The SEC is known for its dominant defensive line play, and that’s not going to change in 2018.
SEC Network analyst and former Florida standout receiver Chris Doering recently ranked the top defensive lines in the SEC, and the top five order may surprise you. Four of them are from the SEC West, as Florida is the only Eastern division team to be included.
According to Doering, Mississippi State will have the league’s top defensive line this year, followed by Auburn, Florida, Alabama and LSU.
“These guys (Mississippi State) are really really good,” Doering said. “Jeffery Simmons demands double teams up front. … Montez Sweat led the SEC in sacks last year. Think about now you have Gerri Green moving into that defensive end position for Bob Shoop’s 4-3 defense. They are not only talented in their first line, but second line and third line. Bob Shoop will have a wave after wave of defensive guys coming after the quarterback.”
Recently, ESPN analyst Trevor Matich said Mississippi State is going to “obliterate” their school record of draft picks in a single year, and he said the Bulldogs are also “going to break a lot of hears in the SEC West.”
So, the Mississippi State hype train keeps on rolling, and it makes for the Bulldogs to be one of college football’s most interesting teams in 2018.