OLB is easily advantage UW. Tryon and Bowman were both voted 2nd-team All-Conference this past season. No returning OLB’s from Oregon made the All-Conference teams.
ILB is an unknown. Flowe is a stud and he could start for them as a true Freshman but he will still just be a true Freshman. Unless he has a unique and advanced football IQ, he’s not going to be all-world right away. He will make a lot of mistakes, over run plays, bite on run fakes, etc. Sewell is too fat to play ILB. He gets gassed too easily and a big Poly kid like him is never going to stay lean enough to stay at ILB. His genetics won’t allow it, especially when his metabolism slows down in college as everyone’s does. He doesn’t count as an ILB until proven otherwise. Other than those two guys, they have Sampson Niu and Isaac Slade-Matautia. I haven’t seen either prove to be better than Ulofoshio or Sirmon so we’ll see what happens.
Safety is another we’ll see. Asa Turner and Cam Williams after another year of development looks like it could be an elite tandem. I definitely don’t think anyone can say Oregon’s safeties will for sure be better.
If UOs OLBs are Thibs and Funa, I take that pair over UWs pair.
Also, I think you’re wrong on Safeties because I think Jevon Holland is really good. I was pissed when UW whiffed on him a couple years ago and he’s reinforced that with his play. Breeze is par. I hope Kyler Gordon plays FS this year with Spam closer to the LOS. By end of year that duo could be really good, but entering the season I’d take the Duck safeties.
The Oregon safeties got torched by true Freshman Jayden Daniels versus ASU. Holland is good no doubt. He had four picks last season. But as a true Sophomore (Holland) and true Junior (Breeze), neither made either 1st or 2nd team all conference. Doesn’t mean they suck, but the gap between them and Asa/Cam is not insurmountable for those guys to make up this off season. I mean Cam had three picks himself as a true Freshman. Asa + Cam is a more talented tandem than Holland and Breeze. Breeze brings down the talent average between the two. I’d take the younger, more talented tandem with more upside and an obvious upward trajectory over the Oregon guys but like I said, we’ll see.