Scout.com's No. 40 overall player, Beckner comes into Mizzou with a ton of hype. The Tigers have become the league's best defensive line developers in recent years, it's scary to think what they could get out of Beckner. The Tigers will be looking for some difference makers up front after losing Shane Ray and Markus Golden to the NFL, and Beckner could be the best option.
CeCe Jefferson — Florida Gators
Scout.com's 13th-rated player is expected to come in and contribute right away following the early departure of Dante Fowler. New defensive coordinator Geoff Collins goes by the nickname Master of Mayhem for a reason. Anticipate Jefferson will be asked to create some chaos for Collins this fall.
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Daylon Mack — Texas A&M
The Aggies allowed over five yards a carry and over 2,800 rushing yards total last season. Pretty pathetic. In comes John Chavis to resurrect the defense, and adding player of Mack's size and caliber won't hurt either. At 6-foot-1 and over 330 lbs, Mack may be the fastest player ever at that size.
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Trent Thompson — Georgia
Georgia's inability to stop the run caught up to them against their two biggest rivals last season, as Florida rushed for 418 and Georgia Tech for 399. Plugging in the No. 2 ranked player in the nation should help the run defense immediately.
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Leo Lewis, Fletcher Adams & Jamal Peters — Mississippi State
The Bulldogs were able to secure the top-ranked linebacker (Lewis), defensive tackle (Adams) and safety (Peters) in the state of Mississippi this offseason. Each of these players will look to make an impact for a defense that's losing eight seniors and Benardrick McKinney to the NFL. If these freshmen live up to their hype, State may stay atop the West for another season.
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Chad Kelly, DJ Jones, Tony Bridges and Javon Patterson — Ole Miss
Ole Miss went for the quick fix at quarterback (Kelly), corner (Bridges) and defensive tackle (Jones). How quickly these players can adjust to the SEC may decide the conference title in 2015. Patterson should be an upgrade at offensive guard, as last season was rough for the Rebels up front. Look for each of these players to start early next season.
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Kevin Toliver II — LSU Tigers
LSU has become Defensive Back U. After placing so many elite players in the NFL in recent memory, they appear to have found their next talent in Toliver. The No. 10-rated player in the nation comes into LSU after being committed for over two years. Toliver comes in just in time to replace Jalen Mills as a starting corner and is already on campus after enrolling in January.
Jovon Robinson — Auburn Tigers
Gus Malzahn appears to have found his next star at running back in Jovon Robinson. The five-star JUCO sensation should ease the transition for Auburn as they lose their top three rushers from a season ago. Robinson has already enrolled at Auburn in an attempt to jumpstart his SEC career.
Byron Cowart — Auburn
Auburn fans can thank Will Muschamp for stealing the Florida native Cowart away from the Gators. His 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame is just what Muschamp likes in his defensive ends and reminds many of former Muschamp pupil and Gator star Dante Fowler Jr. Expect Cowart to see plenty of action on passing downs and potentially lead the Tigers in sacks his freshman season.
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Tennessee's freshman defensive line
Kahlil McKenzie, Kyle Phillips, Shy Tuttle, Darrell Taylor and Andrew Butcher all come in rated as four- and five-star prospects, and all could play as soon as next season for a Tennessee team looking to get more athletic up front. Last season, Tennessee developed true freshman Derek Barnett into its best player. Can it repeat that feat with any of these linemen? Lining up next to Barnett won't hurt their chances.