A postseason ranking of the Big East's Top 30 players ...
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh, Jr.
Preseason rank: 18
Why him here: Sheard is often overlooked on his own defensive line, and teammates Greg Romeus and Mick Williams shared Big East co-defensive player of the year honors this past season. But Sheard is an outstanding player in his own right; he had 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and a team-best 12 quarterback hurries in 2009.
Like Romeus, he's got tremendous speed to go along with his 6-foot-4, 260-pound frame. He may not be the NFL prospect that Romeus is, but the two should combine to form the most fearsome bookend defensive duo in the Big East next season. A big year could put Sheard solidly on the NFL radar as well.
No. 29: Lindsey Witten, DE, Connecticut
No. 30: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati