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AFC North left tackle rankings

ESPN.com unveiled it's 2011 left tackle rankings this week and only one player from the division -- Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns -- made the cut.

Here is how we rank the starting left tackles in the AFC North:

1. Joe Thomas, Browns

Skinny: Thomas was voted the best left tackle in the league, so there is no debating he's tops in the division. Thomas has been to four straight Pro Bowls in four seasons, and doesn't have any major weaknesses in his game.

2. Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals

Skinny: Whitworth lived up to his billing as one of the league's most underrated players by not making the cut this week. I voted for Whitworth and thought he deserved to be in the top 10, but Whitworth finished No. 11. Much of it has to do with the fact Whitworth plays for the Bengals and many aren't familiar with him on a national scale.

3. Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens

Skinny: After a great rookie year at right tackle, Oher followed up with an average campaign on the left side in his second season. Following the Jared Gaither saga last season, the Ravens moved Oher to left tackle out of necessity and he didn't seem ready. Oher had too many struggles and penalties for the position and needs to develop more consistency. The good thing about Oher is he's still young and growing into the position.

4. Jonathan Scott and Max Starks, Pittsburgh Steelers

Skinny: I listed both because they each started about half the season for Pittsburgh in 2010. Max Starks, the better of the two, started seven games before his season ended with a neck injury. Starks' return should boost the Steelers this upcoming season. Scott started nine games and was inconsistent.