Jadeveon Clowney- South Carolina- DE
At 6 foot 6, 256 pounds, Clowney has the mobility that most players at his position don’t have. This enables him to get in the quarterback’s face.
Last season, Clowney had 54 tackles and 13 sacks. He will only get better with more experience in his junior year. Clowney still has room to improve as he finished up on a bit of a low note in the Outback Bowl. Although, South Carolina won the game, Clowney had a tough game against offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
Will Sutton-Arizona State- DT
Sutton is a superb pass rusher that can defend against the pass or the run; he’s widely known as one of the best.
On the season, Sutton had 64 tackles and 13 sacks. He had a huge game in ASU’s finale in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy. This is the best defensive player in the PAC-12 and the teams that don’t know it, will find out soon enough.
Kyle Van Noy- BYU- LB
Van Noy is a nasty hitter that specializes in pass coverage. That still didn’t prevent him from sacking the quarterback 13 times. Van Noy has no peer at the linebacking position. Similar to Ray Lewis, the offense feels dread when they can hear his footsteps coming.
C.J. Mosley- Alabama- LB
Mosley is the cream of the crop for possibly the best defense in the nation in Alabama. What makes him special is that he has an even balance of strength and speed. Last season, Mosley had 107 tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 picks. He’s going to have a huge senior season for the Tide.
Loucheiz Purifoy- Florida- CB
The numbers don’t do him justice as he doesn’t see the ball thrown his way; similar to Darelle Revis. Purifoy is a very physical player, great tackler, and a shadow to receivers. One of the best covermen in the game.
Bradley Roby- Ohio State- CB
Roby is a big part of an undefeated team. He’s somewhat similar to Purifoy, but more of a Deion Sanders type of player that makes the big play and not a fierce tackler. Nevertheless, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Ryan Shazier –Ohio State- LB
A bit undersized, but a ferocious on the ball tackler. Shazier recorded 116 tackles to go along with 4 sacks last season. His experience will be huge this year for OSU and head coach Urban Meyer.
Stephon Tuitt-Notre Dame-DE
Tuitt is massive in frame at 6 foot 6, 303 pounds and has a major upside as he leads the Notre 3-4 defense. Tuitt recorded 12 sacks last season and he could add to that total this season as he’s the backbone of the Irish defense.
Stay tuned for more updates on what should be a great season. Can anyone take Alabama out of the #1 spot? That remains to be seen.
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