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Mel Kiper's top five juniors by position

With Notre Dame in the news, two Fighting Irish stars rise in my class rankings

Originally Published: December 2, 2009
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a new head coach next season -- the question now may become twofold, as in "Who will be under center?" I just moved Jimmy Clausen up to No. 1 among junior quarterbacks. He's been behind Sam Bradford of the Oklahoma Sooners for weeks now. The other big Notre Dame move was Golden Tate getting to No. 5 among WRs on this list. After seeing him play against Stanford, I really thought he bore some similarities to Percy Harvin, currently of the Minnesota Vikings. About seven weeks remain until everyone has to declare for the NFL draft and the first mock draft will roll out. Bowl-game season should shake some things out as well. Keep checking back.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

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