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Top five seniors by position

Within senior ranks, Jake Locker doesn't fall -- as Lance Kendricks rises

Originally Published: September 22, 2010
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

The lists below spotlight the top seniors in the country by position. Here you'll find guys like Jake Locker, Anthony Castonzo, Daniel Thomas, Noel Devine and more.

The big story of the last week was Locker's poor showing against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Locker doesn't drop here, however. He's still a better pro prospect among seniors than the No. 2 on this list, Christian Ponder, although guys like Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett -- whom you can find on the non-seniors list -- will push him to be the first QB taken overall in 2011, if they declare for the draft. One of those three QBs might be No. 1 overall.

Lance Kendricks of Wisconsin has moved up to the No. 1 overall TE, and there are new names at kicker, punter, ILB and DT.

Note: We're still using 2009 stats; as conference play ramps up, we'll use 2010 stats for everyone on these lists. Otherwise, the massive disparities in competition levels thus far throw everyone off.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst