On Tuesday, we looked at the top 5 offensive duos in the SEC. Today, we look at their counterparts -- the top 5 defensive duos.
This one was pretty tough because the SEC is yet again home to so many talented defenders and defensive combos. But, hey, you can't squeeze everyone into five spots. Such is life when it comes to lists!
Here are the top 5 defensive duos in the SEC for 2015:
1. Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Carter/Leonard Floyd, Georgia: OK, so I cheated a little bit here, but there's good reason. Jenkins is an absolute stud, who can play both outside linebacker and defensive end. Floyd and Carter sometimes play the same position and are two ferocious pass-rushers. Any combination with Jenkins is elite, so with these guys switching in and out, I had to put all three on here. These three combined for 25 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks last season.
2. Derek Barnett/Curt Maggitt, Tennessee: Barnett is one of the best and scariest pass-rushers in the SEC, finishing his freshman year with 20.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Right behind him was Maggitt, who can play both defensive end and linebacker. The veteran finished the 2014 season with 11 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Good luck, quarterbacks.
3. A'Shawn Robinson/Jonathan Allen, Alabama: Robinson can play defensive tackle or defensive end and is usually equally as unruly for opponents to handle. He doesn't generate a ton of stats, but he's an incredible pain for opposing lines, quarterbacks and running backs. Allen was a force off the edge for the Tide alongside Xzavier Dickson. But with Dickson gone, Allen has a very good chance of improving on his 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
4. Tre'Davious White/Jalen Mills, LSU: Shocker, LSU has a defensive back combo on the list. White has the tools and athleticism to be one of the SEC's best cover corners. He's very rangy and has a ton of speed. He only had two interceptions last season, but he can easily improve on that. Mills is one of the league's most experienced defenders and can play all over. He's made his home at safety, but can still cover one-on-one when needed.
5. Robert Nkemdiche/Tony Conner, Ole Miss: The thing about Nkemdiche is that he isn't going to light up the stat book, but he's incredibly disruptive and directs plays to his teammates. Nkemdiche has really made strides as a player at defensive tackle and helps his partner in crime, Conner, who can be even more versatile when Nkemdiche is really going. Conner is an amazing athlete with tremendous instincts. He can fly around in coverage or roam around in the box, totaling 69 tackles, including nine for loss in 2014.
Others to consider: