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Underclassmen prevalent among top five per position

With the draft process just getting under way, here is a look at the top five prospects by position (underclassmen are indicated by a *). It is too soon to evaluate the quarterback position based on rankings, so they are separated into groups of four.

Quarterback:

First-round potentialBlaine Gabbert, Missouri
Jake Locker, Washington
Cam Newton, Auburn
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Next level
Andy Dalton, TCU
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Pat Devlin, Delaware

Running back:

*1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
*3. Mikel LeShoure, Illinois
*4. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
*T-5. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
T-5. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

Wide receiver:

*1. A.J. Green, Georgia
*2. Julio Jones, Alabama
*3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
4. Titus Young, Boise State
T-5. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
T-5. Greg Little, North Carolina
*T-5. Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Tight end:

*1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
5. Charles Clay, Tulsa

Guard/center:

  1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
    1. Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
    2. Danny Watkins, Baylor
    3. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
      T-5. Rodney Hudson, Florida State
      T-5. William Rackley, Lehigh

Tackle:

  1. Nate Solder, Colorado
    1. Anthony Castanzo, Boston College
    2. Tyron Smith, Southern California
    3. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
      T-5. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
      T-5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

Defensive end:

*1. Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
2. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
3. Aldon Smith, Missouri
4. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
*T-5. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
*T-5. Robert Quinn, North Carolina

Defensive tackle:

*1. Nick Fairley, Auburn
*2. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
*3. Corey Liuget, Illinois
*4. Jurrell Casey, Southern California
5. Stephen Paea, Oregon State

Linebacker:

  1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
    *2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
    *3. Justin Houston, Georgia
    1. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
      *5. Martez Wilson, Illinois

Cornerback:

*1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
*3. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)
*4. Aaron Williams, Texas
5. Jimmy Smith, Colorado

Safety:

*1. Rahim Moore, UCLA
2. Ahmad Black, Florida
3. Deunta Williams, North Carolina
*4.Robert Sands, West Virginia
*5. Will Hill, Florida

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