Pac-10 top 25 from 2010: No. 6

We continue our countdown of the Pac-10's 25 best players from 2010.

Note: Because we are ranking players based on this past season, it's Pac-10, not Pac-12.

Here are the preseason rankings (click each name to read the blurb).

No. 6. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona

2010 numbers: Criner led the Pac-10 in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,233), and ranked second with 11 touchdown receptions. His yardage total ranked ninth in the nation.

Preseason ranking: Unranked

Making the case for Criner: Criner's case is simple: He was the best receiver in the Pac-10 by a wide margin in 2010. His 94.8 receiving yards per game was 10 more than anyone else. And, since he opted to return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft, the 6-foot-4, 210 pounder will be an All-American and Biletnikoff Award candidate in 2011, particularly if he improves as much as he did from 2009, when he was second on the Wildcats with 45 receptions for 582 yards and team-high nine touchdowns. The most interesting aspect of Criner is that he has plenty of room to get better in all aspects of his game. If he does, he'll bolster his -- and probably quarterback Nick Foles' -- NFL draft prospects substantially.

No. 7. Chris Polk, RB, Washington

No. 8. Cameron Jordan, DE, California

No. 9. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

No. 10. Chase Beeler, C, Stanford

No. 11. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

No. 12. Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon

No. 13 Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

No. 14. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

No. 15. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona

No. 16. Tyron Smith, OT, USC

No. 17. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

No. 18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

No. 19. Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

No. 20. Talmadge Jackson, CB, Oregon

No. 21. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

No. 22. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

No. 23. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington

No. 24. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

No. 25. Shane Vereen, RB, California