Which teams will have the best defenses over the next three years? 11. Florida Gators 2017 future defense ranking: 10 Scouting the Gators: Dan Mullen must accomplish what the past two Florida coaches could not: Score more points and upgrade the quarterback position. But if Mullen can build on what Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain did on defense, the Gators should be in good shape. Florida has had a defender selected in the first round of the past six NFL drafts, and 10 defenders in the first three rounds of the past three drafts. "Florida was really good on defense until stuff started getting away from them and they couldn't score points," an SEC offensive coordinator said of the 2017 team. "Their front four was really athletic. They were salty." Although 2018 will be a year of transition, Florida has a nice mix of experience (rush end Cece Jefferson, end Jabari Zuniga, linebacker David Reese, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson) and youth (sophomore cornerbacks Marco Wilson and CJ Henderson). The secondary looks like a long-term strength as most and possibly all key contributors return for 2019, and top-30 recruit Justin Watkins would add to the mix if he ends up playing cornerback. Florida is looking for additional playmakers up front alongside Jefferson and Zuniga, and Antonneous Clayton, ESPN's No. 2 end and No. 10 overall player in the 2016 class, could be primed for a big season.