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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Future NFL draft picks

By Andrea Adelson

One more NFL draft related post for you before I quit until the season starts. Mel Kiper already has his rankings of the top five draft-eligible players at each position Insider for the 2012 NFL draft. Remember, this list only includes rising seniors and does not hazard a guess at juniors who may leave school early.

There are plenty of non-AQ players sprinkled throughout this list. Tops is Matt Reynolds of BYU, listed as the No. 1 tackle available. Reynolds could have left school early but decided to return for one more season and is likely to be a first-round pick next year. Right behind him is Nate Potter of Boise State at No. 2 on the list.

Among the others:

Doug Martin of Boise State at No. 4 among running backs

Ladarius Green of Louisiana at No. 5 among tight ends

Vinny Curry of Marshall at No. 3 among defensive ends

Tank Carder of TCU at No. 2 among inside linebackers

Brian Stahovich of San Diego State at No. 3 and Kyle Martens of Rice at No. 5 among punters.

As you can see, Kellen Moore of Boise State is not on his quarterbacks list. Moore might not have the prototypical size, but he does have plenty of football smarts and he knows how to win. Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick were not on this list before the start of the 2011 season, but both managed to go in the second round. Plenty of time yet before next April!