By John Breeck | NFL.com/CollegeFootball WriterCollege football writer John BreeCHANNEL 9 – The best defensive players in the country | More College football stories at NCAA.com MORE College football is back and that means some great players are returning.
Here’s a look at the best players in 2018.1.
Cam Robinson, Georgia State Bulldogs (247Sports Composite)2.
Jalen Ramsey, Washington Huskies (247sports Composite)3.
Aaron Murray, Alabama Crimson Tide (247 Sports Composite)4.
Ryan Robinson, Alabama State Sun Belt Conference (247 sports Composite)5.
De’Andre Johnson, Texas A&M Aggies (247)6.
Jonathan Jones, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (247/247Sports)7.
Shaq Thompson, USC Trojans (247-247Sports; 247Sports Composite; 247 Sports Composite; NFL.org Composite)8.
Shaquill Griffin, Florida State Seminoles (247, 247Sports)9.
Josh Jackson, Texas Tech Red Raiders (247; 247sports)10.
Rashad Greene, Auburn Tigers (247.com; 247)11.
Christian Wilkins, LSU Tigers (ESPN.com)12.
Nick Martin, Iowa State Cyclones (ESPN)13.
Malik McDowell, Florida Gators (247Football; 247/247 Sports; 247.com Composite)14.
Jalston Fowler, Florida St. Seminoles(247sports.com: NFL Draft: Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State and others)15.
David Njoku, Florida Panthers (247 football)16.
Shaub Evans, Texas Longhorns (247 ESPN)17.
Samaje Perine, LSU Bulldogs (ESPN/ESPN+)18.
Jonathan Banks, Ohio St. Buckeyes (ESPN NFL Draft)19.
Aaron Burbridge, Oregon Ducks (247 NFL Draft | 247Sports.com composite)20.
Tyus Bowser, Washington State Cougars (247 USA Today)21.
Zach Cunningham, Oklahoma Sooners (247 Rivals)22.
DeShaun Watson, Clemson Tigers (CBS Sports)23.
Shaqa McKenzie, Auburn Tiger (CBSSports.org)24.
Kevin White, USC Trojan (247 and 247Sports, 247.net Composite)25.
T.J. Watt, Wisconsin Badgers (247 Football)26.
D’Andre Swift, USC Aggies(ESPN.net)27.
Trevone Boykin, Alabama Bulldogs (USA Today)28.
Chris Jones, LSU Crimson Tide(CBSSports)29.
J’Mon Moore, Miami Hurricanes(247 Sports)30.
Tre Mason, Arizona State Sun Devils (247USA Today; 247 ESPN)31.
Christian Kirksey, Missouri Tigers (Associated Press)32.
Shaqt Barrett, Michigan Wolverines (247 Scout; 247-247 Sports composite)33.
Zach Boren, Vanderbilt Commodores (ESPN 247Sports composite)34.
D.J., South Carolina Gamecocks(ESPN 247)35.
Josh Doctson, TCU Horned Frogs (ESPN3)36.
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Cardinal (CBS)37.
Jarrad Davis, Oregon State Beavers(247Sports composite; 247 collegefootball writers)38.
Jonathan Stewart, Wisconsin Wolverines(247)39.
Malik Jefferson, Missouri State Rebels(247 ESPN/247, CBSSports.net composite)40.
Malik Jackson, Kentucky Wildcats (CBSsports.pro)41.
Travon Jackson, Clemson Cougars(CBSsports)42.
Aaron Ripkowski, Iowa Hawkeyes (247247Sports, CBSsports.net; 247 sports.com.au)43.
Michael Jackson, Georgia Bulldogs(247;247sports)44.
Jordan Lynch, Alabama Jaguars(CBS)45.
Jordan Jones, Utah State Aggies*(CBSESPN)46.
Tariq Tate, Florida International (247ESPN)47.
Dontre Wilson, Georgia Panthers (ESPN; ESPN.com-Tennessee)48.
Deion Sanders, South Carolina State Gamecros*(ESPN)49.
ShaQuan Lewis, USC Buffaloes(ESPN/CBS)50.
Chris Smith, Iowa Cougars*(Associated Press; 247 and 247sports.org composite)51.
DeAndre Jackson, Florida Hurricanes(ESPN3; ESPN3.com); 247Sports; ESPN NFL Draft; 247USA Today Composite*(NFLDraft.com), 247Sports (ESPNSports)52.
Kevin Johnson, Iowa Gophers(ESPN),247Sports (247),247sports (ESPN), 247sports (247U)53.
Jonathan Lewis, Georgia Tigers (USA TODAY)54.
Zach Allen, Clemson (CBS3)55.
Tyquan Lewis-Harris, Georgia Volunteers (247The Peach, 247sports; 247ESPN)56.
Shaiquan Lewis (247Suns; 247; 247The Peach; 247CBS Sports Composite); 247sports composite