Which Tigers will have the best defensive line

Which Tigers will have the best defensive line

Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

March 30th, 2018, 8:36 am #1


Justin Ferguson
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AUBURN, Ala. — Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN’s NFL draft expert, is a big fan of what Auburn football is bringing back on the defensive line in 2018.
On Wednesday, in a conference call with reporters, Kiper looked ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft class and said the Tigers could produce several prospects across their front four alone.
“That is a phenomenal group. That Auburn defensive front will be along with Clemson in producing an awful lot of NFL prospects,” Kiper said.
Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and defensive end Marlon Davidson will be eligible for early entry into the 2019 NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, who turned down the pros for one more season at Auburn, will be a member of the next draft class. Versatile lineman Nick Coe would also be eligible for the 2019 draft, if he chose to leave early.
MORE: Mel Kiper Jr. believes Auburn football could have big Day 2 in 2018 NFL Draft
Clemson will be widely regarded as the team with the best defensive line in college football this fall. The Tigers return Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant and Dexter Lawrence from a dominant group in 2017.
But Kiper believes Auburn should be considered alongside Clemson in the best defensive line conversation.
“Clemson is going to have an incredible defensive line returning with all those kids,” Kiper said. “And Clemson and Auburn are going to rival each other in terms of great, great defensive lines.”
And while it’s still a long way from the 2019 NFL Draft, Kiper already has his eyes on one star of the Tigers’ front four.
“Derrick Brown is an unbelievable talent,” Kiper said. “He’s the one that jumped out at you. I circled him in just about every game I looked — Derrick Brown, Derrick Brown, I’m looking at circles. He’s definitely a guy that jumps off the page. I think Derrick Brown is the guy to watch. He’s got rare, rare talent.”
This article is from an Auburn homer at SEC country but I do respect Mel Kiper Jr's opinion.   Clemson is obviously the proven winner here.  There is not a reason to think that d-line does not continue to improve.  Still, that Auburn defensive front looks impressive and they were already pretty good last year.  It is a good first step in beating Bama who Auburn will definitely face and Clemson very well may in the playoffs.  
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March 30th, 2018, 9:43 am #2

I can tell you there is no way in hell I would trade Auburn defensive lines. Clemson has potentially four first rounders and quality depth behind them.

Pinckney, Huggins and Jordan Williams would start almost anywhere else at DE.

Then you return Richard Yeargin who was Vic’s back up, enter in two five stars to go along with the young talent in Rudolph (who was in two deep before injury last season) and converted LB Foster

Clemsons defensive line is ridiculous.
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Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

March 30th, 2018, 10:35 am #3

I don't disagree.  I wonder how your defensive line would have performed against UGA last season with their big tailbacks and o-line?  It was not the defensive line's fault for the Bama loss.  They only gave up 141 yds and most of that was Hurts scrambling ability.  We will never know but Clemson's d-line versus UGA's rushing game would have been fun to watch.  
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March 30th, 2018, 5:33 pm #4

Clemsons defense was only reason Clemson was in the game last year. Horrible offensive game plan and execution.
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April 1st, 2018, 8:34 am #5

I will take the Buckeyes D-Line in 2018 .... 
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April 1st, 2018, 9:34 am #6

Kentuckytoo wrote: I will take the Buckeyes D-Line in 2018 .... 
You can have them. Wouldn’t trade for them either. Clemson will be the best DL in college football. Bank it
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April 1st, 2018, 10:29 am #7

no matter how you look at it , Ohio State's Defensive Line was elite .... they are going to be even better in 2018 ...

Projected 2018 Defensive Line
Player Position 247 Composite
Chase Young DE 0.9957
Jonathon Cooper DE 0.9811
Nick Bosa DE 0.9965
Robert Landers DL 0.8719
Dre'Mont Jones DL 0.941
Next year’s defensive line, even if the experienced depth at defensive end is thin, is outrageously talented. Potentially best-in-the-country talented.

https://www.landgrantholyland.com/2018/ ... -than-2017
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April 1st, 2018, 10:38 am #8

You can show me recruiting rankings all you want which Clemsons will possess 4 or 5 five stars and the rest four stars but I’ll show you a Clemson unit that returns completely in tact that Was 1st in sacks and 6th in TFL last season

A starting group that could all be 1st rounders in the next draft. No doubt all will be first or second.

Dex, Wilkins, Ferrell are almost guaranteed first with Bryant the wild card
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April 1st, 2018, 11:52 pm #9

I would take Clemson's DT's...they are elite...but Bosa and Young are going to be Top 5 picks.

So..I would merge the two to make the best line.
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April 2nd, 2018, 3:52 am #10

MiamiBuck wrote: I would take Clemson's DT's...they are elite...but Bosa and Young are going to be Top 5 picks.

So..I would merge the two to make the best line.
In no way do I even want to look ahead until these guys are gone but...It will be interesting to watch how Clemson's line looks when Ferrell, Bryant, Dex, Wilkins, and a forgotten high 4 star contributor Albert Huggins all leave next season (assuming Dex leaves early as expected). Heck if I was Huggins I would almost consider a redshirt so I could start for a year to improve my stock. He is starter quality but with Clemson's DT depth he could do that

You are now left with

5 star DE: Xavier Thomas
5 star DE: KJ Henry
4 star DE: Justin Foster
4 star DE: Justin Mascoll
3 Star OLB: Logan Rudolph (converted to DE and was in two deep as true freshman last season  before injury)

4 star DT: Nyles Pinckney
4 star DE: Jordan Williams (coverted DE that will play in two deep this season)
4 star Josh Belk (early enroll who Dabo and Venables have raved about)
4 star Darnell Jeffries

Clemson is absolutely loaded on the defensive line and this doesnt count anyone who pledges in the 2019 class. Venables consistently puts out a top 5 DL in the nation year in, year out but this one is the best he's ever had as far as starters and depth players. There is a legit 3 deep rotation
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