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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Pre-Season Defensive Back Rankings

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Which SEC teams have the best secondaries?

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1. Florida Gators

The Gators have the best corner in the league in Vernon Hargraves and a very experienced group of safeties.

2. LSU Tigers

As usual, this team has plenty of talent in the secondary and brought in a good recruiting class. It's shocking how well this school recruits defensive backs.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide lose a ton of talent in the secondary, but they have a slew of uber-recruits ready to plug in for those players.

4. Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels arguably have the best two starting safeties in the league, led by Cody Prewitt. Talented and experienced group of defensive backs.

5. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

As with most positions, MSU will have its most talented, experienced group in recent years at defensive back. Lots of returning talent.

6. Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs lose Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews but have a reasonably talented group of players to put on the field.

7. Auburn Tigers

Auburn's secondary was porous against the pass for much of last season, although it turned in a shockingly good first half against Florida St. before falling apart late in the game. Can Auburn channel that first-half energy into this year?

8. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks have a talented, experienced group of safeties but a very green, if talented group of corners. Their leading safety, Brison Williams, is likely to play most of the season at corner.

9. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols return four starters from one of the league's worst secondaries from last year. Can the group take a big step forward this year?

10. Missouri Tigers

Mizzou loses a lot of talent from last year's secondary, but like South Carolina, they had a good recruiting class in the position group.

11. Texas A&M Aggies

Like Tennessee, TAMU returns a ton of experience, but it's from a group that got shellacked repeatedly last year.

12. Kentucky Wildcats

Another group that returns experience, but experience that looked bad for much of last season.

13. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks have a handful of talented players but lack experienced depth.

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

The 'Dores lose all four starters from a year ago. Although the entire second string is back, that has to worry Vandy fans.