1) Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina): Clowney was the #1 High School Recruit in 2011 and so far hasn’t disappointed. Standing at 6’6, 272lbs is one of nations most terrorizing and dominating players in the country. He’s already being talked about as the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season he amassed 27.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles. He’s a rare breed of brute strength and speed at the defensive end position.
2) Anthony Barr (UCLA): Barr led the Pac-12 in sacks last season with 13. He’s a terror coming of the edge don’t believe me just ask Matt Barkley as Barr drilled him into the turf. Barr is UCLA’s top pass rusher and more quarterbacks should be in more fear this coming season. At 6’4, 235lbs he’s a perfect fit for UCLA’s 3-4 passing rushing scheme.
3) Devonte Fields (TCU): As a Freshman last season, Fields took the Big 12 by storm. He registered 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and won the Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Yr Award. Fields is an absolute monster when lines up against offensive tackles. He needs to get better when playing the run but he’s only a sophomore and the sky is the limit for this talented pass rusher.
4) Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas): The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to pass rushers when it comes to the Jeffcoat family. Jim Jimcoat is jackson’s father and he won two super bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 and 1993. Jackson is following in his dad’s footsteps because he beast when rushing the quarterback. He does a very good job in collapsing the pocket and hurrying throws. If not for a torn pectoral muscle we’d have been talking about him as a possible 1st rd pick in last Aprils NFL Draft. The Lornhorns missed his presence last season but now he’s back to cause in opposing backfields.
5) Kyle Van Noy (BYU): This BYU Cougar packs a lot of punch when it comes to sacking the quarterback. Van Noy has 22 career sacks for BYU and that total will only grow larger this season. He does a great job of shedding blocks and knifing in the backfield to make plays against the run. Last yr he totaled 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and six forced fumbles. He’s BYU’s best player of defense and their best leader.
Stephon Tuitt: Notre Dame
Will Sutton: Arizona State
Morgan Breslin: USC
Adrian Hubbard: Alabama
Demarcus Lawrence: Boise State.