2018 SEC preseason unit rankings: Defensive backs

Consistency and continuity the key words regarding SEC secondaries in 2018

While there are certain schools that have an impressive track record for developing players at certain positions, three in particular stand out and can make a claim to being DBU.

They’re all in the Southeastern Conference: Alabama, Florida and LSU. Considering the Crimson Tide won the latest Thorpe Award for best defensive back (Minkah Fitzpatrick) and all six players in the dime package last year are trying to make it in the NFL, it has some bragging rights.

However, that also means that Alabama enters 2018 without an established veteran in the secondary.

So for now, LSU gets the nod.

Sophomore cornerback Greedy Williams is coming off a six-interception season and is joined by returning starting safeties Grant Delpit and John Battle. The Tigers have a proven corps to work with, which is a lot more than most teams.

Alabama’s secondary will be built around safety Deionte Thompson and cornerback Trevon Diggs, who are the only two players left who have made a start. Factor in some incoming talented freshmen an it might take a while for the unit to gel.

Gators corners Marco Wilson and C.J. Henderson will allow Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to attack as they handle man coverage. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is also a proven asset, but Florida isn’t as set at safety.

Although Georgia has to replace three starters the overall talent level is on the rise. Cornerback DeAndre Baker will be the anchor along with safety J.R. Reed.

If Auburn can adequately replace cornerback Carlton Davis and the top safeties it could have an elite defense. Javaris Davis doesn’t get the credit he deserves and along with Jamel Dean is set. Like with Alabama, it might just be a matter of time before things start to click.

1] LSU

2] Alabama

3] Florida

4] Georgia

5] Auburn

6] Mississippi State

7] South Carolina

8] Kentucky

9] Ole Miss

10] Texas A&M

This is theseventh story in a series ranking each SECposition group for the 2018 season.


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