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The Big East's best: No. 3

Continuing the countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East for 2010, taking into account past performance and potential for this coming season ...

No. 3: Jonathan Baldwin, WR Pittsburgh, Jr.

2009 numbers: Caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns.

Postseason ranking: No. 4

Making the case for Baldwin: Of all the great players in the Big East, there is no more imposing physical specimen for his position than Pitt's Baldwin.

He's 6-foot-5 with a 42-inch vertical and sub-4.4 speed, making him an almost impossible matchup for most opposing defensive backs. Baldwin isn't just all measurements and weight-room performance, either. As a sophomore, he took his game to superstar levels, expanding his understanding of routes and simply dominating at times. Baldwin also has great hands and is the league's best deep threat.

About the only complaint you ever hear involving Baldwin is that Pitt doesn't throw to him more often. The Panthers should look to utilize him as much as possible this year, and Baldwin enters the year as a leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, as well as a potential first-round NFL draft pick next April. Pitt's had a lot of great wideouts over the years, including Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant. Baldwin has a chance to earn a legacy right alongside those guys.

Previously:

No. 25: Zach Hurd, OG, Connecticut

No. 24: Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse

No. 23: Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh

No. 22: Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse

No. 21: Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers

No. 20: Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati

No. 19: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

No. 18: Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut

No. 17: Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia

No. 16: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

No. 15: J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia

No. 14: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

No. 13: Jock Sanders, WR, West Virginia

No. 12: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No. 11: Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

No. 10: Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati

No. 9: Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut

No. 8: Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

No. 7: Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers

No. 6: B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida

No. 5: Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati

No. 4: Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh