2022 Pre-season college standings: Top 25 Indoor Defensive Players | NFL news, standings and statistics

It’s time to ramp things up in preparation for the 2022 college football season, with Week 0 just over a month apart.

Check out the latest version 2022 PFF College Football Preview Guide Plus more pre-season spot rankings to be rolled out over the next few weeks.

Here are the PFF’s picks for the 25 best indoor defensive players entering the 2022 college football season along with some superlatives at the end, including the biggest expectations and sleepovers.

Note: This ranking does not consider NFL potential

Rank player, school
1 Galen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs
2 Brian Bracy, Clemson Tigers
3 Kalija Kansi, House of Panthers
4 Jackson Player, Baylor Bears
5 Jervon Dexter, Florida Gators
6 Jacob Slade, Sparta, Michigan
7 Brandon Dorles, Oregon Ducks
8 Galen Redmond, soon in Oklahoma
9 Jacqueline Roy, LSU Tigers
10 Colby Wooden, Auburn Tigers
11 Seyaki Ika, Baylor Bears
12 Bobo Omavai, Oregon Ducks
13 Germaine Lol, Louisville Cardinals
14 Jason Ademilola, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
15th Byron Young, Alabama Crimson Tide
16 Mazie Smith, Michigan Wolverines
17 Jayden Jernigan, Missouri Tiger
18 Robert Cooper, Florida State Seminoles
19 Corey Durden, North Carolina Wolfpack
20 Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona Sun Devils
21 Dante Stiles, West Virginia Mountaineers
22 Keanu Benton, Wisconsin Badgers
23 Taylor Williams, Ohio State Buckeyes
24 Jared Harrison Hunt, Miami Hurricanes
25 Leonard Taylor, Miami Hurricanes


Top Dog

1. Galen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia is losing a boatload of elite talent along its defensive front, but the team brought back the country’s best clear inland defensive line man, with Carter—the 2020 five-star inductee—with an 89.7 rush score that tied first in the Power Five last season. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound indoor defensive lineman also tied for first among that group in dash pass win rate (18.5%) and finished second in pressing rate (13.4%). He was also one of the top performers against the race, recording the highest positive graded play rate in the country by more than four percentage points. Carter has a whole lot of strength in his game and he’s “Show A” of a special talent.


Biggest Projections

23. Tylik Williams, Ohio State Buckeyes

It’s almost hard to believe the sheer number of Williams’ cast in just 184 shots in his real new campaign. The strength of the 6-foot-3, 315-pound defender’s upper body combined with his good hand position for his age drove him to a score of 75.4 in his first season. The four-star recruit posted an 84.0 pass dash score, put 21 push-ups on 114 lunges, hit a few passes, scored 10 defensive stops and forced a slam. Williams should be able to mitigate the loss of veteran Haskell Jarrett along the Bucks’ inner defence.

25. Leonard Taylor, Miami Hurricanes

Taylor was a five-star recruit in 2021 and did well as a freshman but was just scratching the surface. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound interior defender running average in 2021 would have led the ACC had he played enough shots to qualify (29.3%). In all, it received a score of 71.7 PFF across 200 shots. If Taylor hits his roof sooner rather than later, the U could boast one of the best defensive lines in the country.

The biggest sleepers

6. Jacob Slade, Michigan State Spartans

Consistent Slade earned an 86.1 PFF for the last Spartans season, ranking him third among the Power Five’s home defense linemen. He also ranked in the top ten nationally in both resultant pressures (40) and running stops (27) and was among the six Power Five players in position to earn scores above 75.0 as a running defender and passing dashing.

7. Brandon Dorles, Oregon Ducks

Dorlus deserves more love, as he is one of the top 10 returning indoor defensive men in the country. He emerges from the 2021 season in which he finished as one of the five most valuable indoor defensive players in college football with 0.29 above-average (WAA) wins.

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