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Top 12 2017 Pac-12 defensive backs: Jaleel Wadood and Taylor Rapp Pac-12’s best safeties

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Counting down the Pac-12’s best defensive backs going into 2017.

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Quarterbacks Running Backs Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Linemen Defensive Linemen Linebackers

  1. Jaleel Wadood Sr. S UCLA

The best veteran defensive back in the Pac-12. Wadood has the range and speed to cover the pass and is also a great run defender and overall tackler.

2. Taylor Rapp So. S Washington

The Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and Pac-12 Championship Game MVP is a complete safety with a knack for making interceptions. He wasn’t far off from Budda Baker in his play last year.

3. Iman Marshall Jr. CB USC

The 6’1 200 corner looks ready for his breakout season. He has first round NFL Draft potential and great physicality combined with athleticism.

4. Quenton Meeks Jr. CB Stanford

An outright stud when healthy. He has amazing size at 6’2 200 and is a lockdown corner.

5. Justin Reid Jr. S Stanford

An All-Pac-12 selection in 2016, Reid is your typical, physical Stanford safety who can defend the run and rack up tackles.

6. Chase Hansen Jr. S Utah

A massive safety at 6’3 220 who can still really defend the pass. He should be the leader of the back of the Utes defense this year.

7. Chris Hawkins Sr. S USC

A veteran DB who earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2016. He’s battled tested and has great size.

8. Xavier Crawford So. CB Oregon State

Crawford stood out in a loaded 2016 secondary for the Beavers and was All-Pac-12 as a true freshman. The best young cornerback in the conference.

9. Alijah Holder Sr. CB Stanford

The other injured Cardinal corner with great size. Holder is right there with Marshall and Meeks as the Pac-12’s best corner if he is healthy.

10. Afolabi Laguda Sr. S Colorado

One of the hardest hitters in the conference will take center stage with Chidobe Awuzie, Ahkello Witherspoon and Tedric Thompson off to the NFL.

11. Isaiah Oliver Jr. CB Colorado

Oliver would have been one of the best corners in the Pac-12 last year had he not been behind Awuzie and Witherspoon. He has great size and athleticism and should be the Buffs’ next NFL corner.

12. JoJo McIntosh Jr. S Washington

McIntosh was having a great 2016 until Rapp blew up and became a starter. He is a big player with big-hitting potential who should turn into a star as a full-time starter again with Budda Baker off to the NFL.