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A Closer Look at Phil Steele's 2015 Preseason All-SEC Football Team: Defense

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The Good, the Bad, and the Head-Scratchers...

A'Shawn, Allan, Reed: Best Bama Defensive Front Ever?
A'Shawn, Allan, Reed: Best Bama Defensive Front Ever?
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Yesterday, we discussed the offensive selections of Phil Steele's 2015 Preseason All-SEC Football Team and some of them WERE offensive (Cam Rob on FOURTH TEAM? REALLY?).

Today, we tackle the defensive squads and it looks like Steele just got lazy picking out the names he recognized from ESPN SportsCenter.

Again be forewarned, the Gump hat is off.

First-team Defense Second-team Defense Third-team Defense Fourth-team Defense
DE Jordan Jenkins, Georgia DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee DE Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss DT Montravious Adams, Auburn DT Josh Augusta, Missouri DT Christian LaCouture, LSU
DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State DT Harold Brantley, Missouri DT Melvin Lewis, Kentucky
DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama DE Carl Lawson, Auburn DE Jarran Reed, Alabama
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri LB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia LB Skai Moore, South Carolina
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn LB Kris Frost, Auburn LB Rueben Foster, Alabama LB Michael Scherer, Missouri
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU LB C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss LB Josh Forrest, Kentucky
DB Will Redmond, Mississippi State DB Cyrus Jones, Alabama DB LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee DB Kenya Dennis, Missouri
DB DB Eddie Jackson, Alabama DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn DB Cam Sutton, Tennessee DB Dominick Sanders, Georgia
DB Jalen Mills, LSU DB Jonathan "Rudy" Ford, Auburn DB Tre’Davious White, LSU DB Tony Brown, Alabama
DB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss DB Quincy Mauger, Georgia DB Brian Poole, Florida

The sportswriters just keep handing trophies over to Auburn. SIX Tigers from the defense that was 64th in YPG and 62nd in PPG in 2014? Will Muschamp is good but he's not that good.

DE: Myles Garrett is everyone's darling and had 11.5 sacks in 2014. However, only one came against SEC West opponents (Ole Miss). Derek Barnett (10.0 sacks in SEC play) should be higher. Haynes is a reach. Jenkins is technically an outside linebacker.

DT: Jarran Reed should've been a little higher. He doesn't light up the stat sheet, but is utterly disruptive in the middle. Robert Nkemdiche has elite talent but he is still a bit raw. LaCouture and Augusta are curious choices.

LB: Denzel Nkemdiche was injured/suspended most of 2014 playing in 7 games and not doing much. McKinzy is not first team material. Reuben Foster is immensely talented but has little experience as a starter. The whole third and fourth teams are questionable but Steele decided to go with a 4-4-4 defense (?).

DB: First year starter Will Redmond on first team? Conner or Cyrus Jones would be a better choice. Eddie on team #1 is questionable. Ford on the second team is too high. Sutton should be higher. Mauger and McNeil make me go "meh". And where is LSU's Jamal Adams? OM's Trae Elston? Keep an eye on UK safety A.J. Stamps.

ETC: Steele's first team kicker is Austin MacGinnis of Kentucky, punter is Bama's JK Scott. Kick returner is Darrius Sims of Vanderbilt and punt returner is Isaiah McKenzie of Georgia. I really have no problem with any of those.