This job gets tougher every year with quarterbacks throwing more than ever. But LSU is known as “DBU” and Vernon Hargreaves is a projected first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
Here are the conference’s top five defensive backs.
Vernon Hargreaves, Florida (5-11, 192) — He’s called himself the best cornerback in college football, so this is his year to prove it, since Hargreaves is almost surely heading to the NFL next spring. The thing is, many others agree with him.
Cyrus Jones, Alabama (5-10, 196) — Jones used to be one of the guys he now covers. It’s safe to say he’s made a successful switch from receiver to cornerback with a total of five interceptions the past two seasons.
Jonathan Jones, Auburn (5-10, 181) — There were plenty of issues with Auburn’s defense in 2014, but Jones wasn’t one of them with six interceptions and 11 breakups a season after coming back from a broken ankle.
Jalen Mills, LSU (6-0, 196) — Mills had been healthy (39 career starts) prior to fracturing his fibula in practice on Aug. 19. He’ll be able to play at some point this season, and his return could be critical to LSU’s success.
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (5-11, 186) — Tennessee has played 25 games in Sutton’s two years, and he’s started every one of them. He knows how to deny receivers the ball by breaking up 20 passes in his career.