Plenty of talented juniors
Mel Kiper Jr. takes draft-related questions on this year's impact juniors as well as Boise State QB Ryan Dinwiddie and Miami linebacker D.J. Williams.
Q: Who are the top juniors who could impact the draft by coming out, and who is making a move up the draft board?
James, Virginia Beach, Va.
On defense, Tommie Harris of Oklahoma and Vince Wilfork of Miami lead the way up front. It looks like Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson will be coming back to school so linebacker won't be a big spot for juniors, but among defensive backs Miami safety Sean Taylor looks like a top-10 pick and Ohio State cornerback Chris Gamble should also be a first-rounder.
As for players moving up, NC State quarterback Philip Rivers is looking better all the time. He goes 6-4½, 228 pounds but plays shorter because of his unorthodox delivery, but his accuracy and pocket presence make him an accurate passer and tremendous leader. At this point he looks like a third-round choice, something I could not have said at the beginning of the season.
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