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Top 5s for the 2012 draft

This is an early list of the top five prospects, per position, for the 2012 draft

Originally Published: February 23, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Now that the early-entry deadline is past, we know which top NFL prospects have opted to stay in school for 2011. This also gives us an early look at which guys will dominate the Big Board in the coming year, with early favorites including Andrew Luck, Janoris Jenkins and Justin Blackmon. All the players on this list, including the newcomers, will be draft-eligible in 2011.

This list won't change a ton between now and the 2011 draft -- after all, these guys won't be at the combine and working out for teams, doing all the things 2011 draftees will be doing -- but you can think of it as a very early (very early) road map to the 2012 NFL draft.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst