By The Rankings: Defense

What would Texas's defense look like if all the position battles played out by recruiting ranking?

When there's a tie in star-ranking, the choice was picked based on overall national ranking.

The closest one here was probably the cornerback spot, where Bryson Echols landed the No. 2 position because he was ranked 144th in the nation in 2012, just barely ahead of Antwuan Davis (146 in 2013) and Carrington Byndom (148 in 2010).

In the case of multiple players at a position, like with linebacker below, the players are listed from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked. In case of position changes, a player's overall ranking is used. So Josh Turner gets a safety spot, despite the fact that Scout.com listed him as a cornerback.

Here's the defensive lineup if the most highly ranked players were starting. Injuries and age were not accounted for … this is supposed to be a raw look at a roster's talent, as rated by Scout.com.


DE — Jackson Jeffcoat, 5*

DE — Reggie Wilson, 5*

DT — Malcom Brown, 5*

DT — Desmond Jackson, 5*

LB — Steve Edmond, 5*

LB — Jordan Hicks, 5*

LB — Demarco Cobbs, 5*

CB — Leroy Scott, 4*

CB — Bryson Echols, 4* (144)

S — Josh Turner, 4*

S — Adrian Colbert, 4* (133)


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