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Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 10

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players continues.

    You can see the final post-2010 top 25 here. It doesn't, however, include players from Colorado or Utah.

    10. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

    2010 numbers: Martin has started 24 of 26 games over the past two seasons at left tackle.

    2010 ranking: Unranked.

    Making the case for Martin: Martin is our pick for the best offensive lineman in the Pac-12. He might be the NFL's pick for the best offensive lineman in college football, as the 6-foot-6, 304-pound redshirt junior is a candidate to be the first off the draft board next spring, though Mel Kiper rates Martin one spot behind USC's junior tackle Matt Kalil. Suffice it to say, he's an almost certain first-round selection. The preseason first-team Playboy All-American earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season after earning honorable mention as a redshirt freshman. Over those two seasons, Martin, the protector of quarterback Andrew Luck's blind side, and the Cardinal line yielded just 13 sacks total, while also leading rushing attacks that averaged 214 and 218 yards per game, respectively. Martin has earned preseason All-American notices from a variety of publications and is on the Outland Trophy watch list. Yes, we are sort of repeating what we typed about linemate David DeCastro -- No. 24 on this list -- with whom Martin forms the best returning line tandem in college football.

    11. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
    12. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
    13. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
    14. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
    15. Delano Howell, S, Stanford
    16. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
    17. Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
    18. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
    Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
    20. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
    21. Robert Woods, WR, USC
    22. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
    23. David Paulson, TE, Oregon
    24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
    25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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