This list 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. You can think of it as an early road map for the 2011 NFL draft. Obviously, some of the top sophomores in the nation will also be in this mix next season.
Mel Kiper's traditional "top 5 juniors" list has since shifted to juniors and rising juniors -- in a way, you can think of it as a very early road map for the 2011 NFL draft at each position. Things will, though, change greatly in the fall.