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Three Cardinals Included in's 'Top 15 Impact Transfers'

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In the weeks since the 2015 NFL Draft, questions have flown around as to how Bobby Petrino plans to replace the record 10 Louisville players who were drafted.

The most obvious answer is high-profile transfers, three of whom land on's list of the 15 biggest impact transfers in college football this season. As you might have already guessed, all three line up on the defensive side of the ball.

10. CB Shaq Wiggins

Background: From Georgia to Louisville
The skinny: Wiggins is the first of three Louisville players on this list -- and also one of three Louisville players on this list who had "issues" at a previous program. Wiggins (5-10, 171) started eight games for Georgia as a true freshman in 2013 before deciding in May 2014 that he would transfer to a program that would "embrace my personality." He sat out last season at Louisville and nailed down a starting spot in spring drills. While he lacks bulk, he has good speed and ball skills, and also possesses the talent to contend for All-ACC honors.


4. S Josh Harvey-Clemons

Background: From Georgia to Louisville
The skinny: Harvey-Clemons transferred to Louisville after being dismissed at Georgia, where he was a reserve as a true freshman in 2012 and a full-time starter in 2013. Harvey-Clemons (6-5, 230) was a consensus top-35 player nationally in the 2012 recruiting class. He runs well and really lays the wood. His size enables him to play a hybrid linebacker position in the nickel, should Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (who also was Harvey-Clemons' coordinator at Georgia) go that route. Harvey-Clemons already is an important part of Auburn lore: He is the Georgia player who tipped the ball that Ricardo Louis caught for a TD in the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare" in 2013.


2. DE Devonte Fields

Background: From Trinity Valley CC (Texas) to Louisville
The skinny: Fields easily could be the biggest success story on this list; he also easily could be the biggest bust. Fields is a big-time talent -- he was the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year as a true freshman defensive end at TCU in 2013 -- but he has had numerous off-field issues and eventually was dismissed from TCU. Fields (6-4, 250) won't arrive at Louisville until next month, and the hope is he becomes the pass-rush force he was at TCU. Louisville's top two edge rushers from last season are gone -- both were drafted -- and Fields is expected to start.

That's not bad.