Yawin Smallwood among Kiper's top ILBs

May, 16, 2013
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Another day, another look at position groups for next year's draft.

Mel Kiper Jr.'s lists Thursday take a look at inside linebackers , outside linebackers and tight ends .

UConn's Yawin Smallwood is the only Big East player to make any of the top-five (or next-man-up) lists, as he comes in at No. 3 among inside linebackers.

The Huskies had four defensive players get drafted last month. Kiper says he can see three of them starting NFL games early in their rookie years. And he thinks Smallwood may be better than all of them, citing the redshirt junior's instincts and awareness on the field and saying that he looks like he reads the game a half-second quicker than everyone around him.

Colleague Travis Haney, meanwhile, ranks the 10 most talented teams in the country , using Mark Schlabach's post-spring top 25, Kiper's top 50 draft prospects and positional prospectus, and the past four years of ESPN.com's recruiting class rankings. No Big East teams make the top 10 or the next-five group.

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