The Southeastern Conference lost a bounty of star defensive talent after the 2013 season, but that doesn't mean that the league is going to be devoid of dominant defenders.
A conference that recruits the way the SEC does simply recycles great players. So, while there will be another strong representation of Southern stars donning various NFL hats in the upcoming draft, plenty of others will take their place on the SEC gridiron next year.
There may not be the same national-headline star power such as Jadeveon Clowney, Michael Sam, C.J. Mosley and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but there will be ample stars in this new crop.
You know when names like Montravius Adams, Skai Moore and Jermauria Rasco didn't make the list, there's a lot of talent.
With less than a month remaining until spring practice starts across the South, let's take a look at the heirs to the defensive throne.
Who will inherit the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award from Sam and Mosley?