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Monday, August 8, 2011
Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 16

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players continues.

You can see the final post-2010 top 25 here. It doesn't, however, include players from Colorado or Utah.

16. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

2010 numbers: Kendricks had 66 tackles -- 15 coming for a loss -- with 8.5 sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries.

2010 ranking: Unranked

Making the case for Kendricks: Kendricks, an explosive, playmaking LB, earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010. He ranked second in the conference in sacks and fourth in tackles for a loss. He put up those big numbers playing outside, so it will be interesting to see how he performs -- and how his numbers stack up -- now that the 6-foot, 240-pound senior has moved to inside linebacker in the Bears 3-4 scheme. While Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict gets a lot of attention and casts a big shadow, Kendricks is a first-rate talent who has an NFL future.

17. Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
18. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
19.
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
20. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
21. Robert Woods, WR, USC
22. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
23. David Paulson, TE, Oregon
24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State