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This is about those Huskers on the 2018 a team can least afford to lose. The most indispensable Huskers, as we are labeling it. That doesn't mean a ranking of the best Huskers in order. This factors in not just talent, but depth at each player's position into the conversation. If a certain player was lost for the season, how many people in the stadium would simultaneously say words of which their grandmother would not approve at the same time? How big is the gap between one player to his backup?

The three of us here at Husker247 — Michael Bruntz, Mike Schaefer and Brian Christopherson — each voted on 20 guys without seeing the other guys' list, tallied our votes together and came up with a top 20. With this mystery team and its share of newcomers who might be key players right away, plus a new staff in charge, it wasn't an easy list to figure. Try the exercise at home if you will. Kind of tough. Sure to look out of order come November. Here goes anyways.

No. 20: Antonio Reed; No. 19: Tristan Gebbia (or Adrian Martinez); No. 18: Tyjon Lindsey; No. 17: Jack Stoll; No. 16: Lamar Jackson; 15: Ben Stille.

No. 14: DiCaprio Bootle; No. 13: Matt Farniok; No. 12: Caleb Lightbourn; No. 11: Dedrick Young; No. 10: Jerald Foster; No. 9: Mick Stoltenberg.

No. 8: Luke Gifford; No. 7: Greg Bell; No. 6: Carlos Davis; No, 5: JD Spielman; No. 4: Tanner Farmer; No. 3: Aaron Williams.

No. 2: Brenden Jaimes

In the life-comes-at-you-fast category, a year ago at this time Brenden Jaimes had not played in a college football game. Now he's likely to start at what could be argued the most important position outside of quarterback. The left tackle job became open when Nick Gates decided to forgo his senior year and try his luck at pro football. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Jaimes, who started the last nine games of the 2017 season at right tackle, became the obvious candidate to switch sides, set to protect some young quarterback's backside.

Here are two quick reasons why Jaimes is No. 2 on this list:

1) His ceiling is probably higher than anybody Nebraska has on the O-line. Recruited out of the Austin, Texas, Jaimes said no to a late push by the area Longhorns to sign him. Former O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh said last year he never had an O-lineman as far along in technique at such a young age as Jaimes. So there's that.

2) He may be young, but he's still the most known commodity Nebraska has at the tackle position. On the other side is Matt Farniok, who just got his first taste of action too last year. And backing both of them up are the likes of Christian Gaylord and Matt Sichterman, who have limited or no college game experience in their pockets. While Jaimes isn't about to be compared to Anthony Munoz just yet, his loss to this particular team with this particular uncertainty at tackle behind him right now would be a crusher.

He's got an ideal frame to work with. He bulked up 30 pounds from when he signed with Nebraska, then got the redshirt taken off quickly after an injury to David Knevel. The job came, as you'd expect, with its share of lessons. “Coming from a good high school program and playing in the Big Ten, it’s a big step up," Jaimes said in the spring. "It really humbled me and showed I had to work just as hard as everybody else to get on the field." To put in perspective what he was doing, his nine starts were just two fewer than the four previous Husker O-linemen true freshmen who started games had combined.

His new O-line coach Greg Austin describes him as being "football smart" with a good amount of ranginess and athleticism. "He is on the right track if he stays healthy and keeps on working hard he could be a good player for a long time," Austin said in April. "Even in the NFL.” The last part is still a long ways out. For now, the Huskers will take a solid left tackle who can stay healthy through the grind of the Big Ten. Because whatever question marks Jaimes has to answer, there are a lot more for this O-line without him.