The SEC's best 25 players: No. 17

We're staying on the defensive line to find No. 17 on our countdown of the SEC's top 25 players in 2012:

No. 17: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU, Jr.

2011 summary: As a first-year starter, Logan played in all 14 of LSU's games last season, starting 13 of them. Logan finished the year ranked sixth on the team in total tackles (57), adding 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2011 postseason countdown.

Making the case for Logan: Most of the attention paid toward LSU's defensive line has gone to its two ends, but make no mistake, Logan is a real player up front. With Michael Brockers gone, Logan will be LSU's top weapon in the middle. Those around the program think very highly of the junior tackle and predict that he'll have a true breakout year in 2012. He's incredibly strong and agile. Though he did most of his damage in the run game, he has what it takes to be a solid pass-rusher through the middle as well. At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Logan provides enough size to clog the middle, but his speed off the line is what makes him that much more dangerous. One thing that should help Logan is all the attention that will go to his partners on the outside. That should free him up at times, which certainly isn't a good thing for opposing offenses.

The rundown

  • No. 25: Matt Elam, S, Florida, Jr.

  • No. 24: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee, Jr.

  • No. 23: Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M, Sr.

  • No. 22: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, Jr.

  • No. 21: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia, Jr.

  • No. 20: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M, Jr.

  • No. 19: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee, Jr.

  • No. 18: Jesse Williams, NG, Alabama, Sr.