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Top 12 2016 Pac-12 defensive backs: Washington loaded with stars

The Pac-12 is loaded with star defensive backs this season.

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1. Adoree Jackson Jr. CB USC - Maybe the most dynamic pure athlete in the conference, Jackson has outrageous speed, but also physicality. I think he is poised for a potential Heisman run in 2016 as he also plays on offense.

2. Sidney Jones Jr. CB Washington - Not as well-known as Jackson, but probably a better pure cover corner. He is a long athlete that can really play the ball, grab interceptions and make plays.

3. Budda Baker Jr. S Washington - Baker is about as fast and athletic as safeties come at the college level. He has legit track speed that gives him unbelievable range and can still bring the lumber in run support.

4. Marcus Williams Jr. S Utah - Williams exploded in 2015 as a tough safety in Utah's nasty defense who could also pick the ball off. He is now the leader of the back of the Utes D.

5. Kevin King Sr. CB Washington - King is right there with his teammate Jones as a great cover corner and also a rangy one at 6'3. He has the size to play safety, but is instead a physical corner whose size makes it very difficult to pass on his side.

6. Shalom Luani Sr. S Washington State - The rugby star from New Zealand emerged as a star in 2015 and was a big part of why Washington State's defense was so much better. He brings a unique collection of skills to table and is an all-conference-level player.

7. Randall Goforth Sr. S UCLA - Goforth seems like he has been at UCLA forever and is now the veteran leader of what should be a very good Bruin defense. He isn't too flashy, but does a little bit of everything a safety needs to do very well.

8. Jaleel Wadood Jr. S UCLA - An explosive hitter with the speed to have massive range in the defensive backfield. Wadood is a ball hawk who teams with Goforth to form the conference's best safety duo.

9. Chidobe Awuzie Sr. CB Colorado - Probably the best player on Colorado at any position. Awuzie is an underrated cover corner who gives their pass defense a huge boost.

10. Marcus Rios Sr. CB UCLA - Yet another great UCLA defensive back veteran. Rios is a great cover corner with a knack for making interceptions.

11. Tyree Robinson Jr. S Oregon - 2015 was rough for the Oregon secondary, but Robinson is a nice player with excellent size and tackling skills who is a steady presence back there for him. He should make even more strides in 2016.

12. Kareem Orr So. S Arizona State - Orr was the best freshman defensive back in the conference in 2015 as he finished with six interceptions.