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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 20

By Ted Miller

Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players in 2012 continues.

No. 20: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

2012 numbers: Jordan recorded 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He also forced three fumbles.

Preseason ranking: No. 11

Making the case for Jordan: Jordan battled through some injuries to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors for a second consecutive season, playing for a defense that ranked 25th in the nation in scoring (21.62 points per game). The long, lean 6-foot-7, 243 pounder was the most dangerous member of a deep and talented defensive line, the first guy opposing offensive coordinators had to account for on every play. He is expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick this spring, perhaps even getting picked in the top-half of the first round. ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper ranks him 16th overall -- Kiper has him going 10th to the Tennessee Titans in his latest mock draft -- while Scouts Inc., rates him 14th.

No. 21Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 22Ed Reyonlds, S, Stanford
No. 23Michael Clay, LB, Oregon
No. 24Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 25Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah