1. David Amerson -- N.C. State. At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Amerson was the best defensive back in the ACC last season. He uses his size to his advantage and has lots of athleticism. He finished the year with 13 picks, which led college football, and was given the Jack Tatum Award for being the nation's top defensive back. He shuts his side of the field down.
2. Nigel Malone -- Kansas State. At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Malone was a Junior College transfer before last season and it didn't take him long to make a major impact for the Wildcats. He finished the year with 58 tackles and seven picks and emerged as one of the premier defensive backs in the pass-happy Big 12.
3. Kyle Fuller -- Virginia Tech. At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Fuller was a second team All-ACC pick a season ago. He picked off two passes and finished with 65 tackles. He's very physical and may end up playing safety in the NFL. He's the best defensive back for a very good Hokie defense.
4. Xavier Rhodes -- Florida State. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Rhodes is one of the most physical cornerbacks around. He matches up very well against the bigger receivers around the conference and has a lot of ability as a cover man, too. He finished last season with 43 tackles and one interception and helps form a very good duo at FSU.
5. Kayvon Webster -- South Florida. A one-time Hurricane commitment from Pace High in Miami, Webster has developed into one of USF's best players. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Webster finished last season with 49 tackles and two picks to go with seven pass breakups. He's tough to throw against on a very solid defense.
6. Greg Reid -- Florida State. At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, Reid lacks ideal size for a major college corberback but he has tremendous ability. He's a big play waiting to happen. He's the best return specialist in the conference and has really turned the corner in the secondary. He's a premier player.