In football, getting after the quarterback and blanketing wide receivers goes hand in hand. Apply pressure and the passer has to get the ball out quicker, meaning a defender is in coverage for less time. If a cornerback can run stride for stride with a receiver, leaving no windows to throw to, it gives the pass rush more time to get home.

The SEC has been home to some devastating pass rushers and receiver-erasing cover corners over the last decade. Who have the best pairings of those two positions been, though? Let’s run them down.

Chris Houston and Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas (2005-06)

The Razorbacks were known for their high-octane offenses in the mid-2000s, but they brought it on defense too. They had a nasty duo in Houston and Anderson, both future high draft picks. They were especially potent in 2006, when Anderson dominated the SEC and led the conference in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (20.0). Houston was an All-SEC selection that year, snagging three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and forcing two fumbles along the way.

Joe Haden and Carlos Dunlap, Florida (2007-09)

Dunlap wasn’t an instant star like Haden was, but in 2008 and 2009 the two wreaked havoc on the SEC. Both played a major role in the 2008 national championship, with Haden recording 10 tackles and three pass breakups in the win over Oklahoma, while Dunlap had four tackles and a half-sack. The two were just as good in both being named All-SEC performers in 2009, while Haden was a unanimous All-American selection. Both players went on to be selected in the first two rounds of the 2010 NFL draft.

Dre Kirkpatrick and Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (2009-11)

Upshaw is a unique player in the Nick Saban era, one that was just as dominant against the run as he was the pass. He led the Tide in Sacks in both 2010 and 2011 as he morphed into one of the SEC’s best defenders, earning All-American and All-SEC honors in 2011. He had Kirkpatrick holding down the outside, a second-team All-SEC performer in both 2010 and 2011. By Kirkpatrick’s junior year, he was getting throw at much less (he didn’t have a pick after three as a sophomore) as Alabama rolled to a national title. Upshaw and Kirkpatrick were both first round picks in the 2012 NFL draft.

Stephon Gilmore and Jadeveon Clowney/Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (2011)

The Gamecocks were loaded with NFL talent in the first few years of this decade. All three of these guys went on to be first round picks (Ingram and Gilmore in the 2012 draft), and they all played together for a year as the Gamecocks set a school record with 11 wins. Gilmore’s length and athleticism allowed him to smother receivers, and his ball skills earned him four interceptions. Clowney and Ingram, meanwhile, teamed up for 18 sacks between them, and Clowney’s arrival helped boost Carolina to an SEC-high 43 sacks.

Damian Swann and Jarvis Jones, Georgia (2011-12)

Swann just wrapped up his career with the Bulldogs, but he was near the peak of his powers when paired with Jones in 2012. As Jones rampaged his way to one of the greatest defensive seasons in recent SEC history (14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles), Swann ended up as a major beneficiary. He picked off four passes as a sophomore and was named the team’s most improved player as a result. He also forced a pair of fumbles of his own and recovered two more, making this duo one of the most takeaway-centric in recent memory.