Defensive standouts are always in demand. Today's offenses are more advanced, complex and sophisticated, which means defenders need to be better so they can keep up.
Over the past few years, I've noticed that the defensive talent on the recruiting trail has been impressive. The athletes on that side of the ball in the past several classes have been top-caliber recruits.
Defensive players can be the best players on their team, but since they are not routinely scoring touchdowns and making entertaining plays, it's tougher for them to be stars than their offensive counterparts. However, players like Manti Te'o, Charles Woodson and others became stars by excelling on defense.
Take a look at these defensive recruits in the 2014 class who have the best chance of being household names in college.