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Top 5: Seniors by position

A ranking of the top five senior NFL prospects, by position, heading into the 2011 season

Originally Published: July 8, 2011
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

With the college football season now onlly weeks away, it's time to look at who I have on my radar at every positional group. Naturally, I'm not evaluating these guys based simply on who is putting up the best numbers; it's about how they stack up as NFL prospects. And as the season gets going, you can expect this list to change often.

This list consists of the top seniors, eligible for the 2012 NFL draft. Often, on the overall board, there are juniors rated higher -- after all, many players who could be seniors in 2011 opted to head to the NFL already. But you can certainly think of this list, and the juniors list, as a very early roadmap to the 2012 NFL draft.

For prospects together, here is the first 2012 NFL draft Big Board, from weeks ago.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst