Last season, FSU's defense ranked fourth nationally in points allowed, surrendering an average of 15.1 points per contest.
FSU has a few potential first round picks on their defense, including defensive end Brandon Jenkins and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
The job that Mark Stoops has done with the FSU defense cannot be understated. When Stoops came to Tallahassee, the defense was coming off an absolutely terrible season.
In that season, FSU allowed over 30 points a game and barely qualified for a bowl game.
Entering his third season as defensive coordinator, Stoops has transformed FSU's defense into one of the nation's elite units.
Nigel Bradham, who led FSU in tackles in each of the previous three seasons, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round and will have to be replaced.
Christian Jones should be able to take Bradham's spot on the weak side, so Bradham's departure shouldn't hurt the defense that much.
FSU has two NFL quality cornerbacks in Rhodes and Greg Reid who will be locking down opposing wideouts all season.
Defensive ends Jenkins and Bjorn Werner have the ability to record 30 sacks between the two of them and will make things difficult for opposing offenses to get into a rhythm.
FSU's rush defense should be exceptional again this season, with defensive tackles Tim Jernigan, Everett Dawkins and Anthony McCloud clogging the middle.
The Seminoles allowed only 2.35 yards per carry last season, which led the nation. There is no reason that this year's defense shouldn't be even better this season.
FSU has the talent and experience to shut down every offense they face this season. Expect them to finish next season ranked inside the top five teams in the country in overall defense.