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Top 12 2015 Pac-12 receivers: Nelson Spruce best receiver in the Pac-12

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Ranking the Pac-12's best receivers going into the 2015 season.

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1. Nelson Spruce Sr. Colorado

Spruce is the conference's leading returning receiver with more than 100 receptions, 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns scored. He needs to up his production against better opponents, but regardless, he is still the Pac-12's top returning receiver.

2. Cayleb Jones Jr. Arizona

Jones made an impact right away in Tucson with an 1,000-yard, nine touchdown sophomore season. He should post even better numbers in 2015 with QB Anu Solomon a year older and with Austin Hill graduated.

3. Jordan Payton Sr. UCLA

Payton emerged as Brett Hundley's go-to receiver and should be an excellent big target for freshman QB Josh Rosen to target down the field. He will need to step up his game though in 2015 after fading down the stretch in 2014.

4. Byron Marshall Sr. Oregon

Marshall moved from running back to receiver and remained a star. He was huge in the Playoff Championship Game as one of the few Ducks to excel in the game.

* D.J. Foster Sr. Arizona State

I drafted this listed before Foster moved to receiver, but I expect the nation's best receiving running back to do much what Marshall did in 2014 and instantly move from being a star running back to star receiver.

5. Kenny Lawler Jr. Cal

Jared Goff's favorite target really came on at the end of the season and finished with 12 catches and three touchdowns in the Bears' final game of 2014. The big target (6'3 195) should crack the 10-touchdown barrier in 2015.

6. Juju Smith So. USC

Smith had more than 50 receptions and 700 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2014 but I feel like he is ready for a huge star turn in 2015. I expect him to become Cody Kessler's go-to-guy with Nelson Agholor off to the NFL.

7. River Cracraft Jr. Washington State

Cracraft racks up the numbers in Washington State's system, but he is far from a pure system player. He missed a few games in 2014, but is still one of the conference's leading returning receivers.

8. Dom Williams Sr. Washington State

Williams is another Cougar receiver that simply puts up huge numbers. Williams is due for one more big year in Mike Leach's system.

9. Victor Bolden Jr. Oregon State

Bolden doesn't score many touchdowns, but he can make a lot of catches and rack up yardage. He will likely be whichever young Beaver quarterback wins the starting job's top target.

10. Bralon Addison Jr. Oregon

Addison had to redshirt in 2014 due to injury, but he was one of the conference's best receivers before going down. He could go right back to being one of the Pac-12's best receivers if he comes back well from his injury.

11. Devon Allen So. Oregon

Allen was a breakout star for the Ducks and it sounds like he will be ready for 2015 despite a knee injury suffered in the Rose Bowl. His return will be huge for the Ducks as Allen is a track star with world class speed that challenges opponents deep.

12. Samajie Grant Jr. Arizona

Grant came on for the Wildcats late in the season as a consistent player who would quietly put together big games.