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Kiper's top 5s: Returning players

Think of this list, in some ways, as an early guide to the 2011 NFL draft

Updated: January 28, 2010, 12:07 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

As I said last week when we first released this ranking, once I begin putting together mock drafts, the juniors list becomes a list of current and rising juniors -- and is made up of players who are not in the pool for the April NFL draft, but could have been, had they opted to jump. Instead, you can think of it as an early road map for the 2011 NFL draft.

Things will change greatly in the summer and fall, of course, but guys like Ryan Mallett, DeAndre McDaniel, Marvin Austin and Terrance Toliver will be names to know and watch for.

You can find my first mock draft here and my updated Big Board here, also.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

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