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Kiper's top five players by position

From here on out, this list will include declared draftees

Updated: January 20, 2010, 2:53 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

The positional rankings undergo an important change this week as we condense the juniors and seniors boards into one list that includes all eligible and declared draftees. If you look at the first category -- quarterbacks -- you'll see that Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford are now 1-2, ahead of Colt McCoy, who was No. 1 on this position list just last week. Clausen and Bradford were obviously juniors, but are now declared draftees, so they move here.

At some positions -- DE, S and OT mostly -- juniors invaded these lists. Eric Berry and Earl Thomas both jumped over Taylor Mays at the safety slot, for example. Brandon Graham, who had been the No. 1 senior DE last week, was jumped by four juniors this week.

You can check out the first 2010 mock draft here and the current Big Board here.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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