Commentary: Top 25 all-time NFL defensive players to come out of BYU (+photos)

Published: Friday, Jan. 31 2014 9:32 a.m. MST

Since Bronco Mendenhall arrived at BYU, it has been transformed from a school that was known primarily for its offense into a place where defense has been a huge part of the Cougars' success as a program. Even though the defense has carried the torch for BYU as of late, it has produced NFL talent on that side of the ball for a long time. This is the list of the best of those defensive players based solely on what they have done in the NFL.

Note: Obviously a list like this is completely subjective, but I try to leave out all bias when I do these rankings.

The things I factored in while doing these rankings include All-Pro selections, Pro Bowls, years as a starter, years in the league and impact on a team. Also, stats weighed heavily in my decision-making.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting list. BYU is not really known as a school that puts out a lot of great defensive players. I have a feeling Ansah is going to be moving up that list over the years and would probably be in the top 10 if this list were to be done again in 5 - 10 years.

Keisels Beard
Overton, NV

I'm disappointed. I really feel like I should be higher on the list. The compiler must be follicly challenged.

Park City, UT

Jay. Thanks for this great article. Looking forward hopefully to the next one on the Offense and possibly special teams. Full steam ahead.

Sandy, UT

The offensive list was posted already. It was put out on December 26th.

Idaho Falls, ID

Love Keisel with his beard! He looks like a Viking.

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