Defense wins championships, or so they say. Here are some of the top players from the defensive side of the football. There is plenty of worthy players for this list but this is our stab at the Best Defensive Players in College Football for 2018.

Ed Oliver DT Houston– this defender is the best in college football with a careerv39.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He could be the #1 pick in the draft.

Christian Wilkins DT Clemson– he lines up all over the field and is the leader of the Tigers defense at 6-4, 300-pounds

Nick Bosa DE Ohio State- he will likely follow his brother to the NFL and was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year with 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2017

Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson– players don’t want to get in his way as the 260 lbs defensive end put up 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks last year

Raekwon Davis DT Alabama– at 6’7” and 308 lbs he is a monster on the field and completed the 2017 season with 10 tackles for loss and a team-high 8.5 sacks

Rashan Gary DE Michigan– he may be on of the most physical players ( 6-5, 280 lbs) on the college field as he ended 2017 with six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss

Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State– a strong, quick player that produced10.5 sacks in 2017 and  will be part of a tandem with Simmons

Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson– this big man (6’4”, 340 lbs) can really plug all the holes and is particularly adept up-the-middle

Greedy Williams CB LSU– This 6’2” sophomore will take away opposing team targets as he finished 2017 with six interceptions in 13 games

TJ Edwards LB Wisconsin– he will likely increase from his junior season numbers of 254 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and seven interceptions

Devin White LB LSU- totaled 133 tackles with 4 of them for a loss

Devin Bush LB Michigan– he is like lightning on the field that finished 2017 with 102 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, an interception and eight pass break-ups

Sutton Smith DE Northern Illinois- coming from the Group of 5 competition will find Smith increasing his numbers from last year as he had 14 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss

Lukas Denis S Boston College-  completed the 2017 season with 7 interceptions and 79 tackles

Chase Winovich DE Michigan– saw good numbers in 2017 with 18 tackles for a loss along with 14 quarterback hits

Austin Bryant DE Clemson– he improves on his 2017 numbers which were 8.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles

Jaquan Johnson S Miami– his numbers show he had two fumble recoveries, caused three fumbles and grabbed four interceptions    

Mack Wilson LB Alabama– he had four interceptions even though he suffered through foot issues all season

Khaleke Hudson S Michigan– he was the team leader on defense for Coach Harbaugh with four sacks, two interceptions and 18.5 tackle for a loss.

Joe Giles-Harris LB Duke– gaudy numbers show he made 125 tackles with 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and forced a fumble on the season

Andrew Wingard S Wyoming– grabbed five interceptions and had 114 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered another

DeAndre Baker CB Georgia– he did not allow a single touchdown all season

Cameron Smith LB USC–  in his career he has three fumble recoveries with four interceptions and 273 tackles

Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State– 12 tackles for loss and five sacks and 24 hurries

Joe Dineen LB Kansas- in 2017 he had 37 total tackles in which 25 of them were for a loss

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