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Kiper's top 5s: Returning players

Think of this list as an early guide to the 2011 NFL draft

Updated: March 10, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

This list is made up of players who are not in the pool for April's 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 also will 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 for 2010 by going here.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst