Kiper's all-time NFL draft grades

Mel looks back over 35 years to reveal the top graded prospects at every position

Updated: April 17, 2013, 11:05 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Mel KiperESPN.com IllustrationMel Kiper's draft report has undergone some changes over 35 years.

This year represents the 35th anniversary of Mel Kiper's NFL draft guide. To celebrate, Mel combed through his guides and found the prospects with the best grades, separated by position. Remember: These grades were given before the players were drafted, and do not do not reflect players' performance in the NFL. No player who was drafted before 1979 is eligible.

Mel Kiper's all-time NFL draft grades Insider

Offense

Top 10 QBs
Andrew Luck, John Elway among the top 10.
Top 10 RBs
Eric Dickerson, Ricky Williams are two of the top 10 RBs.
Top 10 WRs, TEs
Calvin Johnson, Art Monk among best prospects.
Top 10 O-linemen
Willie Roaf, Tony Mandarich among the top rated.

Defense

Top 10 D-linemen
Bruce Smith, Tony Casillas among top 10.
Top 10 LBs
LaVar Arrington, Brian Bosworth among top 10.
Top 10 in secondary
Deion Sanders, Ronnie Lott among top 10.
Top 10 special teamers
Sebastian Janikowski, Brad Maynard among top 10.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst