The SEC's best defensive players, Week Six: Georgia dominates, and a former walk-on enters the list
Chris Lee • 10/7/2021 in Football
Here's our picks for the SEC's 14 best defensive players, heading into Week Six.
Here are our rankings of the SEC''s 14 best defensive players through Week Six. Tackle numbers give credit for a solo stop as a tackle, and an assist as a half-tackle.
1. Will Anderson, LB, Alabama: 23.5 tackles, and an SEC-leading 11 tackles for loss, plus four hurries.
2. Zach Carter, DL, Florida: Eight stops for loss, high grades at PFF.
3. Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia: Take your pick of Bulldog defenders who could go here, but Dean, on paper (3.5 sacks, nine hurries) gets the nod due to his disruptive nature and a higher snap count than his front-seven teammates.
4. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia: The Bulldogs' highest-graded defensive back, according to PFF; has five break-ups and a pick.
5. Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky: His blocked field goal was the key play in the 'Cats win over Florida.
6. Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M: PFF's highest-graded Aggie defender; hasn't allowed a TD pass yet.
7. Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama: Plays less than half the snaps, but just wrecks what opponents want to do in both the running and passing games.
8. Kingsley Enagbare, DL, South Carolina: Potential NFL first-rounder has 14.5 stops, 2.5 sacks, five hurries and two break-ups.
9. DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M: Production has waned, but he's playing an unusually-high number of snaps for a defensive lineman.
10. Christopher Smith, S, Georgia: Two picks amidst a high workload.
11. Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia: The Bulldogs haven't needed him much in the midst of blowouts, but he's a force when he's in there.
12. Jayden Peevy, DL, Texas A&M: 16 tackles, 4.5 for loss and three pass break-ups.
13. Adam Anderson, LB, Georgia: Leads the team in sacks (4.5) and hurries (10) despite playing less than half the snaps.
14. Jaylan Foster, DB, South Carolina: The former walk-on is tied for the national lead with four picks, and has also forced two fumbles.