The SEC's top 25 players: No. 19

We head back to the secondary to find our first player in the teens on our countdown:

No. 19: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia, Jr.

2011 summary: He led the SEC, and was second nationally, with eight interceptions. Two of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He also defended 16 passes, which was the second-most in the SEC. He was fifth on the team with 55 tackles, with 34 solo stops, and he also recovered a fumble. Rambo was a first-team All-American and a first-team All-SEC member.

Why he's here: Rambo was one of the best and one of the hardest working defensive backs in the country in 2011. He had the ability to locate the ball from wherever he lined up on the field last fall. What made him even more dangerous was his ability to close on the ball and players with his tremendous speed. Rambo's instincts were probably the most impressive part of his game. He just had that special ability to make plays when he took the field and teams had to make sure plays were directed away from him. His 6-foot, 210-pound frame made it even harder to get the ball away from him because of his range. Rambo was a takeaway machine last year, but he wasn't just a nuisance for quarterbacks because of his ball-hawking ability, he also made it a habit of getting messy in the box with his physicality. Rambo considered taking his talents to the NFL, but decided to stay for one last season. No one would have blamed him, as Rambo would have been a very appealing prospect to pro teams.

  • No. 20: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

  • No. 21: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

  • No. 22: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

  • No. 23: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

  • No. 24: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

  • No. 25: Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn