Steele's defensive backs ratings: Reloaded LSU secondary tops list

Top-rated true freshman Derek Stingley Jr. joins an already strong LSU secondary. Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire

Editor's note: This article was adapted from Phil Steele's college football preview magazine, which is available here.

Which college football programs have the best defensive back situations heading into 2019? The top team lost a first-team All-American but brought in a top-rated freshman. Here are the top 15.

1. LSU Tigers

The Tigers were listed as my No. 4 defensive back unit a year ago, and deservedly so, with three starters returning. LSU did not disappoint, finishing third overall in my pass defense ratings. This year, the Tigers lose first-team All-American Greedy Williams (second-round NFL draft pick) but return outstanding safety Grant Delpit (74 tackles, nine pass breakups in 2018).