For as much focus is given to offensive stars, teams featuring elite college football defenders are often the ones winning big games.

This is true at all levels of play, including the NFL. In fact, this past draft, there were 19 defensive players selected in Round 1 compared to 13 on the offensive side of the ball. With that in mind, we’ll be taking a look at the most dominant college football defenders heading into the 2017 season.

These guys are a nightmare to play against. They can waylay the best-laid plans of even the best offensive minds because of their ability to make game-breaking plays.