Absolutely delusional take. "Significantly more talent than we've lost". You know this how? I mean, Happy Holidays but pass the Orange Eggnog you're drunk on. Lol
Rather than be a snarky know-it-all, take a minute and evaluate the losses (NFL declarations, graduations and portal transfers) vs the our gains from the categories I listed.
Without question, the DL will be much deeper and heavier. Losing M Jones will hurt the LB group, but we get Thompson back who is probably the best NFL prospect of the group. G Williams is tough to replace. Replacing Deuce with highly touted transfers will be much easier. I think we have CB's (Wilson and Johnson) on the roster who have fairly high ceilings. We should get a glimpse of their potential in the bowl game. I love J. Carter but we already have quality depth on the roster.
I think we get better on the OL through graduation. This creates opportunities for Cruz and Cruz and associates. The signing of D. Reed at center is, literally and figuratively, huge. It changes the dynamics of the entire OL. We're also bringing in 2 other OL transfers that should be plug and play. Remember, Dino has said that he only offers transfers if they can contribute immediately.
Replacing the '20/'21 and '21/'22 version of Sean Tucker will be difficult. Replacing this year's version while still difficult, should be easier. I really like what I've seen from L. Allen. Hopefully, the transfer New Mexico and the 2 RB recruits provide quality depth. Never forget that Tucker was 5th string his freshman year and would have never seen the field if not for covid opt-outs and injuries.
IMO, the overall talent and depth will be higher next year. This year we were probably, on average, 1.5 players/position deep across the roster. Next year, I predict we'll be 2-2.5 players/position deep.
We're a developmental program that depends on players developing over time. I'm sure there are a number of players on the current roster that will surprise (remember S.Tucker was RB5) as well. My personal favorite is LB K. Bailey.
So in closing, put down that "half-empty glass" of curdled milk and pick-up a "half-full glass" of holiday cheer
In all seriousness, Happy Holidays to you and the Board.