I think these changes are Roof's attempt to put the best eleven on the field. Spring is a time for experimentation and discovery. I'm with you on concerns at MLB. But, let the kids play and the coaches confirm or deny an idea.
Hopefully JHD can look at Attaochu and see that if he follows the path Sneezy blazed, he could be waiting for his name to be called in the Draft soon too. I think it's interesting that one of our big holes going into last year was WR, because Smelter "unknown but with potential". I think one of our biggest holes coming into this year is DE, and Whitehead and Henry also fit the "unknown but with potential" mold similar to Smelter. Maybe they can surprise us like Smelter did.
I like this move for the simple fact that, IMO, JHD lacked the instincts to be a good LB which caused him to be a step slow or out of position more often than not. Also with 21 personnel I-form being archaic in the ACC, this will allow us to get our best 11 on the field.
I like it because Harrell had a great game in his one start and assuming he can come back in the same form, may have been out starting MLB. Also JHD rushed the passer in blitzes pretty darn well. Hopefully he can hold the edge. I'm excited.
The main issue is scheme. We were in a 4-2-5 so much last year and JHD never got to play because of this...he is too good not to be playing which is why they are probably giving him a shot to try both. Also, the loss of Robbins.
However, I agree that the DE position is concerning but not at the WDE position. I am confident that Whitehead,Simmons, Henry, or JHD will step up. It is the other side I am worried about Stargel is slated to start right now and I was not pleased with his limited time on the field. He got pushed around easily against Elon and Alabama A&M. There isn't much depth their either. Hopefully, we would slide Kallon or Gamble over there if we have too..
Since Day's has a ton of experience at LB, it would not be difficult for him to return to that position should his tryout at DE falter in the Spring. If it does not prove effective, he can move back to LB in the Fall. It appears that LB is one of our deeper positions.