3. CB Derion Kendrick, Georgia from Clemson
Georgia lost a ton of speed and talent from its secondary – the NFL was all over Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes – but it’s no big deal. All the Dawgs did was go get one of the nation’s best corners to step in and keep it all rolling.
The 6-0, 190-pound Kendrick came to Clemson as a dangerous wide receiver prospect, moved over to the defensive side early on, and … boom. He turned into a two-time All-ACC performer with 61 tackles, three picks and 11 broken up passes over his last two seasons. Now he’s on the verge of being one of the top defensive backs selected in the next NFL draft.
Kendrick has the size and the ball-hawking skills to erase one side of the field, and he gets to show off his talent right away to start the season against … Clemson.