Top 5 Defensive Lines for the 2017 NCAA Football Season
1) Ohio State Buckeyes – Rashod Berry, RS So.; Chase Young, Fr.; Sam Hubbard, Jr.; Jalyn Holmes, Sr.; Tracy Sprinkle, Sr.; Jerron Cage, Fr.; Darius Slade, Jr.; Haskell Garrett, Fr.; Dre’Mont Jones, RS So.; Noah Donald, So.; Nick Bosa, So.; Robert Landers, So.; Tyquan Lewis, Sr.; Dylan Thompson, Jr.; Jonathon Cooper, RS Fr.; Joshua Alabi, RS So.; Michael Hill, Sr.; Jashon Cornell, RS So.; Malik Barrow, RS Fr.; Davon Hamilton, RS So.
The Buckeyes are right there with Clemson as they are both deep and athletic. Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Nick Bosa are all three studs and will all play on Sundays in the future.
2) Clemson Tigers – Lasamuel Davis, RS Fr.; Xavier Kelly, RS Fr.; Chris Register, RS Jr.; Richard Yeargin, RS Jr.; Kaleb Bevelle, RS Sr.; Austin Bryant, Jr.; Sterling Johnson, RS So.; Clelin Ferrell, RS So.; Christian Wilkins, Jr.; Jabril Robinson, RS Jr.; Jordan Williams, Fr.; Nyles Pinckney, RS Fr.; Albert Huggins, Jr.; Dexter Lawrence, So.; Logan Rudolph, Fr.; Justin Foster, Fr.
The Tigers no longer have Deshaun Watson at QB, but the cupboard is far from bare. The defensive line will make this Tigers team a threat in every game they play this year. Dexter Lawrence is the star of this defensive line at 6’5″ 350 lbs and he could very well be a top ten pick in the NFL in the near future.
3) Florida State Seminoles – Josh Sweat, Jr.; Janarius Robinson, RS Fr.; Joshua Kaindoh, Fr.; Kris Dixon, RS So.; Claudio Williams, RS So.; Adam Torres, RS Jr.; Jalen Wilkerson, RS So.; Isaiah Smallwood, RS Jr.; Brian Burns, So.; Arthur Williams, RS Jr.; Cedric Wood, RS Fr.; Fredrick Jones, RS Jr.; Darvin Taylor II, RS So.; Demarcus Christmas, RS Jr.; Derrick Nnadi, Sr.; Walvenski Aime, Jr.; Justin Smith, RS Fr.; JT Mertz, Jr.; Marvin Wilson, Fr.; Ja’len Parks, Fr.; Cory Durden, Fr.; Tre Lawson, Fr.
Sweat and Burns are emerging superstars, and Nnadi is one of the best defensive tackles in the country. The Seminoles are deep and loaded and really Clemson, Florida State, and Ohio State are all three relatively even.
4) North Carolina State Wolfpack – Bradley Chubb, Sr.; Kentavius Street, Sr.; James Smith-Williams, RS So.; Bryan Smith, RS Sr.; Darian Roseboro, Jr.; Davlon Allred, RS Sr.; Deonte Holden, RS Jr.; Evin Bellamy, RS So.; Tyrone Riley, RS So.; Xavier Lyas, Fr.; Justin Jones, Sr.; Ben “Shuq” Frazier, RS Fr.; Eurndraus Bryant, Jr.; B.J. Hill, Sr.; Quentez Johnson, RS So.; Grant Gibson, Fr.; Larrell Murchison, Fr.; Kevince Brown, Fr.; Ibrahim Kante, Fr.; Dante Johnson, Fr.
The Wolfpack are on here because of one simple reason and that’s Bradley Chubb. Chubb is the best defensive lineman in all of college football.
5) Alabama Crimson Tide – Da’Shawn Hand, Sr.; Isaiah Buggs, Jr.; Vohn Keith Jr., Sr.; Daniel Powell, So.; Josh Frazier, Sr.; Jamar King, Sr.; O.J. Smith, RS Jr.; Quinnen Williams, RS Fr.; Da’Ron Payne, Jr.; Johnny Dwight, RS Jr.; Taylor Wilson, So.; Raekwon Davis, RS So.; LaBryan Ray, Fr.; Phidarian Mathis, Fr.; Jarez Parks, Fr.
The Tide, as always, are loaded and deep. Da’ron Payne is the stalwart on this defensive line and the Tide are deep also. In the end, the most important player on the Tide defense will be Payne.