The Pac-12 football season is right around the corner, and with a new commissioner, things look to be on the up and up. There is a lot of secondary talent in the Pac-12. In this article, I will look at the top five defensive backs in the Pac-12.
Trent McDuffie CB Washington JR
McDuffie is the only cornerback coming back to Washington this upcoming year; he is the top cornerback by many scouts in the Pac-12. McDuffie is one of the nation’s best corners and is very good in coverage. Last season McDuffie only had one interception, but he had barely any passes thrown his way. McDuffie graded high in coverage grades in his first two years at Washington and is an outstanding run defender.
Mykael Wright CB Oregon SO
Last season Wright led the Pac-12 in passes defended with nine. At 5-11 185 LBS, Wright is a very athletic corner. Along with Wright’s cover skills, he is also effective against the run. Wright was the highest-rated cornerback against the run in the Pac-12. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, and he will head into his third season as an All-American candidate. Wright is also explosive in the return game; as a freshman, he returned two punts for a touchdown.
Chris Steele CB USC JR
Steele is back for his junior season; he is a bigger corner at 6’1 190 LBS. Steele started all six games in 2020 with 26 tackles, four deflections, and an interception. He was named to the 2020 All-Pac-12 second-team. Steele’s length and size will allow him to play physical, and he will be able to guard the bigger receivers.
Chase Lucas CB Arizona State SR
Lucas was second-team All-Pac-12 last season while only playing in for games. In those four games, Lucas compiled 15 tackles, five passes defended, and forced a fumble. He will be the Sun Devils’ top cornerback and is primed for an outstanding season for Arizona State. Lucas, a 6-foot 180LBS, is one the most veteran defenders in the conference, having started 37 games since coming to ASU in 2016.
Evan Fields S Arizona State SR
Fields led Arizona State in tackles (38) and forced fumbles (3) last season. Fields is a big hitter and is improving at deep safety under Antonio Pierce. Coverage skills will need to be improved to be successful in the NFL. With Fields and Lucas, the Arizona State secondary should be fun to watch.