Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 12

Our countdown of the top 25 players in 2012 continues.

You can see our preseason top 25 here.

No. 12: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

2012 numbers: Poyer had 51 tackles, including five tackles for a loss and two sacks. He had seven interceptions, 14 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Preseason ranking: No. 17

Making the case for Poyer: The consensus All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 performer was the leader of a secondary that ranked third in the Pac-12 and 20th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. His seven interceptions ranked first in the Pac-12 and second in the nation. A second-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2011 after grabbing four interceptions, Poyer took another step forward in 2012 and his payoff likely will come shortly in the NFL draft, where he's expected to be an early-round draft pick. A solid 6-foot, 190 pounds, Poyer is rated the No. 5 cornerback by ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.

No. 13: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

No. 14: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

No. 15: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

No. 16: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

No. 17: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford

No. 18: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

No. 19: David Yankey, OL, Stanford

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

No. 21: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

No. 22: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

No. 23: Michael Clay, LB, Oregon

No. 24: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

No. 25: Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah