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Kiper's Top 5 by position: Offense

With less than a month to go, here's the latest intelligence on the biggest names

Originally Published: April 9, 2009
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
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*Asterisk denotes underclassman


Quarterbacks
1. *Matthew Stafford, Georgia
2. *Mark Sanchez, USC
3. *Josh Freeman, Kansas State
4. Stephen McGee, Texas A&M
5. *Nate Davis, Ball State

Stafford is worthy of being the No. 1 pick in the draft, while Sanchez is definitely one of the top five to eight players available. If he slides to the 10th spot or later, he'll qualify as a major steal. Had he returned to USC for his final season of collegiate eligibility, Sanchez more than likely would have been the top pick in the 2010 draft.

Freeman is an interesting prospect, from the standpoint that he throws accurately and has imposing size at nearly 6-foot-6, 245 pounds. However, his occasional periods of inconsistent play slot him in the boom-or-bust category, so he's a borderline mid-to-late first-rounder or early second-rounder.

The rest of Mel's rankings are for ESPN Insiders. Insider

Mel Kiper Jr.

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