Top 5: Juniors by position

Ranking top junior or draft-eligible sophomore NFL prospects, by position

Originally Published: August 29, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Each of the players ranked here will have the option to return to school instead of opting to enter the 2013 draft class. But as anyone who follows the NFL draft knows, many top prospects in the draft come from this group. Currently, 19 of the 25 players on my first Big Board of the college football season come from this group.

This should offer a good reflection of the depth at each position group, but expect these rankings to shift plenty during the season. In fact, many guys here are full-time starters for the first time, so it'll be time to justify the hype.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst