The games are over. Who’s the best?

As we approach May’s NFL Draft, things like the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine will cause draft-eligible players’ stock to rise and fall. But let’s not forget that we’ve already watched these guys over the course of their college careers. Here’s a look at my top five players at each position based on, you know, THE GAMES.

This post contains defensive players. Click here for the post containing offensive players.


  1. Jadeveon Clowney- South Carolina
  2. Kony Early- Missouri
  3. Michael Sam- Missouri
  4. Stephon Tuitt- Notre Dame
  5. Trent Murphy- Stanford



  1. Louis Nix- Notre Dame
  2. Timmy Jernigan- Florida State
  3. Will Sutton-ArizonaState
  4. Ego Ferguson- LSU
  5. Ra’Shede Hageman-Minnesota



  1. Khalil Mack- UB
  2. Anthony Barr- UCLA
  3. CJ Mosley- Alabama
  4. Ryan Shazier- OhioState
  5. Kyle Von Noy- BYU



  1. Shayne Skov- Stanford
  2. Chris Borland-Wisconsin
  3. Yawin Smallwood- UConn
  4. Lamin Barrow- LSU
  5. Max Bullough-Michigan State



  1. Jason Verrett- TCU
  2. Darqueze Dennard- Michigan State
  3. Justin Gilbert- Oklahoma State
  4. EJ Gaines- Missouri
  5. Bradley Roby- Ohio State



  1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- Alabama
  2. Lamarcus Joyner- Florida State
  3. Calvin Pryor- Louisville
  4. Dion Bailey- USC
  5. Kenny Ladler- Vanderbilt



  1. Ahmad Dixon- Baylor
  2. Deone Buchanon- Washington State
  3. Hakeem Smith- Louisville
  4. Craig Loston- LSU
  5. CJ Barnett- Ohio State

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