Power Ranking Top 10 College Football Defensive Ends For 2015 Season
2015 College Football Season
August 5, 2015
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As we get closer to the 2015 college football season, it’s time to take a look at the top defensive ends in the country.
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1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State Buckeyes - Joey Bosa has been a flat out beast since he first stepped on the field for Ohio State. In just two seasons, Bosa has racked up 21 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. Bosa is extremely quick off the edge, great in run support and simply a downright elite playmaker who is poised for the NFL. Bosa is one of those defensive players who can takeover a game by himself on the defensive side.
2. Shawn Oakman, Baylor Bears - Shawn Oakman is an athletic freak with a unique build, as you don’t find defensive ends everyday who stand at 6’9”. In two seasons with Baylor, Oakman has 13 sacks, 32 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. The insane part with Oakman is that he still has room to improve, which is why he returned to college instead of leaving for the next level. Oakman may be the best overall defensive player in the Big 12.
3. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State Cowboys - Emmanuel Ogbah is also a player who seems to be getting better everytime he takes the field. In two seasons with the Cowboys, Ogbah has 15 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and five passes broken up. Ogbah has a nice combination of strength and speed, giving Oklahoma State a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball.
4. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M Aggies - Myles Garrett set an SEC freshman record with 11.5 sacks and 53 tackles. Garrett’s 14 tackles for loss was also good for eighth in the SEC. Considering he’s so young to the college game, Garrett has a lot of room for growth and could eventually develop into a first round NFL draft pick. Right now, however, Garrett is one of the top defensive ends at the college level.
5. Derek Barnett, Tennessee Volunteers - Another guy who shined last season as a freshman was Derek Barnett. Barnett led the Volunteers with 72 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Barnett is an overwhelming force and doesn't give up on plays regardless of the situation. The trendy pick this season is for the Vols to reach the SEC title game, and that starts with players such as Barnett leading the way.
6. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State Spartans - Shilique Calhoun has been a force for Michigan State the last two seasons and should be due for another big year as a senior. In his last two seasons, Calhoun has combined for 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. Calhoun has great quickness off the edge and will be the face of this new look defense for Michigan State.
7. DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks - DeForest Buckner could possibly be the best NFL prospect in the Pac-12 right now. Buckner has crazy size at 6’7”, nearly 300 pounds, and he’s gotten better each season in Eugene. Last year, Buckner picked up 81 tackles, four sacks and four passes broken up. Something tells me we haven’t seen the best of Buckner, and that’s scary. Pac-12 quarterbacks should be very afraid this season.
8. Jordan Jenkins, Georgia Bulldogs - Jordan Jenkins is big and athletic enough to play outside linebacker and will spend time at defensive end as well this season. Last season, Jenkins racked up 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and a ridiculous 21 quarterback hurries. Jenkins is a relentless pass rusher and could really turn some heads in his fourth season with the Bulldogs. Keep an eye on this kid.
9. Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech Hokies - Dadi Nicolas has been able to feast under Bud Foster, as he has 25 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and four passes broken up in his last two seasons. Nicolas has also become more than just a pass rusher lately and more into a complete football player, as his instincts have improved and he’s more in on the action every play. I look for Nicolas to have his best season yet for the Hokies, and that’s saying something.
10. Devonte Fields, Louisville Cardinals - Remember Devonte Fields? The guy who had 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss as a freshman with the TCU Horned Frogs back in 2012? After some off-the-field issues and transferring up north, Fields is back to remind folks why he was widely considered one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball. From a talent standpoint, Fields can compete with anybody on this list. It’s just a matter of him getting his head straight.