Clemson Football: The Dream Team Defense of the Dabo Swinney era

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A.J. Terrell, Clemson football (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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CB: Mackensie Alexander

S: DeAndre McDaniel

S: Jayron Kearse

  • Jonathan Meeks or K’Von Wallace

CB: Trayvon Mullen

The defensive backfield is full of players who were drafted highly and many who showed great dominance at the collegiate level.

Mackensie Alexander may have been the best pure-coverage cornerback in Clemson football history. When you combine him with Trayvon Mullen, A.J. Terrell, Bashaud Breeland and Cordrea Tankersley, you’ve got plenty of depth and talent on the edges to compete.

At safety, DeAndre McDaniel is a no-brainer and, though there were questions about Jayron Kearse following his 2015 season, there’s no doubt that he has the best pure talent of probably any safety in the Clemson football program during the Swinney era.

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This defense- led by Brent Venables of course- would have been an absolutely terrifying bunch to match-up against and it’s fun to think about just how much talent the Tigers have seen on this side of the ball.