Kiper's top 5s: Returning players

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

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:44 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

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.

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 latest mock draft here and my updated Big Board here.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst