The SEC always will be a black and blue conference epitomized foremost by physicality. But college football’s evolution to the up-tempo, spread offense has generated an important emphasis on defending the aerial attack.
The conference has adjusted promptly to the changing times and now possesses some of the best defensive back talent in the nation. Vernon Hargreaves III’s departure to the NFL means there will be a new top DB in the SEC.
Here are the top five defensive backs heading into the 2016 season: