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Evaluation helped motivate Spielman before '88 draft

For every bust in the NFL draft, there's been a boon. Mel Kiper Jr. lists the top 10 players who exceeded his draft expectations since he first started covering the draft in 1979.

Updated: April 18, 2008, 11:36 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
This year will be the 30th year I've evaluated talent for the NFL draft (and my 25th year with ESPN) with my draft guide. There have been times when my evaluations of players matched what they would do in the NFL, and then there are those players who exceeded the kind of career I thought they would have after college.

Here's a look at the 10 players (listed chronologically) I thought teams reached for too early or whom I projected to be career backups.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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