Mel Kiper's top 5 juniors by position

The rise of Texas safety Earl Thomas continues here

Originally Published: January 13, 2010
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

On the Big Board, I moved Texas safety Earl Thomas from "NR" last week to No. 11 this week. Here, among juniors, he shows up at No. 2 -- right behind Tennessee's Eric Berry, whom I have as a top-three guy on the Big Board. The first mock draft will be next week -- Jan. 20, 2010 -- so check back then to see where some of these guys are initially placed in terms of NFL teams.

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