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Top 5: Juniors by position

A ranking of the top five junior 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 across all positional groups. 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 juniors or draft-eligible sophomores, eligible for the 2012 NFL draft. Often, on the overall board, there are seniors rated higher -- but this gives you a chance to see guys rated against others within their own class. But you can certainly think of this list, and the seniors list, as a very early roadmap to the 2012 NFL draft (and perhaps 2013).

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

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