The SEC's best 25 players: No. 14

It's a good year for offensive linemen in the SEC, and this next guy figures to be one of the best:

No. 14: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU, Jr.

2011 summary: After playing right tackle as a redshirt freshman, Faulk shifted to left tackle last season and started in 13 games. He was a second-team All-SEC selection by The Associated Press and a big part of an offensive line that allowed just 18 sacks in 14 games and paved the way for a running game that finished second in the SEC with an average of 202.6 yards per game.

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

Making the case for Faulk: If you're looking for a big, athletic left tackle who can deal with the most explosive pass-rushers and also mash people in the run game, Faulk is your guy. At 6-foot-6 and 323 pounds, he's a massive individual who has unbelievable quickness for someone his size. Faulk also has the power to drive people off the ball and was third on LSU's team last season with 73.5 knockdown blocks. A former basketball player in high school, Faulk goes against Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo every day in practice, so he's accustomed to seeing top-flight pass-rushers. Last season was only Faulk's first as a full-time starter. He has everything it takes to emerge as the SEC's premier left tackle in 2012.

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.

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

  • No. 16: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee, Jr.

  • No. 15: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas, Sr.