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2011 NFL draft: Top 5s

This is a (very) early road map for the proceedings in 11 months

Updated: May 7, 2010, 3:25 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

About two weeks ago, I released my 2010 NFL draft grades. The NFL has become a 24-7, 12-month operation, though; so we're looking at the 2011 NFL draft -- the dates are as of yet undetermined by the league -- already.

The lists below will show you the top five players at each position among seniors and players expected to consider entering the '11 draft. You can use it as a very early road map for that draft; much will change in the summer, the fall college football season and then, obviously, the litany of pre-draft workouts and tests for those who do declare.

You've already heard some of the main names to keep track of, for sure -- Jake Locker, Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett, Anthony Castonzo, Marcell Dareus, Adrian Clayborn, etc. -- but these lists offer a look at position depth, as well.

(Asterisk denotes underclassmen.)


Well, here we go. Onward and upward to April 2011. To get the full value at each position, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst