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Kiper's top 5s: Returning players

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

Originally Published: April 14, 2010
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

The focus now is on the 2010 NFL draft, just a week away. This list, however, is made up of players who are not in the pool for this month's 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 (even with the foot injury), DeAndre McDaniel, Marvin Austin and Terrance Toliver will be names to know and watch for.

This is the list to start studying the day after the draft.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst