Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 10

August, 16, 2011
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



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