Playing defense is not just about letting the offense dictate to you. The best defenses do not sit back and adjust to offenses and various alignments, formations and motions all the time. Those defenses go on the offensive and only tackle ball-carriers when they can't take the football away.
You see, defense is about having 11 players on the field who are going to do what needs to be done to get the ball back to their offense. That is why you see many defensive coordinators and analysts discuss "takeaways" so much. Interceptions, fumble recoveries and forced fumbles are crucial for a defense.
Front seven defenders are taught not only to tackle with good technique but also the art of stripping the ball from offensive players. Defensive backs are taught that when the ball is thrown, it is much theirs for the taking as it is a receiver's.
Some defenders get this message a little more thoroughly than others, then there are those defenders who are extreme turnover machines. For this read, here are 11 defensive recruits from the 2014 class who appear to fit the latter mold.