10. James Lynch, Jr. Baylor
Great from his first moment with the program, the 6-4, 290-pounder followed up a good 20-tackle freshman campaign with an All-Big 12 performance making 40 tackles with 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. He’s good against the run, but he’s better as a quick option into the backfield.
– 2019 Baylor Preview
9. Jason Strowbridge, Sr. North Carolina
A tweener who can work anywhere on the defensive front – and can be versatile enough to play inside or out on an NFL line – the 6-4, 285-pound Strowbridge has been a good starter over the last two seasons coming up with 36 tackles with 5.5 sacks last year.
– 2019 North Carolina Preview
8. Josiah Coatney, Sr., Ole Miss
A big defensive end or an ultra-quick defense tackle, he’s got all the tools to come up with a huge senior season. The 6-4, 314-pound former JUCO transfer stepped in two years ago and has been solid, making 128 stops with 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss over his two seasons.
– 2019 Ole Miss Preview
7. Raequan Williams, Sr. Michigan State
A powerful presence on one of the nation’s top run defenses, Williams is for the inside like Kenny Willekes is on the Spartan end. The 6-4, 298-pound two-time All-Big Ten star came up with a brilliant 53-tackle junior season with two sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He became more of a factor to throw over, knocking down five passes to go along with all he did against the run.
– 2019 Michigan State Preview
CFN Third Team All-America Defensive Tackles
6. Rashard Lawrence, Sr. LSU
A very smart, very tough leader for the LSU D, the 6-3, 317-pound future NFL starter has been fantastic over the last two seasons. Last year, he grew into a bigger presence, making 54 tackles with four sacks. With all the talent around him, and with all of his experience, expect him to do even more.
– 2019 LSU Preview
5. Leki Fotu, Sr. Utah
The 6-5, 330-pound powerful defensive tackle doesn’t need any help, but he’s getting it with the expected emergence of Hawaii transfer Viane Moala – that will only make him stronger. Fotu is an All-Pac-12 star as a brutish run stopper making 33 tackles with three sacks after coming up with a 22-tackle junior year.
– 2019 Utah Preview
CFN Second Team All-America Defensive Tackles
4. Javon Kinlaw, Sr. South Carolina
He could’ve turned pro early and been a strong early round pick, but he’s back with the talent to repeat as an All-SEC performer after coming up with 58 tackles with 4.5 sacks. The 6-6, 302-pounder is trying to get healthy again after having a hip problem, but once he’s right, he’s a problem for the rest of the SEC.
– 2019 South Carolina Preview
3. Marvin Wilson, Jr. Florida State
The one-time super-recruit started to shine as a sophomore, and now it’s his time to break through as one of the nation’s best defensive linemen. The 6-5, 314-pound top NFL prospect can move, is strong agains the run, and showed what he could do with 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks.
– 2019 Florida State Preview
CFN First Team All-America Defensive Tackles
2. Raekwon Davis, Sr. Alabama
A tackle in just about any other situation or on just about any other team, he’s an end for the Tide. However, consider the 6-7, 312-pound veteran a rock on yet another amazing Bama line. A tackling machine for a position on a defense that doesn’t do a whole lot for stats, he followed up a 69-tackle, 8.5-sack season with 55 stops and 1.5 sacks.
– 2019 Alabama Preview
1. Derrick Brown, Sr. Auburn
A likely top ten overall draft pick, he’s what you want in an NFL defensive lineman. 6-5 and 318 pounds, he’s got the ideal size, the ideal quickness, and the all-around ability the next-level types are in love with.
With 104 tackles with eight sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons, he’s coming into the season as one of the nation’s signature defensive stars, and the one who’ll shine on one of the best lines in college football.
– 2019 Auburn Preview