be on his plate if no one else steps up. Freshman Demarcus Robinson, who enrolled early this spring, has the makings to be a true big-play receiver for the Gators, but he has no college experience. Andre Debose might be a dangerous return man, but he's been wildly inconsistent and unfocused at receiver during his career. After that you have speedy, multi-purpose player Solomon Patton, who is returning from injury, and sophomores Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades, who combined for four catches for 11 yards last year. Four more freshmen receivers will be on campus this fall to help with depth. As for tight end, Jordan Reed is gone, meaning the relatively inexperienced Kent Taylor, Colin Thompson and Clay Burton will have to grow up even more this fall.