In the past, I've typically done this highly subjective and just-for-fun exercise with offensive players. Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward - all are players I have done projections for in year's past, mainly because they're the focal point of the offense.
With all the excitement surrounding Lawrence Timmons right now, I thought it might be interesting to see how well some of you guys and gals see him doing this year.
In 2007, Timmons had 11 tackles, and two fumble recoveries. Obviously, he saw very little of the field on defense. For comparison's sake, you can take a look at James Farrior's best years, and see that his top two tackle seasons (only solo tackles counted) were 96 and 85 tackles.
A couple of things about how Timmons' 2008 season might play out. First of all, I think he can wow us and have a major impact on the team without necessarily putting up huge numbers week in and week out. His sheer athleticism in the passing game might make us a better team defense without him intercepting a bunch of passes or cleaning up a gazillion tackles.
I do, however, think there will be a couple of games where Timmons goes off. Maybe a 7 tackle, 2 sack performance on several occasions for example. He just looks that explosive out there running around, and it's entirely evident that he's much, much stronger both in his upper body and his legs this year than last.
15 games, 78 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 3 Forced Fumbles