Pac-12 football preview: The top 10 players for 2022

Not long ago, the Pac-12’s talent scale tilted unmistakably to the offense, particularly the skill positions. The conference regularly rolled out a handful of NFL-caliber quarterbacks supported by high-end tailbacks and receivers.

But as we examine the personnel in 2022, it’s clear the majority of the conference’s best players are on defense — and not in the secondary.

A quality case could be made that the defensive front, long one of the weaker position groups, has the highest concentration of talent.

The Hotline’s ranking of the top 10 players ignores position value, either in the college game or the NFL Draft, and takes a pound-for-pound approach to talent.


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