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Arrow The top 25 college football defensive units over the past decade+

I have only been really paying attention to college football since 1997, so the time span I am looking at is between 1997 and 2011, so a little more than a decade.

This is what I could think of in terms of the best defensive units I have seen in that time span. Overall defensive depth, talent level and on the field performance was taken into consideration. And yes if a team stock pile four or five future NFL players at one position, yes that was a major factor in the rankings as well.


Enjoy.

*Ongoing editing ;o) Now updated to the top 65






1) 2001

DE J. McDougle
DT V. Wilfork, M. Waters
DT W. Joseph, O. Harris
DE A. Williams, T. Carroll
OLB DJ Williams, L. Williams
ILB J. Vilma
OLB H. Clark, R. McIntosh
CB P. Buchanon, A. Rolle
CB M .Rumph, K. Jennings
SS E. Reed, M. Sikes
FS S. Taylor





2) 2007

DE C. Matthews, K. Moore
DT S. Ellis
DT F. Moala, A. Spicer
DE L. Jackson, E. Griffen
OLB B. Cushing, T. Williams
ILB R. Maualuga, C. Gailippo
OLB K. Rivers, K. Maiava, M. Morgan
CB C. Harris, K. Thomas
CB T. Thomas, J. Pinkard
SS K. Ellison, W. Harris
FS T. Mays, McCurtis





3) 1997

DE J. Hall
DT J. Williams
DT R. Renes
DE G. Steele
OLB D. Jones
ILB S. Sword
OLB I. Gold
CB C. Woodson
CB A. Weathers, J. Whitely
SS T. Hendricks
FS M .Ray





4) 2011

DE J. Williams, Q. Dial
NT Josh Chapman
DE D. Square, E. Stinson
OLB C. Upshaw
ILB D. Hightower, N. Johnson
ILB CJ Mosley, T. Depriest
OLB J. Harris, A. Hubbard
CB Dre Kirkpatrick
CB D. Milliner, D. Menzie
SS M. Barron
FS R. Lester








5) 2004

DE M. Spears, M. Oliver, T. Johnson
DT K. Williams, C. Wroten
DT G. Dorsey, M. Favorite
DE C. Pittman, T. Jackson
OLB A. Highsmith
ILB L. Turner, L. Sanders
OLB C. Vaughn
CB C. Webster, J. Zenon
CB T. Daniels, Prude Jr, C. Jackson
SS L .Landry, C. Taylor
FS J. Daniels, C. Steltz





6) 2011

DE K. Adams, B. Mingo
DT B. Logan, J. Downs
DT M. Brockers, A. Johnson
DE S. Montgomery, L. Edwards
OLB R. Baker
ILB K. Minter
OLB S. Francois
CB M. Claiborne, R. Brooks
CB T. Mathieu, T. Simon
SS E. Reid, C. Loston
FS B. Taylor





7) 1998

DE R. Bailey
DT Collins
DT Pickett
DE J. Cotton
OLB N. Diggs
ILB Katzenmoyer
OLB J. Cooper
CB Winfield, D. Ross
CB Plummer, N. Clements
SS Berry
FS D. Moore





8 ) 2002

DE W. Smith, S. Fraser, Kudla
DT D. Scott, Pitcock
DT T. Anderson, M. Green
DE K. Peterson, J. Richardson
OLB B. Carpenter, Hawk
ILB Wihelm, M. D'Andrea
OLB C. Grant, R. Reynolds
CB C. Gamble
CB D. Fox, Underwood
SS Doss, T. Everett
FS W. Allen, Nickey, Salley





9) 1997

DE D. Warren, Seymour
DT C. Simon
DT L. Smith, J. Johnson
DE G. Spiers, J. Reynolds
OLB Polley
ILB S. Cowart, B. Jennings
OLB B. Allen
CB S. Rolle
CB T. Cody, C. Thomas
SS D. Gibson
FS D. Jackson, S. Key





10) 1999

DE C. Brown
DT A. Adams
DT J. Kennedy
DE J. Kurpeikis, M. Haynes
OLB L. Arrington
ILB B. Short
OLB M. Morrison
CB D. Macklin
CB B. Jue
SS J. Boyd
FS D. Fox





11) 2009

DE M. Dareus
DT T. Cody, Chapman
DE Deaderick, L. Washington
OLB C. Reamer
ILB R. McClain
ILB N. Johnson, D. Hightower
OLB E. Anders, Upshaw
CB K. Jackson, M. Johnson
CB J. Arenas
SS R. Green
FS J Woodall





12) 1999

DE Overstreet, O. Hand
DT J. Henderson, R. Moore
DT D. Walker, A. Haynesworth
DE S. Ellis
OLB R. Thompson, K. Whiteside
ILB D. Stevenson, E. Moore
OLB E. Westmoreland
CB A. Lott
CB D. Goodrich
SS T. Gaines
FS D. Grant





13) 2006

DE Harvey, Estopinan
DT M .Thomas, J. Cohen
DT R. McDonald, S. Harris
DE J. Moss, J. Cunningham
OLB B. Spikes, R. Stamper
ILB B. Siler
OLB E. Everett
CB R. Lewis
CB R. Smith
SS R. Nelson
FS T. Joiner, K. Jackson





14) 1997

DE G. Winstrom
DT J. Peters
DT J. Wiltz, C. Warren
DE M. Rucker, Vanden Bosch
OLB T. Ortiz
ILB J. Foreman
OLB C. Polk
CB R. Brown
CB E. Swiney, J. Walker
SS M .Brown
FS E. Warfield, B. Harrison





15) 2008

DE Gibson, L. Wilson
DT Denlinger, R. Rose
DT Larimore, Worthington
DE Heyward
OLB M. Freeman, B. Rolle
ILB Laurinaitis, A. Spitler
OLB R. Homan, C. Terry, Moeller
CB M. Jenkins, Chekwa
CB D. Washington, D. Torrence
SS K. Coleman, J. Hines
FS A. Russell, J. O'Neal





16) 2002

DE K. Udeze
DT S. Cody, M. Wright
DT M. Patterson
DE O. Nazel, F. Rucker
OLB M. Grootegoed, D. Sartz
ILB L. Tatupu
OLB M. Simmons, O. Lua
CB J. Wyatt
CB M. Allmond, R. Nunn
SS T. Polamalu
FS D. Bing, J. Leach





17) 1997

DE T. Beauchamp, T. Bullard
DT E. Chester, B. Gurley
DT R. McGrew, A. Mitchell
DE D. Chambers, W. Cohens
OLB J. Kearse
ILB M. Peterson, T. Sims
OLB Rutledge
CB F. Weary
CB E. Williams
SS T. George, R. Graddy
FS T. Brown, M. Manuel





18 ) 2003

DE J. Ratliff
DT S. Johnson
DT D. McNeil
DE R. Torbor
OLB K. Dansby, A. Williams
ILB D. Thomas
OLB T. Williams
CB C. Rogers,
CB M. Pitts, G. Williams
SS W. Herring
FS J. Rosegreen





19) 1999

DE C. Moore
DT C. Bradley
DT D. Pugh
DE J. Engelberger
OLB B. Taylor, M. Hawkes
ILB J. Houseright
OLB J. Smith
CB I. Charlton
CB A. Midget
SS R. Whitaker, C. Bird
FS W. Pile





20) 2009

DE B. Turner
DT N. Suh
DT J. Crick, Steinkuhler
DE P. Allen
OLB P. Dillard
ILB W. Compton
OLB S. Fisher
CB Amukamara
CB Dennard, Gomes
SS Asante
FS O'Hanlon, Hagg






21) 2002

DE D. Cody
DT D. Dvoracek
DT T. Harris, K. Klein
DE J. Wilkerson
OLB T. Lehman
ILB L .Mitchell
OLB C. Ingram
CB D. Strait, A. Perkins
CB A. Woolfolk
SS B. Pool
FS B. Everage





22) 2004

DE K. Wimbley
DT B. Bunkley
DT Fluellen
DE C. Davis
OLB E. Sims
ILB B. Davis
OLB AJ. Nicholson, Timmons
CB A. Cromartie, L. Smith
CB B. McFadden, T. Carter
SS J. Carter
FS P. Watkins





23) 2005

DE D. Tapp O. Martin
DT J. Lewis
DT C. Powell
DE C. Ellis Burchette
OLB X. Adibi
ILB V. Hall
OLB J. Anderson
CB J. Williams, V. Harris
CB B. Flowers
SS A. Rouse, D. Parker
FS J. Hamilton





24) 2013

DE M. Edwards
DT T. Jernigan, McDaniel
DT A. McCloud
DE Casher, Hicks
OLB Telvin Smith, Northrup
ILB Christian Jones
OLB N. Andrews, Terrance Smith
CB L. Joyner, R. Darby
CB PJ Williams, Waisome
SS J. Ramsey
FS T. Brooks





25) 1998

DE D. Howard
DT D. McIntosh
DT A. Rowe
DE J. Clements, C. Johnson
OLB M. Simoneau
ILB J. Kelly
OLB T. Ochs, B. Leber
CB G. Neasman
CB D. Carter, J. Butler
SS J. Cooper
FS L. Chapman, C. Scott





Just missed the cut...................

26) *Penn State 2005
DE Hali
DT Alford
DT J. Shaw, E. Johnson
DE J. Gaines
OLB Connor, Hull
ILB P. Posluszny, T. Shaw, S. Lee
OLB T. Shaw, Sales
CB A. Zemaitis, J. King
CB A. Phillips
SS C. Lowry, Scirrotto
FS McCready, T. Davis


27) *Michigan Wolverines 2006
DE Woodley, T. Jamison
DT Branch
DT T. Taylor
DE Biggs, B. Graham
OLB S. Crable, C. Graham
ILB D. Harris
OLB P. Burgess
CB L. Hall
CB M. Trent
SS Adams, R. Mundy
FS Englemon, Barringer 



28 ) *Florida Gators 2000
DE A. Brown, B. McCray
DT G. Warren
DT D. Chambers, B. Gurley
DE LaFavor, T Bullard
OLB M. Nattiel, T. Carroll
ILB A. Davis
OLB B. Hardmon
CB L. Sheppard
CB B. Alexander, R. Cromartie
SS M. Manuel, L. Norwood
FS T. Johnson, D. Dixon




29) *Iowa Hawkeyes 2003
DE M. Roth, H. Hodges
DT Clauss
DT J. Babineaux
DE Iwebema, Mattision
OLB E. Miles, Humpal
ILB A. Hodge, Klinkenborg
OLB C. Greenway
CB J. Johnson
CB A. Allen
SS B. Sanders, S. Considine
FS Paschal, Merrick


30) *Oklahoma 2007
DE English
DT G. McCoy
DT D. Granger, A. Taylor
DE J. Beal, F. Alexander
OLB L. Baker
ILB C. Lofton
OLB D. Pleasant, T. Lewis
CB R. Smith, L. Holmes
CB M. Walker, B. Jackson, Franks
SS N. Harris, Q. Carter
FS DJ. Wofle


31) *Alabama 2005
DE W. Gilberry, E. Knight
DT B. Greenwood
DT J. Clark, D. Lee
DE M. Anderson
OLB D. Ryans
ILB F. Roach, P. Hall
OLB J. Simpson
CB S. Castille, R. Robinson
CB C. Peprah, A. Madison
SS R. Harper
FS J. Dukes, R. Johnson


32) *Texas 2009
DE S. Kindle
DT L. Houston
DT Randall
DE Acho
OLB K. Robinson
ILB Muckelroy
OLB J. Norton
CB Ch. Brown, Cu. Brown
CB A. Williams, D. Beasley
SS E. Thomas
FS Gideon, N. Brewster


33) *Texas 2000
DE Redding
DT Hampton
DT S. Rogers, M. Tubbs
DE Pittman
OLB T. Jones
ILB D. Lewis
OLB Rawls
CB Q. Jammer, N. Vasher
CB R. Babers, A. Brooks
SS J. Walker
FS C. Brown, D. Pearson


34) *Michigan State 1999
DE R. Smith
DT D. Bernard
DT D. Thomas
DE J. Hendricks
OLB J. Peterson
ILB TJ. Turner
OLB J. Thornhill
CB A. Cambell, B. Nelson
CB R. Hill, C. Henry
SS T. Wright
FS R. Newsome


35) *Illinois 2007
DE D. Walker, Pilcher
DT C. Norwell
DT Lindquist
DE W. Davis
OLB A. Steele
ILB J. Leman
OLB B. Miller
CB V. Davis
CB A. Ball, D. Hicks
SS K. Mitchell
FS J. Sanders, J. Harrison


36) *Alabama 1999
DE King
DT C. Griffin
DT R. Grimes K. Smith
DE Moorhead
OLB M. Merritt
ILB S. Rasheed
OLB D. Gilbert
CB T. Dixon
CB M. Lewis
SS Spencer
FS R. Myles


37) *Texas A&M 1998
DE R. Bernard
DT R. Edwards
DE Flemons
OLB C. Anthony
ILB D. Nguyen
ILB J. Glenn
OLB W. Holdman
CB J. Webster
CB S. Curry
SS M. Jameson
FS R. Coady


38 ) *Georgia 1998
DE D. Evans
DT Seymour
DT Stroud,
DE Luckie
OLB W. Witherspoon, O. Grant
ILB K. Bell
OLB B. Bailey
CB C. Bailey
CB J. Henderson
SS J. Phillips
FS Chambers


39) *Miss State 2000
DE E. Wyms
DT W. Blade
DT D. Davis, T. Golliday
DE C. Stephens
OLB J. Clark
ILB M. Haggan
OLB R. Knight
CB F. Smoot
CB S. Byrdsong, E. Clinton
SS P. Prather
FS J. Morgan


40) *Iowa 2008
DE A. Clayborn
DT M. King, Klug
DT M. Kroul
DE C. Ballard, B. Binns
OLB AJ. Edds
ILB P. Angerer, J. Coleman
OLB J. Hunter
CB B. Fletcher
CB A. Spievey
SS T. Sash
FS B. Greenwood


41) *Wake Forest 2006
DE M. Robinson
DT B. Robinson
DT J. Smith
DE J. Thompson
OLB A. Curry
ILB Abbate
OLB S .Arnoux
CB A. Smith, B. Ghee
CB R. Swanson
SS P. Ghee, C. Vaughn
FS Gattis


42) *South Florida 2007
DE G. Selvie
DT T. McClain
DT A. Harris
DE Buie
OLB T. McKenzie
ILB B. Moffitt
OLB Momperimer
CB M. Jenkins
CB T. Williams, J. Murphy
SS N. Allen, L. Gachette
FS C. Williams


43) *Kansas State 2001
DE C. Coffman
DT T. Reese
DT R. Berry
DE Shull, B. Hickman
OLB B. Leber
ILB T. Pierce, T. Sims
OLB J. Buhl
CB T. Newman
CB D. Faggins
SS J. McGraw
FS R. Washington, M. Proctor



44) *UNC 2009
DE R. Quinn, Q. Coples
DT M. Austin
DT C. Thomas, T. Powell
DE EJ. Wilson, M. McAdoo
OLB B. Carter
ILB Q. Sturdivant
OLB Z. Brown
CB K. Burney
CB C. Brown
SS M. Williams, M. Merletti
FS D. Williams, D. Searcy


45) *UCLA 2001
DE K. Coleman
DT R. Leisle
DT Fletcher
DE D. Ball, M. Ball
OLB B. Chillar
ILB R. Thomas, M. Reese
OLB S. Havner, R. Nece
CB M. Ware, M. Cassell
CB R. Manning, J. Hunter
SS M. Anderson
FS B. Emanuel


46) *LSU 1999
DE J. Green
DT K. Allen
DT J. Mitchell
DE K. Mitchell
OLB B. James
ILB T. Faulk
OLB C. Smith
CB M. Roman
CB F. Booker, D. Hookfin
SS C. LeBlanc
FS R. Clark, D. James


47) *West Virginia 1997
DE Kevin Landolt
DT Henry Slay
DT John Thornton
DE Greg Robinette, Ryan Price
OLB Gary Stills
ILB Steve Lippe
OLB Damon Cogdell
CB Charles Fisher
CB Perlo Bastien, Gary Tompkins
SS Barrett Green
FS Nate Terry


48 ) *Miami Hurricanes 2006
DE B. Atkins, B. Pata
DT A. Dixon
DT K. Brown
DE C. Campbell. V. Franklin
OLB J. Beason, C. McCarthy
ILB G. Cook
OLB T. Gooden, R. Davis
CB B. Johnson
CB G. Sharpe, R. Phillips
SS B. Meriweather, A. Reddick
FS K. Phillips, W. Cooper


49) *NC State 2005
DE M. Williams, L. Wright
DT D. Pressley, A. Cash
DT J. McCargo, D. Tyler
DE M. Lawson, W. Young
OLB S. Tulloch
ILB O. Hoyte
OLB P. Lowery
CB AJ Davis
CB M. Hudson
SS G. Heath
FS L. Rumph, D. Morgan


50) *Notre Dame 2003
DE Tuck
DT C. Hilliard, D. Landri
DT T. Laws
DE V. Abiamiri, D. Stephenson
OLB M. Goolsby
ILB B. Hoyte
OLB D. Curry, C. Watson
CB A. Wooden
CB V. Duff
SS Zbikowski
FS G. Earl


51) *Arizona 1998
DE Tafoya, K. Fraser
DT D. Greer
DT I. Haroon
DE M. Robertson
OLB D. Polk
ILB M. Bell
OLB Sprotte A. Pierce
CB C. McAllister
CB K. Hunter
SS G. Payne
FS R. Jones


52) *Louisville 2004
DE E. Dumervil
DT Okoye, Graddy
DT M. Stanley
DE M. Jones
OLB B. Johnson
ILB R. McCune, L. Myles
OLB M. Jackson, J. Jackerson
CB R. Council, A. Sharp
CB W. Gaay, G. Smart
SS K. Rhodes
FS B. Sharp


53) *Purdue 2003
DE S. Phillips
DT C. Terrill
DT B. Villarreal
DE R. Edwards, E. Bright
OLB L. Johnson
ILB Koutouvides, G. Hall
OLB G. Gardner, S. Keglar
CB J. Reeves
CB A. Rogers
SS B. Pollard
FS S. Schweigert


54) *UNC 2001
DE J. Peppers
DT R. Sims
DT E. Davis
DE J. Evans, J. Dumas
OLB D. Thornton
ILB Q. Monk
OLB S. Williams
CB E. Hood
CB M. Waddell
SS D. Reid
FS D. Coleman


55) *TCU 2007
DE T. Blake, J. Hughes
DT Christopher
DT J. Vess
DE C. Ortiz
OLB J. Phillips
ILB D. Hawthorne
OLB R. Henson, D. Washington
CB R. Priest
CB N. Sanders
SS S. Hodge
FS D. Roach, B. Bonner


56) *Washington State 2002
DE I. Brown
DT R. Long
DT Tupai
DE Acholonu
OLB K. Sperry
ILB W. Derting
OLB P. Bennett
CB M. Trufant
CB K. Paymah, J. David
SS E. Coleman
FS H. Abdullah


57) *Wisconsin 2000
DE Welsh
DT W. Bryant
DT Sprague
DE E. James
OLB R. Knight
ILB N. Griesen
OLB J. Mack
CB J. Fletcher
CB M. Echols, BJ Tucker
SS B. Brown
FS J. Doering


58 ) *Cal 2006
DE Ma'afala
DT Mebane
DT T. Alualu
DE Tafisi
OLB A. Felder
ILB D. Bishop
OLB W. Williams, Z. Follett
CB D. Hughes
CB T. Mixon
SS B. Hicks
FS T. DeCoud


59) *Tennessee 2008
DE R. Ayers
DT D. Williams
DT D. Bolden
DE W. Brown, B. Martin
OLB R. McCoy
ILB Myers-White
OLB L. Thompson
CB D. Willingham
CB M. Johnson
SS E. Berry
FS D. Morley, A. Gaines


60) *Georgia Tech 2006
DE M. Johnson
DT J. Anoai, D. Robertson
DT D. Richard, V. Walker
DE A. Oliver
OLB K. Hall
ILB P. Wheeler
OLB G. Guyton
CB K. Scott, A. Roberson
CB Word-Daniels
SS J. Lewis
FS D. Jones


61) *Virginia 2005
DE C. Canty
DT A. Hoffman
DE C. Long
OLB Blackstock
ILB A. Brooks, J. Cooper
ILB K. Parham, J. Dias
OLB C. Sintim
CB M .Hamilton
CB T. Franklin
SS M. Weeks
FS J. Hardy


62) *Utah 2008
DE P. Kruger
DT Talamaivao
DT Filiaga
DE K. Misi
OLB Sylvester
ILB M. Wright
OLB Fotu
CB S. Smith
CB B. McCain, R, Stanford
SS J. Dale
FS R. Johnson



63) *Kansas 2005
DE C. Keith
DT C. Blakesley
DT J. McClinton
DE J. Wheeler
OLB J. Mortensen, B. Perkins
ILB N. Reid
OLB M. Rivera, J. Holt
CB A. Talib
CB C. Gordon
SS J. Kemp
FS D. Stuckey, J. Thornton


64) *Oregon State 2006
DE D. Smith
DT Silvira
DT W. Vea
DE Van Orsow
OLB D. Doggett
ILB A. Darlin, K. Kristick
OLB LaRocque
CB B. Hughes, J. Dockery
CB K. Lewis
SS S. Piscitelli
FS Afalava


65) *Oregon 2007
DE N. Reed
DT R. Harris
DT Linehan
DE Tukuafu
OLB Paysinger, Matthews
ILB Bacon
OLB Tuitele
CB Byrd, Glasper
CB Thurmond
SS Chung
FS T. Ward




*Note the rosters are as exact as I could get, it is quite hard however to find a up to date and accurate roster from the late 90's
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