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2018 Pac-12 defensive back unit rankings: Washington loaded again at DB

Ranking the Pac-12’s defensive backfields going into the 2018 season.

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  1. Washington (CB Jordan Miller Sr. CB Byron Murphy So. S Taylor Rapp Jr. S JoJo McIntosh Sr. CB Myles Bryant Jr.) The Huskies just won’t quite at DB again. They’re loaded with four returning starters who could easily make up the first-team All-Pac-12 unit.

2. USC (CB Iman Marshall Sr. CB Ajene Harris Sr. CB Isaiah Langley Sr. S Marvell Tell Sr. S Bubba Bolden So.) The Trojans took a hit losing Jack Jones to off the field nonsense, but are still incredibly strong with seniors Marshall and Tell leading the way.

3. Stanford (CB Alijah Holder Sr. CB Alameen Murphy Sr. CB Malik Antoine Jr. S Brandon Simmons Sr. S Frank Buncom Sr.) Holder and Murphy are two veterans with great size who could be the conference’s best CB duo. Simmons and Buncom are blue chip recruits coming into their own.

4. UCLA (CB Darnay Holmes So. CB Nate Meadors Sr. S Quentin Lake So. S Adarius Pickett Sr. S Octavius Spencer Sr.) The Bruins are experienced at the top of their depth with familiar names like Meadors, Pickett, and Spencer. Holmes is a former blue chipper ready to turn into a lockdown CB.

5. Utah (CB Julian Blackmon Jr. CB Tyrone Smith Jr. S Corrion Ballard Sr. S Terrell Burgess Jr. S Javelin Guidry So.) A tough group led by All-Pac-12 selection Blackmon. This talented of a DB group should team with a strong front seven and keep the nasty history of Utah defenses rolling.

6. Oregon (CB Thomas Graham So. CB Deommodore Lenoir So. S Ugo Amadi Sr. S Matrell McGraw Sr. S Brady Breeze So.) The Ducks have a couple of young emerging stars at corner and veterans at safety. This is a deep group and part of a quickly-improved Duck D.

7. Arizona (CB Lorenzo Burns So. CB Jace Whittaker Sr. S Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles Sr. S Tristan Cooper Jr. S Jarrius Wallace So.) This group is loaded with players who really stepped up in 2017 who can pick off opposing QBs.

8. Washington State (CB Darrien Molton Sr. CB Sean Harper Sr. CB Marcus Strong Sr. S Jalen Thompson Jr. Skyler Thomas So.) Thompson is an All-Pac-12-level player and the experience at cornerback is great with Molton and Strong solid veterans.

9. Colorado (CB Trey Udoffia So. CB Dante Wigley So. CB Delrick Adams Jr. S Evan Worthington Sr. S Nick Fischer Sr.) The Buffs lose more NFL talent again, but are still stocked pretty well at DB. Udoffia has the skills to be their next NFL CB and Worthington is an All-Pac-12-caliber safety.

10. Arizona State (CB Chase Lucas So. CB Kobe Williams Jr. CB Langston Frederick So. S Jalen Harvey Sr. S Evan Fields So.) All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman Lucas is the star here as one of the conference’s best CBs. Harvey is a player to watch after moving over from receiver, where he was a standout.

11. Cal (CB Camryn Bynum So. CB Elijah Hicks So. S Ashtyn Davis Jr. S Jaylinn Hawkins Jr. S Evan Rambo Jr.) This is a very good group for 11th and they will be very well coached by Justin Wilcox and his defensive staff.

12. Oregon State (CB Xavier Crawford Jr. CB Dwayne Williams Sr. S Jalen Moore Jr. S David Morris So.) The huge bright spot here is Crawford, who looked like he was turning into a star before going down with an injury last season.