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Ranking the Pac-10's 30 best players: No. 5

4/7/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

No. 5

 O'Dowd
Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC: What's the deal with the Pac-10 and centers of late? California's Alex Mack and Oregon's Max Unger likely will be selected in the first two rounds of this month's NFL draft, and O'Dowd may shortly join them -- he projects as being the first center selected in the 2010 NFL draft if he opts to bypass his senior season. He also joined them as a member of the first-team All-Pac-10 offensive line last year as a true sophomore. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Tucson, Ariz., native -- a former Parade All-American -- will be the anchor of what will be one of the nation's best offensive lines this fall, though he is sitting out spring practices after shoulder surgery. O'Dowd has physical skills. In the 2007 opener vs. Idaho, he became the first USC true freshman to start at center and just the third Trojan freshman to start on the offensive line in a season opener, post-World War II. He's also smart, which helps when you're calling the line signals for the Trojans' complicated offense. He's the total package, almost a sure thing to earn All-American honors, barring injury.

6. Brian Price, DT, UCLA
7. Damian Williams, WR, USC
8. Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California
9. Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon

10. Walter Thurmond, CB, Oregon
11. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
12. Joe McKnight, RB, USC
13. Dexter Davis, DE, Arizona State
14. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon
15. Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA
16. Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
17. Charles Brown, OT, USC
18. Will Tukuafu, DE, Oregon
19. Josh Pinkard, DB, USC
20. Reggie Carter, LB, UCLA
21. Stafon Johnson, RB, USC
22. James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
23. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington
24. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State; Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
25. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
26. Tyson Alualu, DE, California
27. Devin Ross, CB, Arizona
28. Keaton Kristick, LB, Oregon State
29. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
30. Everson Griffen, DE, USC