Top 22 Countdown: No. 19

We continue our countdown of the top 22 most important players to Texas' success in 2014. We'll run these every Tuesday and Thursday.

Here is a look at our previous selections:

No. 22.

No. 21.

No. 20.

Chip's Pick

DT Poona Ford


6-0, 275

I have said the two most important signees in the 2014 class are QB Jerrod Heard and DT Poona Ford.

But if things go as planned by the coaches and QB David Ash can stay healthy and productive, Heard may not be needed to have an impact as a freshman. Ford, however, I expect Ford to walk right into the two-deep and play a lot as a backup alongside DT Hassan Ridgeway behind DTs Malcom Brown and Desmond Jackson.

Ford, who has yet to enroll this summer while taking courses to repair his high school transcript, was among the most productive defensive tackles in the country the past two seasons at Hilton Head Island (S.C.) High School.

He had 135 tackles, including 28 for losses (seven sacks) in 2013. As a junior, he had 154 tackles, including 44 for loss (10 sacks).

Ford was a three-star talent, in large part, because he's only 6-feet tall (290 pounds). But he has incredible lower-body strength, and his motor never seems to stop.

I expect Ford to have the biggest impact of any freshman in the 2014 class at a critical position and could end up pushing Ridgeway in a positive way.

William's Pick

CB Sheroid Evans


6-0, 188

When Evans was healthy last season you could make the argument that he was one of the top defensive back substitutes in the Big 12.

He posted a career-high six tackles against New Mexico State, had three more against BYU, two stops against Ole Miss and then had three against Iowa State before suffering a torn ACL that cost him the rest of the season.

Assuming that he'll return fully recovered from injury, which we expect him to, he should challenge Bryson Echols for that No. 3 CB spot. Regardless, he'll play a lot as one of the more experienced DBs on the team.

Before the injury, Evans was one of the fastest players on the team. Texas needs his speed and experience to counter the pass-happy offenses in the Big 12.

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