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The SEC's best 25 players: No. 15

Every team needs a solid cover corner and our next member of our preseason top 25 could be one of the most athletic ones around:

No. 15: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

2010 numbers: He started 12 games last season and was a second-team All-SEC selection. Claiborne led LSU and ranked fourth in the SEC with 11 passes defended. He also finished the season with a team-high five interceptions, which ranked third in the league, and he became the first LSU player since LaRon Landry in 2006 to post back-to-back games with an interception when he picked off a pass against Florida and McNeese State. Claiborne also had 37 tackles, including one for loss.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2010 postseason countdown.

Making the case for Claiborne: He'll start the season in Patrick Peterson's spot, after starting opposite him in 2010, and he should more than hold his own this fall. Claiborne, who stands 6 feet, 180 pounds, is very rangy and extremely athletic. He also has tremendous cover skills and is expected to be a true shutdown corner in the league this year. Like Peterson, Claiborne has the ability to take an entire side of the field away, meaning opposing quarterbacks will try their hardest not to throw near him this fall. He has what it takes to become a Thorpe Award candidate this season.

No. 16: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

No. 17: Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky

No. 18: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

No. 19: Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas

No. 20: Malik Jackson, DT, Tennessee

No. 21: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

No. 22: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

No. 23: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

No. 24: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida

No. 25: Janzen Jackson, S, Tennessee